PO-EM is a creative collection of handmade textile, wares and art by artist & designer Carla Venticinque-Osborn (hi). Collections take inspiration from stories, poems, the hand's work, the animal gaze, storytelling through pattern, utility, and merging old things with new things. Every piece is intent on being genuine, and serves as an ode to the handmade.
Textiles & Process: Far from commonplace, PO-EM textiles are made from homespun and handwoven natural fibers, and use natural dyes for color. Traditional methods of artisan design are explored such as block printing, weaving and resist-dying. Textile works are proudly made in partnership with established artisan cooperatives and workshops in India, Guatemala and Mexico. Small collections of artful textiles made into clothing and home goods are released often in small batches.
Art: Current art includes works on paper and ceramics. With an undergraduate degree in Sculpture/Art and a graduate degree in Arts & Arts Education, my art practice and subsequent career in the arts has spanned almost 20 years. This studio practice is the reference point for all design that is eventually produced by PO-EM.
Production & Mission: PO-EM's products are produced via socially and environmentally positive channels of production (natural non-toxic dyes and materials, fair pay, supporting craftspeople-artisans-makers). The world needs more good, it needs to slow down - PO-EM is an artist's attempt to insert thoughtful pauses amongst a fast-paced world via artfully sustainable wares.