Clothing is about connection to our ancestors, the humanity we experience daily and the connection we have to our personal selves. It is about having fun with its many contradictions while appreciating the magic it creates and the comfort it can bring.
Each day I need to breathe a moment of beauty and calm. This practice of mindfulness creates balance and openness and invites in many forms of creativity, one of which is the intrigue and mystery of clothing.
Barbara Hume is a San Francisco based, independent fiber artist. Her medium is yarn and her original, distinctive, uber-luxe quality fabrics define her timeless apparel collections. The trademark hand woven jackets and classically inspired feminine styles speak with conviction: unaffected, versatile and elegant. The clothing is crafted individually, transforming the body and mind while enduring all the trends and effectively telling personal stories.
In addition to yarn, other fabrics and textiles are used to create differentiating, quality and outstanding specialty items for women. Vintage and heirloom pieces, narrow goods, laces, and ribbons are joined to shape the body. Couture techniques are executed with impeccable stitching. Surface embellishments such as dying, stamping, and painting add depth to the piece. Fiber accents like fringe, knitting and knotting are the perfect finish to the garment. The magic is in the details and subtle techniques in design ensure the clothing’s unique quality.
Barbara’s design process is guided by intuition, hands on studio work and industrial experience. It has been a lifetime evolution of serious explorations of fiber, weaving, cloth, textile design, and costume within the context of the world. Academia and trade schools were important for technical knowledge although exploration in her own studio and work in design rooms of established regional houses were the ultimate culmination for developing a personal journey and focus.
After the first cut into the bolt, the fabric provides many possibilities that challenge and direct the work. Ideas and understanding happen while in pursuit of actualizing. Many designs are related to each other in some way and their evolution can be traced back to the mother lode. A high standard is employed for design work, samples, workroom practices and client service.
Hume and Body retails the clothing from the salon in San Francisco as well as residential and showroom venues. As a regional design house, Hume and Body employs local talent and resources. The 2014-2016 Hume & Body hand woven fabric was created in collaboration with Shelia O’Hara, a well-known name in the hand weaving world.
All are welcome to Barbara's studio- from the client who is a bona fide textile aficionado, to the woman who wants quality and unique clothing at an excellent value, and to the woman who "loves" clothes and wants a personal and direct experience when seeking them out.