In Keeping: A monthly blog series that dives deeper into the ethos of the brands we carry at KEEPER and the new pieces we have in store.
We're thrilled to introduce PO-EM, a creative studio based in the US that specializes in artful hand block-printed textiles.
"PO-EM designs are inspired by nature, antiquity, and celebrating concepts of hope and renewal."
"Carla Venticinque-Osborn is the artist and designer behind PO-EM. She is a first generation American, with a mother from Colombia and a father from Sicily/Argentina. These cultural roots often influence her designs, exploring themes of belonging and renewal alongside patterns influenced by folk arts and ancient motifs. Carla holds a degree in Sculpture/Integrative Arts and a Masters in Art & Arts Education. PO-EM was founded in 2015 as a way to bridge her designs with heritage production techniques and traditions, working to both celebrate and support handmade industries and to offer a poetic connection to sustainable goods." - PO-EM
As a brand, that aspires to foster moments of reflection in a fast-paced world, through artistically sustainable goods, the PO-EM ethos is near-and-dear to us at KEEPER. This month we brought in The Maker Top in Berryfield. The Maker Top is based on a vintage Italian find (we love when a find is so good, you wanna recreate it!) This piece is crafted from soft and light handwoven cotton and features naturally dyed and then block printed (by hand) stripes.
How we'd style it: This piece would go great with your fav pair of vintage jeans, or try a little print mixing with a bold print in a similar color story. We also think it would look reeeally cute with the Arc Pants (in new olive hue!) Tucked in or left out, you're gtg!
Other reasons we love them: Through traditional artistic techniques such as block printing, weaving, and resist-dying, PO-EM textiles are meticulously crafted in small-batches through socially and environmentally positive means, while also supporting skilled craftspeople and artisans.
From PO-EM founder Carla: "PO-EM is a one-person, woman-owned small business built around the idea of offering you artful handmade pieces unlike any other within the marketplace of slow fashion and sustainable homewares and art. Thank you for your support and for following along on this creative journey!"
We're so excited to have PO-EM in store at KEEPER, these pieces will be available online and in our new storefront upon re-opening this spring! If you purchase a piece from KEEPER we'd love to see how you style it! Tag us on your social channels or use hashtag #keeperdoorco