AUDREY LOUISE REYNOLDS
TEXTILES DATING TO 220 AD EVIDENCE HUMANS EMPLOYING WOOD BLOCKS TO PRINT A VISUAL LANGUAGE (PATTERNS OR IMAGES) ON FABRIC. WORN, HUNG OR OTHERWISE DISPLAYED, THE RESULTING TEXTILES COMMUNICATED A MOMENT AND PERSONAL ALLEGIANCE – BE IT A TRIBAL AFFILIATION OR PENCHANT FOR PURPLE. NEARLY 1800 YEARS LATER, IN BROOKLYN’S RED HOOK NEIGHBORHOOD, SELF-TAUGHT PIGMENT-EXPERT AUDREY LOUISE REYNOLDS COLLAPSES THE EXPANSE OF TIME AND SPACE THAT SEPARATES ANCIENT CHINA FROM MODERN NEW YORK.
Audrey uses natural and organic dye stuffs — bio-luminescent plankton, medicinal white rose petals, Indian turmeric, mollusks, local earth, home-grown crystals and any organic matter in between — to cipher fabric in uniquely modern ways. Her arresting kaleidoscope designs have appeared everywhere from the New Museum to fashion week, where she has collaborated with brands ranging from Repetto to Pamela Love to Electric Feathers. She also applies her progressive method to countless custom creations and commissions, including an upcoming project with Jigsaw.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY?
I remember being pushed into a glass cylinder with big light bulbs all over the front and it being totally exhilarating. When I asked my mom what that memory was, she said it was getting into the elevator at the mall. I must have been less than two.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST KISS?
I think my first kiss was in second grade, under the desks in the computer lab, and then again later that day in the loft in Ms. Lambert's classroom. It was with Brian Francis Kennedy — he went by B.K. I can't remember if he was in my class that year or if we were seeking each other out. He was funny and said really sassy stuff. We pretended to work on a fake art project another time and drew this really shitty drawing on a posterboard and wrote a fake project on there. It must have been hilarious to our parents. We did all this so he could come over and we could make-out in the basement and climb a gigantic magnolia tree, which we would also play underneath. I remember we saw a snake with an orange or red stripe.
A QUOTE YOU LOVE?
"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us." – Charles Bukowski
A LOVE SONG
A SONG FROM THE LAST CONCERT YOU ATTENDED
ONE OF YOUR PARENTS
A PERFECT STYLE MOMENT
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Touching flowers and berries and amazing things full of vitamins and powers all day long.
WHAT JOB WOULD YOU BE DOING IF NOT THE ONE YOU DO NOW?
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Finding the balance in all the things you, as an individual, desire while not causing harm along the way.
THE BEST STYLE MOMENT FROM YOUR ADOLESCENCE
A SUMMERTIME SONG FROM WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL
This may have come out in 1977, but I rocked it so hard this one summer it feels like the soundtrack.
YOUR FAVORITE SONG TO DANCE TO
I like to spastically freak out to this, especially after a bad day. My friends Katherine, Travis and I used to dance to this so hard in their living room that our collective dogs would bark at us to stop.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT BEING THE AGE YOU ARE NOW?
I'm wiser than I have ever been before.
WHAT WAS THE WORST VACATION YOU'VE EVER TAKEN?
Probably the portion of the one when we rented a boat to go crabbing and ended up dragging my brother around off the back while he had diarrhea literally all day. Then I caught an eel, hooked myself and cut a giant gash in my leg with the rental bike's water-bottle holder, which I still have a big scar from. That was the same day that South Park premiered (which I just Googled), so it was August 13, 1997 – which means it was also my stepdad's birthday. Thanks for joining the family, Tom!
WHAT IS THE BEST RISK YOU'VE EVER TAKEN?
Trusting myself to move to New York totally broke, not knowing anyone.
WHICH OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE YOU MOST SIMILAR TO AND HOW?
I'm a combination of my mom, dad, nana on my dad's side and my great-grandmother on my mom's side. I have glaring notes of each.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU REGRET?
Smoking cigs: Lucky Strike unfiltered soft packs, to be more precise. Man, they were toasted, delicious and looked cool though.
A PORTFOLIO OF COLOR
A SUNDAY MORNING SONG
A SONG THAT MAKES YOU NOSTALGIC
THE MOST RANDOM PHOTO IN YOUR PHONE
WHAT IS A FOOD YOU COULD EAT EVERY DAY?
Caviar, uni from Yasuda, blue-crab handroll from Sasabune, yellowtail jalepeno from Nobu, Chick-fil-A fried-chicken sandwich, sneaky chicken, cacao e pepe, bread from Roscioli in Rome, rhubarb, raspberries, blueberries, pomegranate...anything from Juice Press.
WHAT GROCERIES ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR HOUSE?
Berries, oranges, turmeric, pasta, garlic, Frankies olive oil, flowers, juice, Stumptown Coffee beans, toilet paper, paper towels, Meyers cleaning products, San Marzano tomatoes... And then there are the groceries that I won't let anyone eat because they're for dyeing.
WHAT VALUES WOULD YOU MOST WANT TO PASS ON TO YOUR KIDS?
Honesty, humbleness — being a good, kind, caring person, leaving each place better when you leave it than when you found it, manners... all the stuff that makes you want to tell adults to shove it when you’re a kid.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
A Jeep Cherokee stick shift (black, two-door), with a red pinstripe and one sideview mirror. Since it was my brother's first, it came with a giant Playboy bunny-head shifter. It was hilarious and got me everywhere.
YOUR FAVORITE MALE CHARACTER
WHAT IS A MEAL THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME?
The first thing that comes to mind is the lemon-glazed pound cake, with kiwi, starfruit and strawberry all over it, that my mom used to make for my birthday.
JOHN OLIVER OR JON STEWART?
NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR THE NEW YORKER?
The New Yorker. I've entered the caption contest every issue since I was 18. I've never won.
SUMMER OR WINTER?
SOMETHING AWESOME, CURRENTLY FOR SALE ON EBAY
INDIANA JONES OR JAMES BOND?
James Bond. I was so obsessed with Sean Connery as a little girl and sang "Secret Agent Audrey," which I thought was very clever.
IDRIS ALBA OR JON HAMM?
Jon Hamm, please.
REINCARNATION OR AFTERLIFE?
I'm open and admit to not knowing and embracing the unknown. Reincarnation seems more believable for some reason.
ACUPUNCTURE OR PSYCHOTHERAPY?
I don't do either and I probably need both.
SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE THAT A PSYCHIC TOLD YOU?
I honestly, truly have never been to one so they've never told me anything. Want to set up a psychic call for this interview?
LASTLY, WHO ELSE SHOULD WE INTERVIEW FOR THIS? AND WHAT QUESTION SHOULD WE ASK THEM?
Tennessee Thomas. Ask her if she wants to go on my boat?