MANONIK IS

YOSHIYUKI MINAMI

AND THE LIKE-MINDS.

 

Since its inception in 2014, Manonik's contributions to American textile arts have been recognized through artist residencies at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York and, most recently, at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. The studio is humbly located In Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

 

Manonik has been acknowledged in the following publications:

NOT JUST A LABEL
Less Magazine / Issue 8, Glocalization
Vice Creators
Guestlist
Luster

 
 
 
 
 
 

PRINCIPLES

 

Manonik adheres to the following principles in the creation of each object, in addition to preserving and promoting the culture of hand-crafting.
 

 

/ MICROPRODUCTION
Make one object at a time. Pour unparalleled care into hand-crafting every object.

/ LIMITATION
Capitalize on the limitations that are inherent in available equipment, resources and space.

/ TRANSPARENCY
Provide as much transparency regarding materials and studio practices as possible.

/ LOCALITY
Invest in local artisans, artists and small businesses wherever possible.

/ FREEDOM
Make objects that free people from the socially constructed.

/ Labor
celebrate and FUlly compensate for the labor that goes into making materials and objects.

/ EPHEMERALITY
Make objects that appreciate with the passing of time and embrace personal stories.

/ CONSCIOUSNESS
Think CONSCIOUSLY, so as to maintain the well-being of our environment and ourselves as a collective of free individuals.

/ Experimentation
Always try new ideas.

 
 
 
 
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PROCESSES

 

Ever so trivial and fading trade of hand-crafting is the core of Manonik. Hand-weaving. Hand-knitting. Manual machine-knitting. Spindle-spinning. Natural dyeing without the use of mordants. Pigmenting. Staining. Felting. Basket weaving. These methods are combined and altered in order to materialize artistic and design ideas without compromising the principles. Manonik's Instagram and Vimeo pages deliver the important function as a record and archive of these processes.


Spontaneity
the beautiful things that transpire unexpectedly and unplanned contribute greatly to the aesthetic quality and the development of new techniques. These blunders, whether an error, an intentional deviation, or a temporal reflection of feelings, are never discouraged or amended, so long as they do not cause dysfunction in the use of the objects. Spontaneity, the irreplicability, is what makes Manonik's objects distinctive.

THREE DIMENSIONAL PATTERN WEAVING
MANONIK HAS DEVELOPED A NEW WEAVING TECHNIQUE, "THREE DIMENSIONAL PATTERN WEAVING'. INSTEAD OF WEAVING A SINGLE LAYER OF CLOTH FROM WHICH PATTERNS ARE CUT OUT,  PARTS OF A GARMENT ARE WOVEN THREE-DIMENSIONALLY. The SLEEVE IS A TAPERED TUBE and THE TORSO, consists of two facing sides, is a volume with an arm hole, buttons holes and a neck hole woven in the cloth.

Hand-sewing
Hand-sewing is an integral part of the construction of objects at Manonik. it is a statement in action that offers an inquiry into the mode in which objects are made and the relationship between people and their objects, specifically textiles.

EQUIPMENT
Schacht 4-harness baby wolf, Brother kh-900 and Singer 31-15.

 

 
 
 

MATERIALS

Manonik curates and sources the finest materials. Its primary objective is to invest in and collaborate with artisans, small family businesses, and new, thoughtful ventures with similar values, who are referred as Material Kins. Manonik is currently working toward the full traceablity, which may dictate the choice of materials in the future.

 

Organic cotton
From TX/NM, through Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, custom-spun and plied in NC/GA by family mills.

Wood buttons
Sustainably harvested locally, hand-turned, hand-crafted by an artisan in MA.

Brass hardware
Hand-CRAFTED in NYC by an artisan. Brass origin, undisclosed.

Wool
Collaborations with family-owned sustainable and ethical farms in NY and WI.
All yarn hand-spun at the studio or custom-spun at the farm.

Black Ash Splints
Locally Harvested, Laboriously split and prepared, all done by hand in MA, by an artisan couple in MA.

Black Ash rim sTOcks
LOCALLY HARVESTED, PRODUCED BY A FAMILY MILL IN MI.

Indigo
Grown sustainably and locally in upstate NY. (CALX, FRUCTOSE ORIGIN UNDISCLOSED).

Osage Orange
Sustainably harvested by an artist guild in PA,

Walnut HULLS
Hand-picked in NY by Manonik.

PIGMENTS
all pigments are of U.S Origin.