For Lindsey Lang, founder of Lindsey Lang Design Ltd., the whole architecture of the natural world inspires her hand knotted, hand-tufted bespoke rugs. Her passion for the infinite patterns and geometries of stone, sea and flowers have been with her since she was a child obsessed with digging to find small-striated fossils and rocks. Her passion for justice has also been with her since childhood and, she says, her affiliation with GoodWeave® powers her conviction that business must be ethical. “What GoodWeave does for us is just really important.”
The Kansas-born, London-based designer, whose home is an old Dutch barge, works from a studio in a Victorian railway arch that still enjoys intermittent train rumblings. Both the boat and railway arch energize her, she says. Looking back at her conventional Midwest childhood, one might be surprised at her life and work today, but she says she was propelled by a singular determination to be an artist. On an athletic scholarship at Wichita State, she remembers trying to juggle her art studies at with the demands of NCAA college softball. But art won over softball and off she went to Kansas University’s well-regarded art department, followed by a move to study design in London’s prestigious CSM. And London was definitely a you’re-not- in- Kansas any more moment. “I knew I needed more skills to be able to do a graphic design job.”
The breakout experience, she says, was interning and later working with Finnish textile artist Anne Kyyro Quinn. There she began believing it was possible to thrive as a textile artist. “Growing up in Kansas where nobody does this kind of thing, you might think this is not possible.”
Still testing what is possible, Lindsey’s rugs are bold, statement pieces sought after by a sophisticated following of design savvy clients looking for something fundamentally organic but still edgy. “Curve”, for example, is a play on the radiating concentric circles formed “as if someone has thrown a rock in the water” and inspired by watery reflections from the deck of her seaworthy home.
The excitement of design, she says, comes from pushing boundaries as she has in “Bantam”. The textured, looped rug, an homage to the fluttery black and white dotted feathers and geometry of a bantam. This piece, she hopes, draws the viewer into what she calls its “sacred geometry”,
The rug she is most connected to, not surprisingly, is “Scatter”. Its abstract shapes seem to almost tumble atop one another yielding interplay of shape and color. “Scatter”, says the almost thoroughly assimilated Londoner with a smile, is that very special yellow of fields of Kansas sunflowers, still a powerful reminder of her childhood and home.
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