Twain's Twines

Twain's Twines

About The Artist

Twain Revell • New York, NY

Expressing one's individuality and saving the environment speaks to who Twain Revell is. The birth of Twain's Twines came as a result of her desire to involve herself in every aspect of the fashion process - spinning yarn, designing patterns, and constructing garments to completion exemplifies her talent. The goal is to empower one to be their best self. Whether from the yarn of an Angora rabbit or from mud cloth printed in Mali, every garment is made with love and designed to perfection.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

As a designer/ fiber artist, there are always fabrics that may be selected to design specific garments; however, it brings me a great deal of joy to utilize fibers that are organic, whether it is from sheep, rabbits or plants. ie. cotton and linen. My goal is to create garments that allows me to maintain the authenticity of the materials that I am using. I love white Angora rabbits and have been personally raising them for almost forty years. If the garments are made from Angora fibers, the first step begins with being committed to providing love to nurture the Angora rabbits. That means, feeding them and maintaining their environment - keeping their cages clean and a healthy diet. Secondly, combing the hair that they shed and spinning that fiber into yarn. The hair is never cut from the rabbit. I only comb the hair that they shed. Finally, I spin it into yarn. I spin it very thin and then go back and triple ply the yarn, i.e. Navajo plying, to get 100% Angora yarn. I don't dye the yarn because it looks so "Angelic" when it is worn. The same process applies to utilizing fleece from the sheep. I am always concerned about the environment as I create.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I love to create, knit, and make garments from the mosaic mud cloth, as well as Angora fiber. In each case, a unique and one of a kind piece has been made.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I get my fiber from the source. Whether it is the Angora fiber or mud cloth from its original home of Mali, Africa, something unique is being created. Additionally, there are seven tribes in Mali that produce mud cloth. The mud from the River Niger must ferment for one year before it is used to make mud cloth. After I design a garment, I keep every scrap and that is where the magic begins. Each scrap is left in its original shape and the design creates itself, whether a jacket or dress or a pair of pants.