We’ve long been friends and fans of the painter Rainen Knecht, enjoying our encounters in social setting where we could relish her penchant for vintage Marimekko outfits and her dry sense of humor.
In early 2015 we were floored by her show of dreamy and haunting paintings at Capital gallery, so we asked her to create a series of appliquéd clothing and objects assembled from archived Gravel & Gold clothing and fabrics.
After this successful collaboration, we commissioned a print design for our Fall 2016 collection of clothing and accessories. We could not have been more pleased with the results.
Night Landscape is an assemblage of graphic elements rendered in Knecht's playful yet meticulous style. The print is composed of abstracted flowers, architecture, trees, and geometric shapes, which create a dream landscape, moving the viewer in and out, over and under, the natural and hand-made.
The print recalls Knecht’s artistic influences; sketches by textile and fashion designer Sonia Delauney, the loose, dynamic patterns of decorated surfaces produced by the Omega Workshop, and the eclectic graphic textile designs of the Wiener Werkstatte. She also drew influence from her extensive collection of fashion magazines from 1930s and 40s, as well as 1970s-era issues of Abitare, the Italian design and architecture magazine.
Born in Gig Harbor, WA in 1982 Knecht now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 where she received the Madjrakoff Painting award as an undergraduate. She has exhibited work at Capital, San Francisco, Either Way, Los Angeles, Adobe Books, San Francisco, and Baer Ridgeway, San Francisco.