Sunroom Q+A: Carmen Molina

Posted on November 22 2019

Sunroom Q+A: Carmen Molina

Excited to announce we're now selling at Sunroom in Malibu, Austin, and online

Carmen sat down with Sunroom to discuss her new collection and the inspiration behind it. 

"Introducing a new designer to the Sunroom family, Carmen Molina — whose beautiful silk and satin kimonos, dresses, trousers, and accessories are our latest obsessions. 

"Born in Bogotá and currently based in Los Angeles, Carmen studied photography before turning her creative eye to fashion design. We’re all better for it: her pieces are truly wearable works of art, crafted in the most beautiful jewel tones and rich with meaning and symbolism. Read on to get to know Carmen and discover more about her line and inspirations.

What part of the design process do you love the most?
I love the part when I’m exploring the world and its textures with my camera. I get to see wonders, the gift that the planet is, I get to look close at the animals, the wings of a butterfly or the soft shimmering skin of a fish, I get to touch the flower, I get to feel the ocean, the sun and the rain, I experience the soul of each place through its people music and food, all of which is imbued in my work.

I also love it when I have the photographs I want and I can create the art. When I’m in that mode I hardly sleep. I will select my best photographs and begin preparing the canvas on my computer screen. Photographs are like a brush to me. I’ll take a little bit of that metallic texture in a photograph of rusted steel from an abandoned factory in India and add it to a corner of the canvas, and then, maybe, I’ll take a fluid blue I found on Salton Sea beach and layer it on top of the rocky whites of Israel’s Dead Sea and so on. I love working with color, form, textures and to experience the creation of the work layer after layer.

At that  point when I feel I’m done, the photographs have become something else and another wonderful part of the process takes place. It’s time to cut. Only when I have a print that can exist by itself, without the garment, I’ll be inspired to create the clothing piece. This time I’ll take the art apart by cutting it before putting it back together through sewing. That part is when I have to do math. Measure the sleeve. How high in relation to the lower part of the body do I want that color. How is the front canvas going to flow with the back. How much of this part of the print do I want around the neck, etc. It’s like adding color to a body."

Read the full interview here.