Jennifer Parry Dodge is a Los Angeles–based designer, whose line of beautiful, vibrant textiles and clothing, Ermie, was inspired by her background in fine arts and names after her great-aunt Ermengarde. We spoke to her about the process behind her intricately detailed creations.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I have a BFA in fine arts printmaking (I also studied painting and drawing) from the Minneapolis College of and Design. I never formally studied textiles, or fashion design- but I think my background in printmaking has definitely informed my work. I loved making one of a kind monoprints in college … I make a lot of one of a kind pieces with my line, ERMIE. I tend to think and work in layers of color when hand- dyeing, that is directly related to my background in printmaking. My textiles have been described as being “painterly”- I agree!
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
Yes- my dye studio is in my back yard in Los Angeles. I work out doors. I find myself being subconsciously influenced by the colors of the seasonal California flora and fauna constantly. I always laugh when I look at some yardage that I’ve made and realize that I’ve done that again! I can’t imagine working indoors: It’s great that you can work outside nearly 365 days out of the year in Southern California.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Coffee, beautiful fabric made from natural materials, quiet.
Some of Jennifer’s beautiful pieces below…