Before I get into explaining what The Slow Stitch Company is, I think I should first talk about my relationship with my mother, Shell, and my father, Doug. I was lucky enough to be raised by two incredibly kind, caring, and creative people. People who love deeply, put their hearts into every project, and aren’t afraid to ask questions to get to the truth. Everything I am today is because of them. They are my best friends. They are the reason why I’m reawakening The Slow Stitch Company.
My mother has always been a free spirit. Hitchhiking across the country in her teens, and then in 1968, starting her own clothing company. She dubbed it “the Slow Stitch” because of the speed at which she sewed, creating one of a kind leather and denim patchwork pieces. Her work was featured in museums, worn at music festivals, and found their way into many boutiques in the San Francisco and LA areas. They were also worn on album covers for Jefferson Starship and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Her pieces were elaborate and beautifully made. When describing her clothing, she told me, “My work was different. I took great care in making pieces that went beyond painted leather, they were layered, structural art that held a three dimensional quality.
Doug has led a pretty incredible life. Leaving home at an early age, and finding his way to San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury, he discovered the music world. At music venues he painted faces until he was offered a gig backstage, as a roadie. A career that spanned many years, touring with the bands Quicksilver Messenger Service, Hot Tuna, and Jefferson Starship. His stories from this time are unreal, absolutely embodying the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll lifestyle. Then meeting my mom and settling down on a farm to raise children and begin a new career as a farrier. But the rock’n’roll vibe has always stayed with him. He once told me, “The music saved my life.”
It’s because of their adventures, stories, and creations from this time that I want to delve into the world of the Slow Stitch. I want to find my mother’s creations, and collect the stories behind them. (From what went into making them to who wore them and the story of how they found them. ) I want to collect my father’s stories of this time and create an audio experience.
Eventually I would like to make an archive out of all of this, a kind of love letter to my mom and dad.
So now it’s decades later, I’m an artist living in Los Angeles, and creating my own one of a kind homeware and accessories pieces. And although I’m not making clothing, the spirit of what I do is very much connected to my parent’s work. So much so, that with my mother’s blessing, I’ve adopted the name of the company. And I will be taking it a step further with not only creating, but also by re-adopting the slowed down, sustainable way of life I grew up with on our farm. I plan to document this journey here.
Hello, I’m Maren. I was raised in the wilds of Oregon. Hunting and gathering and chasing coyotes.