The Evens spring collection from Houston textile designer Kate dePara was inspired by pencil sketches. Pieces include floaty smocks and tanks.
Since launching Evens in 2012, Kate dePara has found inspiration for her textile designs in a rock collection at Georgia O’Keeffe’s former home and under the wide West Texas night sky. This season, her deceptively simple print is an exercise in different graphite weights. Based on the varying shapes, twists and widths she saw in her pencil sketches, the design is “more like a landscape of my studio environment.” DePara, who has a master’s degree in fibers from the Savannah College of Art and Design, recently moved her production elsewhere in Houston, making room in her Houston Foundry studio for appointments with customers. Each small collection is cut from basic shapes for her client base, who she says varies widely in age, is not body-conscious and demands a “utilitarian day to night” garment – think floaty smocks, tanks and jumpers. Pieces start at $120. Find Evens at Saint Cloud and shopevens.com.