Arlene Wohl

I make cloth for the body because I love all the transformations that happen on the long journey from the selection of yarns to the coat on the wearer’s back.

I love the idea and the process of selecting distinct yarns and weaving them into a cloth so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, each strand having lost a little of its identity as it contributes, offers itself to the cloth.

I love the transformation that happens to the cloth when it becomes a garment, and I love it when the garment is worn and transforms the wearer just as the wearer transforms the garment. It is a menage a trois between the creator, the work, and the wearer which happens when clothing becomes more than material. It can endow the wearer with spirit, image, identity. She can don a new personality with each dress.

 

She is what she wears.

 

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