Studio Day: Native Line

Inside weaver Justine Ashbee’s Capitol Hill space.

By Laura Cassidy June 25, 2012

If you’re the kind of person who admits to peeking in your host’s medicine cabinet during dinner parties (c’mon, you know you do it), you’ll like this new series. With each Studio Day post, we’ll go into a local designer’s space and take a look at how they work.

One of the most potent motifs in modern design involves a sort of ancient/future vibe, and Seattle- and Brighton, UK-based designer Justine Ashbee is tapped directly into it. Her collection of woven bracelets, necklaces, and wall hangings, dubbed Native Line, take simple, iconic patterns and age-old weaving techniques to new places. Sold at two of this country’s most directional boutiques, Maryam Nassir Zadeh in New York, and Totokaelo on Capitol Hill, the pieces incorporate golden filaments and woven silver. And, it seems, magic.

I met with Ashbee at her Capitol Hill studio just days before she moved to Brighton, UK. I may be taking some creative license, but I think it’s fair to continue calling her a Seattle designer. Ashbee’s not fully closing the door on the Northwest—especially because her studio near 15th Ave has been so important to her process as a designer and artisan.

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