Home Catalog: Caitlin Mociun
I have always been interested in fashion since I was really young through playing dress up, making customs, and making entire worlds and wardrobes for my dolls. I became more interested in design when I went to collage for textile design.
You have created so many types of products (from clothing to jewelry and home and prints) in your career. How do you decide what to do next?
Whatever seems like it will be fun. I like small sculpture and functional objects so my interests cover a pretty board range.
Who have been some of your biggest influences and most important collaborators?
Bauhaus design has been my biggest influence. The use of simple form and color. The people around me also inspire me. From going to art school, I am friends with a lot of artists and designers. They and their work always keep going. By being open to people and the things around me, I am constantly being exposed to new things, ideas, objects, designs, projects, etc.
How has Brooklyn inspired you?
There are so many people in Brooklyn and NYC doing interesting things. Also since it's NY, so many people come through here—visiting or for short stays—so I get to meet inspiring people doing cool things often. I feel very connected to design and designers living here.
When making something new, what is the most fun part for you? What is the most difficult?
What inspires your prints?
So much. I often look at artists drawings, paintings and sculptures and draw from them. I pull motifs and create repeated pattern from that.
You went to school at RISD. What do you think was the most important thing you learned there?
Learning to critique my work and others', editing, and pushing yourself to do something great even if it's harder. Also to not be attached to an idea and understand that something might not be working and needs to change. This could be tossing out a repeat that I worked for days on and starting over, or working on something even after it's looking passable.
Tell us about your line for UO. What is it?
For the UO collaboration I was mainly looking at Turkish and Russian textiles as well as tiles from different places in the Middle East. I also looked a lot at KENZO's work to see the different pattern and color combinations.
How is it different from your main line? How is it similar?
It's very different from what I am doing with my work now. I do mainly jewelry these days so that's pretty different from textiles. For the most recent textiles that I have designed, they are a lot simpler and more gestural. Both my work and the work that I have done for UO have my hand in them for sure. I always work on my textiles first by hand—painting and drawing—and you can see and feel that in all my work.
Because it's one of the only places to get my textiles right now! They probably won't find home textiles like this anywhere else right now, I hope. I really strive to do something different with my textiles. I hope that I do create textiles that are unusual and not like other things out there. Also, since I use so many combinations of patterns, these will go great in most people's homes. I think they will be great for mixing and matching with what a lot of people have in their homes already.