For my Fall 2018 collection, I found inspiration in the transition between summer and fall in New England, layering warm and cool weather pieces in a palette that pays homage to both seasons. The collection’s silhouettes and imagery pay homage to where the geometric and organic collide: using a variety of modified circle, arc, and grid motifs. On several seersucker T-shirt’s, flat bottomed circles represent the sun on the horizon. On many pieces, I combined undyed and dyed fabrics using both right and wrong sides. Several pieces feature fabric woven by hand from my studio’s plentiful fabric scraps in a palette to match the rest of the garments,
The collection focuses on two simple shapes made up in both new (domestically milled, organic) and vintage fabrics, embellished with handcraft techniques that utilize recycled materials. To make many of the pieces in the collection, I collaborated with Dyer Maker’s Amy Lou Stein to dye custom textiles using plants, flowers, and even rusted objects, many of which came from Stein’s own neighborhood in Somerville, MA. McVay also worked with farmer Katy Riley of Tree House Farms to create felt jewelry and embellishments handmade from local sheep’s wool.