STUDIO VISIT: Pietsie Campbell of Pietsie Clothing
Artist: Pietsie Campbell
A studio visit with one of our nearest and dearest friends always fills us with inspiration. And it’s no coincidence that the soft silhouettes of her clothing line leave us feeling the same way.
Drawing inspiration from Japan, North Africa and the desert south west, Pietsie Campbell creates clothes for her eponymous label that reflect her love for beautiful fabrics and easy shapes. Relaxed pants, loose caftans and soft dresses complete a laid-back daily uniform. The line is sewn ethically and sustainably in California.
The Echo Park Craft Fair is celebrating our 10 year anniversary this Holiday, 2019. Can you speak to how long you’ve been doing the Fair and how the EPCF community has contributed to the evolution of your work and business?
I started doing the fair in 2015 and back then I was making children’s clothes. Before that I attended the Echo Park Craft fair when it was being held in Beatrice and Rachel’s back yards. Our kids would run around, eat Alejandra’s Quesadilla’s and help with the load-in. The Craft Fair has always had a fun family vibe and our kids have basically grown up together.
Please tell us about the current work you will featuring this Holiday and speak a bit to how you/your work as evolved over the last decade?
I’m using lots of cosy flannels and corduroy this season. All the fabric is imported from Japan and is cut and sewn here in Los Angeles. We have an amazing cutter named Cesar who has worked with us from the beginning…he can hand-cut around the shorter fabric rolls so we get lots of variety and no waste.
The ethics of production are on our minds a lot recently – questions of sustainability, fair labor, location, and artistic integrity. How do these concepts come into play in your craft and your business? What choices do you make that take into account these ideas?
This is such an important part of how we make our clothes. The skilled, independent contractors we use are supporting themselves and their families, so we are happy to keep production local and pay more for their work. I think our customer thinks it’s important as well.
Can you speak a bit to your process? What inspires your work? What techniques do you use to produce your designs? What is the history behind those techniques, and does that inform how you utilize them in your process?
I design for myself, so when I create a piece it’s usually out of need. I’m also a lover of fabric so every one of my pieces starts with that inspiration. We have started designing our own fabric for SS20 and it’s opened up a whole new world for me.
What is your underlying philosophy/core vision for your work? And what impact do you hope your creative work will have on your community?
I want to make comfortable, easy-care clothes in exceptional fabrics for everyday that will become your forever pieces.