DVF Studio event: Meet Desire at the DVF Soho store
DVF Studio event: Meet Desire at the DVF Soho store, 135 Wooster Street, NYC, on September 27th, 2017 at an evening party to celebrate her exclusive DVF Studio collaboration. Places are free but limited so sign up to reserve your spot HERE.
Born in Berlin and raised in Turkey, 27-year-old Desire Moheb-Zandi now lives in Brooklyn, where she makes arresting and all-consuming wall hangings that combine traditional weaving and materials with severely unconventional found items and techniques. “In my work, I try to juxtapose natural textiles with more severe, urban materials. It’s a way for me to break from traditional textile art techniques and provoke a wide range of emotions in the viewer,” she says.
Growing up in the Middle East in an all-female household, Desire has always questioned gender roles and the often-stifling expectations of women. After a childhood spent watching her grandmother weaving at home, she studied in Boston, and then Miami, and eventually decided to take up the practice herself when she moved to New York aged 22. Through her newfound skill, she began to explore and attempt to communicate ideas of gender roles and societal norms connected to domesticity.
To celebrate New York Textile Month 2017, DVF commissioned Desire to make two wall hangings that incorporate textiles from the Fall 17 collection. “I was drawn to the Elsden print, it has a background of light salmon pink, with this bright clear ocean blue. With the accents of coral, it’s like a sunset and the ocean.” For her weavings she interwove collection fabrics, including silk twill, paillettes, and faux fur, with customary noble yarns and atypical materials such as rubber and plastic.