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The Studio Museum in Harlem feature article "Studio: Spring 2009":-)

by Jeff Lewis , Public Relations Intern

The Studio Museum store is pleased to feature Dahlia Soleil for this season's Introducing, a new initiative to highlight and support the work of young emerging designers. Dahlia Soleil Collection by Paulette Jemmott-Wiley represents a legacy of brilliant handmade crochet, and most prominently features a line of hats.Each one is unique in design, vibrant in color and beautifully detailed, while being practical and wearable.Inspired by the landscapes of her childhood in Barbados, jemmott-Wiley incorporates in her work many of the colors and images she saw growing up: the bright blue of the sky, the multitude of trees and insects, the texture of avocados and lemons, and the color of mangoes, butterflies and ladybugs…

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The Studio Museum in Harlem feature article "Studio: Spring 2009":-)

by Jeff Lewis , Public Relations Intern

The Studio Museum store is pleased to feature Dahlia Soleil for this season's Introducing, a new initiative to highlight and support the work of young emerging designers. Dahlia Soleil Collection by Paulette Jemmott-Wiley represents a legacy of brilliant handmade crochet, and most prominently features a line of hats.Each one is unique in design, vibrant in color and beautifully detailed, while being practical and wearable.Inspired by the landscapes of her childhood in Barbados, jemmott-Wiley incorporates in her work many of the colors and images she saw growing up: the bright blue of the sky, the multitude of trees and insects, the texture of avocados and lemons, and the color of mangoes, butterflies and ladybugs.

Each hat reflects a small piece of who she is and where she is from.

With no formal training, Jemmott-Wiley was taught to crochet at age five by her grandmother, and is a third generation crocheter.Both her grandmother and mother create intricate projects that take weeks to complete, which in past years earned her mother numerous medal, including gold in the annual National Independence Festival of Creative Arts competition in Barbados.

Jemmott-Wiley created Dahlia Soleil following her daughter's birth in 2002 and named the collection after her.Jemmott-Wiley's desire to stay home with her daughter led her to start her own business of handmade creations and sell them at many artisan markets and street fairs of New York.As her daughter has grown, so has the business.

Jemmott-Wiley went full-time with the collection in 2006, just as her daughter entered kindergarten.In 2007 she sold 1,500 hats and hundreds of embroidered tops.To form her style, she says, "I pay attention to what every-day folk are wearing."She loves exciting and innovatively mismatched colors."I love bold and bright next to what might be considered dull and drab.My styles tend to lean more toward feminine and functional...I try really hard to make sure my products feel good to the touch and fit just right to look great."Jemmott-Wiley is especially thankful for the support of Amy and Ronen from Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn."They provide a wonderful space and affordable venue for independent artists like myself to sell our work,"she says.

Jemmott-Wiley admits that running a small business is hard work and requires a lot of time and energy, but she is very happy to be her own boss, and says that "to be able to visualize a product and create it for the market is liberating.My customers are amazing and continue to support my work season after season without fail.I'm proud to be working in a medium that is truly handcrafted."

All hat, scarf and fingerless gloves patterns are copyrighted by Paulette Jemmott-Wiley and the Dahlia Soleil Collection.
The patterns are not available for sale or for reproduction by another person or company.

The Collection has graced the shelves of DaSpot88, LoveShine, Ohio Knitting Mills, Addy & Ferro, Harriet's Alter Ego and Hotcake Designs. A few famous heads rocking Dahlia Soleil...Common, Cody Chestnut and Talib Kweli's daughter. Check out my website www.dahliasoleil.com for the archive of pics of past customers rocking their hats.

****Shipping disclaimer: Please request signature confirmation if your address and/or mail box is vulnerable to theft. I will not issue a refund or product replacement for packages confirmed delivered by the USPS. Signature confirmation is available for an extra $1.75. This ensures that a responsible person can collect your package.


Paulette
www.dahliasoleil.etsy.com

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