Design Stories | Vidhi + Mōdala

October 31, 2019

Design Stories | Vidhi + Mōdala

“ a designer I think Nepal has given me a great gift; how to be experimental and explorative of different cultures through design.” 

Mylene Spencer is the creative mind behind Vidhi Blush, Vidhi Stone, and the MōDALA Collection. A textile and fashion designer, she’s shown pieces at New York Fashion Week, with work spread across the music, interior design and fashion worlds. Her design aesthetic is lustrous and modern, and is boldly experimental with colours and shapes, which contributes to design that approaches luxury in unique and captivating ways. 

Mylene first traveled to Nepal with us in late 2018 and has since underpinned the design journey of her collection with several other visits. Creating a collection that draws inspiration from multiple aspects of Nepalese culture, Mylene wanted to address the aesthetics of both urban and rural Nepal through her work. 

“It is impossible not to be moved by Nepal - there’s a never ending depth to the culture, filled with beautiful scenery, theology and spirituality. It really is a brilliantly overwhelming country in that there are so many different elements you can take inspiration from. Through my work, I wanted to use these elements to create new designs that supported ancient rug-making practices.”

Mylene was also moved by the spirituality of Nepalese culture which influenced much of the approach to her work. 

“My process for the Vidhi designs was to explore the aesthetics of the heart and root chakras, and experiment with the symbolism of the practice to create contemporary patterns through collage and mixed media. It was an immersive, hands on process which was extremely fluid and abstract from my own perspective.”

Mylene’s process for the MōDALA Collection also drew inspiration from spirituality, with MōDALA Thangka influenced by the grid methodology of the spiritual art of Thangka, which found throughout Nepal. MōDALA Vidhi played on the aesthetics of Kathmandu’s domed skylines, alongside experimenting with the definition of functionality and adaptability to address aspects of sustainability in design.

“...the concept for the collection came from the need to design functional and lasting rugs that could be used in multiple different ways. The idea was to make it easy to have a piece that everyone can use and experiment with for years - which changes shapes and formations to suit lots of different spaces.”

Throughout her time in Nepal, Mylene collaborated with artisans to better understand the methodologies behind the realisation of her designs. This is gone on to influence her own practice. 

“It’s been a real experiment in understanding the artisanal methods used to create each piece. This collection has required a whole new set of crafting techniques which have required a lot of experimentation and patience from both sides of the design process.”

You can see Mylene’s full collection here.

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