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Dee Clements Brings Her Sustainable Collection to Dose Market

Cotton placemats from Studio Herron   Photo: Jennifer Marx

Dose Market (dosemarket.com), Chicago’s indie pop-up-market-that-could, returns for its 53rd installment with an arts-centric shopping soirée at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan St., 401morganmfg.com) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Among the 85-plus artisans that will be on hand at Sunday’s market is Dee Clements, artist, weaver, and founder of the five-year-old Studio Herron (studioherron.com).

This marks Clements’s second time at Dose, where she’ll be offering blankets alongside her newest creations: pillows and table linens. Clements says she sourced the cotton used in each blanket “down to the seed,” working with Cestari Sheep & Wool Company in Virginia; after weaving samples by hand at Herron’s West Loop-based studio, she worked with The Weaving Mill in Humboldt Park, using industrial looms to bring the blankets to life.

“The whole collection is completely transparent in labor and fiber, or materials, which is special because it’s not something that’s really done in textiles,” says Clements, who considers traceability of utmost importance. “It’s [considered] nothing to pay $3 or $4 for a cup of coffee [where] the beans are harvested fair trade, and I think the same thing should apply for the textiles that we buy.”

You might recognize Clements’s work: Her tapestries hang prominently at the Winchester and at the Freehand Hotel (where Herron also produced 163 hand-woven pillows), and she’s collaborated with brands like CB2 and The Land of Nod. These partnerships came about at a chaotic time in Clements’s former life, when she was a set costumer for Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire. “I was working, like, 80 hours a week, so my studio practice really got put on the back burner,” says the School of the Art Institute alumnus, who launched Herron on the side in 2011.

Striving to make Herron to be “a no-waste business,” Clements recently started using cut remnants from blankets (“there’s so much that’s left over after the tailor cuts and hems everything,” she says) to create new product lines via pillows and table linens. “We’re using things that would have gone into the garbage or a landfill,” she says, “and making something that goes with the collection and is usable, so it’s a whole vision of responsibility.”


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