Deborah Monaghan of ThinkBody: Horse Anatomy Silk Scarves

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Deborah Monaghan of ThinkBody: Horse Anatomy Silk Scarves

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Introducing our new Featured Maker, designer Deborah Monaghan of ThinkBody!  Deborah's silk scarves are nothing short of an original and creative collision between art and science.  In each listing, you can view a diagram that illustrates how Deborah's examination of each animal's anatomy brought her to the end design.  We are especially drawn to the functionality of Deborah's work as a scarf, and her choice of silk as a renewable resource.  Read on for more of Deborah's background, inspiration, and process.

 

My materials are appropriate to their utility. Silk insulates very well. It keeps the wearer warm in cold temperatures, and is cooler than many other fabrics in warm temperatures. Western scarves are both traditional and highly functional. My process is one of attention - focusing obliquely on the aspects of anatomy that are both unique and functional. The meditative process I go through during my design process hopefully carries through in the design and resonates with the end user. 

 

12mm and 19mm 100% silk, digitally printed with pigment inks, machine rolled hems. Printed and sewn in the USA.

 

Care Instructions:

Silk, in particular, requires gentle care-taking to keep its fibers intact. 

Hand wash scarves in lukewarm water instead of putting them in the washing machine. Use a mild soap such as hand soap or shampoo. Do not wring, twist, or rub the silk scarf while washing. Do not soak for more than 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Air drying your scarf is always the best option because it is the most gentle. Lay flat or hang dry. Do not dry in the dryer unless on a "no heat" setting. Do not dry in direct sunlight, unless you want a faded version of the scarf, which may be pretty...

If you must remove wrinkles on your silk scarf, never iron it while it is dry. Iron while damp. Don’t spot damp either, as these could create circle or round marks that are ugly. Lastly, never use high heat when ironing silk. Make sure iron is set on ‘cool’. Shower steaming or garment steaming is a safe option for removing wrinkles.

Don't be afraid to wear these scarves regularly. Life is to be used. 

 

Q & A with Deborah:

 

Tell me a bit about your background and how that lead to ThinkBody. 

ThinkBody was one of those things that I never saw coming but is an amalgamation of so many of my interests and experiences: mind-body connection, healing modalities, fashion, interior design, a love affair with the natural world (mammals included), abstract and macro photography (Karl Blossfeldt), scientific illustrations, and a rejection of technological advancements that detract from a tactile world and way of being in the body (computer screens). There is a longer story in here, but I will leave it at that for now.

 

What is your design inspiration and what prompted the idea to start making silk scarves? 

I think the objects we buy and use in our lives are best when imbued with meaning and utility; I'm not too fond of materialism. Making these patterns and products is a way for me to encourage my own biases or more kindly, philosophies into the world. The patterns, I hope, cause one to pause and increase one's inventory of appreciation. The scarves are my nod to the above and to express my adoration for the west. 

 

Where can people find you? 

Folks can find my pillows at the Architects Wife in Bozeman and hopefully soon in Jackson, WY (stay tuned on that). Scarves can be found at Spurline and Out of the Blue Antiques in Livingston.

Any customization, special order or direct order can be placed through my website thinkbodydesign.com, just shoot me an email at deborah@thinkbodydesign.com and we can take it from there. I love the person to person correspondence.  Custom color orders take 3-4 weeks. 

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