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Artist Interview

Matreya Hughes

July 1, 2012

Matreya Hughes, the designer of Treya clothing, kicked off our Arts Night Out series with her abstract designs screen printed on soft, tissue thin tees. She's returning with new creations and some Treya signature prints. We are looking forward to having her here with us at Bazaar, Friday, July 13th from 6-8pm.

Can you tell us what it is you make?
I design silkscreened clothing. All garments are carefully selected from alternative apparel with design, fit and fabric texture being the main priorities. My design style is mostly abstract and nature-inspired with the occasional nod to eastern spirituality and art. Paul Klee, Joseph Albers and Rothko, among other abstract expressionists, are high on my list of inspiring historical figures. I hope to bring as much joy and comfort to the people who wear my clothes as I experience creating them.

What is your dream project?
My dream project would be to go on an all expenses paid journey through India to find the most amazing fabric available. I would use the fabric to create a line of clothing and interiors (pillow covers, window treatments, etc.) incorporating silkscreened designs and wood-block prints...I would then hope to be discovered by either a large clothing/interiors company, like anthropologie, or a design house so that i could continue dream projects forever.

If you were a piece of clothing what would it be and what color/pattern?
If I was a piece of clothing I'd be a hi-lo halter dress. I'd be fuschia or red and I'd have one of my silkscreened designs splashing across the hemline.

What is your go-to "happy" song?
My go-to happy song is "your love keeps lifting me" by Jackie Wilson.

A photo of something that inspires you and why?
This is a photo of a window display at the Chanel store on Newbury Street in Boston. I find the East meets West, classic meets modern quality inspiring-- so much to learn from the past. I love to use texture and color, or shades of grey to create an eclectic element in clothing.