A Fine Figure
Custom items from a Dallas fabric pioneer
One of the city’s most talented fashion designers may be hiding in plain sight.
Tucked away on the South Side, Elizabeth Anyaa’s by-appointment-only studio is a textile wonderland, full of bright colors and splendid, whimsical fabric interpretations.
For the Sierra Leone native, turning fabric into creative, three-dimensional pieces is a labor of love and perseverance. The artist doesn’t use traditional means to make the work; she hand-rolls and rubs wool and silk filaments over days at a time until they finally lock into place.
The results are simply spectacular. Whether it’s home decor like down-stuffed pillows in hand-dyed silk ($145 to $350) or paperweights wrapped in multicolor felt ($12), Anyaa’s works are one of a kind. More intricate pieces like an original wrap can run upwards of $1,500.
We happen to covet a new scarf for fall, and the designer’s custom-made silk ones ($90) will certainly do the trick.
A number of recent public exhibits have elevated Anyaa’s profile--including a show at the Dallas Museum of Art’s store and a sculptural fabric exhibition at One Arts Plaza--but the humble artist is usually content to while away the day weaving in her studio.
No matter. For us, Elizabeth Anyaa’s fabric lair is one that bears repeated visits.
Elizabeth Anyaa, 1409 S. Lamar St., Studio 104, Dallas; by appointment only