Behind the unique silk textile brand by Werner is designer Kathrine Werner with a life filled with creative making. In her young years she lived in Toronto, Canada and was trained as a clothing designer, pattern maker and industrial seamstress. Later, after she had returned to Denmark and become a mother, she added textile design and textile printing to the CV. And this was when she fell in love with decorating textiles herself. Many years later, after she had turned 50, her life was finally ready to start her own design brand: by Werner.
Kathrine Werner worked for many years as a school teacher, which is a trade where the processes are less obvious in comparison to creating physical products. When she started her workshop in Hundested, and started creating the first products for her brand, she experienced her stress level falling drastically – even though she worked more than before. To have a process of working with a creative, physical product – a start, an ending, to actually finish something – gives her great satisfaction, and Kathrine thinks that many people could benefit from such work.
As a textile printer and textile designer there are many different methods to choose from. The fantastic clear and beautiful colors of the dye on silk is one of the primary drivers behind Kathrines designs.
All of her silk products are 100% hand-colored by herself and one of the techniques she uses is called shibori and is an ancient Japanese folding technique that was used for kimonos. Among other patterns, this technique allows the beautiful symmetrical herringbone patterned stripes. Each piece of fabric is 100% unique and one-of-a-kind. What Kathrine likes the most about hand-dyeing is that she never knows beforehand how the textile will look. She can have an idea and work towards a goal, but there are so many factors when working with colors and chemicals. So every time she opens a small folded package of textile she gets a small surprise when seeing the final result.
When Kathrine cuts the first length of textile for a coloring she already knows what she will use it for – a dress, a tunic, a top or something else. When the dye is dry she needs to fixate the colors in the textile under high temperature and pressure. After the fixation the left-over color has to be washed out and the textile dried. Then she is ready for the designing and sewing. It is a long process that always ends with a unique one-of-a-kind product. And this is what Kathrine Werner loves working with when crating her by Werner collection.
You can see some of her lovely creations here, but for the full collection visit her profile page: noorverk.com/artisan/by-werner/
Midnight blue silk dress in crepe satin // noorverk.com
Violet mottled silk tunic in crepe satin // noorverk.com
Blue and white silk top in crepe satin // noorverk.com
Plum silk tunic in crepe satin // noorverk.com