The line between fine art and fashion just got a little more blurry.
Manoosh Collection Launch
Nov 5, 6–8 p.m.
Julie Rhodes Fashion & Home
6209 Edloe St.
Houstonians Nancy Guthrie and Anna Wilson have joined forces to launch Manoosh, a new gifts and accessories collection that transfers paintings and sketches by local artists into stunning scarves and paper goods, from letterpress cards to handmade silk journals.
Wilson has long been inspired by artists, and particularly of the stories told about her great-aunt Jane Peterson, an impressionist in the early 1900s who painted alongside Picasso, owned a pet monkey, and has a pair of her paintings displayed in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The rest of Wilson's family, however, has long been involved in more practical pursuits as the owners of a textile manufacturing company.
It wasn't until Wilson met her soon-to-be mother-in-law, Guthrie, that the idea for combining local art and textiles really took shape.
Gauzy, lightweight, and luxurious scarves form the base of the collection, taken from works by Guthrie's mother, distinguished artist Marilyn Biles. Biles' works are dreamy abstracts that, in textile form, seem like simple ombre patterns at first glance, with soft hues that seem to melt into one another punctuated by contrasting pops of rich color; a sliver of green, or a deep indigo on an edge.
"Marilyn's paintings work so well as scarves because when it's overlapped you feel the colors differently than when it's opened up," said Wilson. "We really want to bring art the public so that it's not just in a museum out there and available. It's important to us that every piece has the artist's name on it so people know who created it."
Currently available at Saint Cloud, Round Top Inn, and at frommanoosh.com, Manoosh scarves are $150 for a cashmere/modal blend and $275 for the slightly thicker 100-percent cashmere version. In addition to Biles's scarves, Manoosh is creating letterpress cards from the whimsical illustrations of Annie Jones and the watercolors of Kathleen McElwaine. Soon Wilson is also hoping to incorporate the impressionist works of her great-aunt Jane into the collection as well.