We have the great delight of hosting the innovative and whimsical paintings of Camomile (Molly) Hixon in ATHM’s Webster Education Center this fall.
Molly is a rising artist who is experiencing success with her eye-catching designs featuring the glittery mica paint she helped to formulate. She is a visual artist who exploded onto the New York art scene in 2010 with her collection of “sparkle” paintings on canvas using glitter as the primary medium. Her ATHM showing will coincide with the special exhibit High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture.
It is such a treat working with Molly. She jumped into this project, and, rather than just loan us some of her popular works, she decided to create a series specially designed to highlight our textile themes. This resulted in a series of textile design studies in her vibrant colorations emulating the stylings of Ui Maikai, Geno California, Alice Polynesia, Jack Bryan, and Vera. She also created a set of whimsical paintings of paper doll outfits which she envisioned, paper tabs and all, for all those fashionable paper dolls out there looking for the latest fashion trend – with a vintage flair. These paintings will decorate the Weston Howland Textile Learning Center (TLC), where kids-of-all-ages can try hands-on textile fun, this time with a fashion focus. Creating haute couture fashions for your take-home paper dolls will be one of the upcoming craft activities, with Molly’s doll fashions paintings on the walls to spur your own creativity.
Molly’s next show will open in September in New York City’s Soho area, a haven for artists and art galleries, and many other venues are coming up. We look forward to possibly seeing her designs on wall-to-wall carpeting sometime in the future, an area of interest she is exploring, and an example of the industry’s interest in her work. Her painting will also gain exposure as feature artwork on the hit Bravo TV show “Nine by Design” soon. And in her spare time, she is designing an installation for the Children’s Museum of Art in downtown Manhattan (a zebra mascot, did she say?). Her playful, fantastical, artistic vision works particularly well with the youth market, and her energy to seize the moment with creativity and flair is contagious for any age. You go, girl! We wish her the very best!
Director of Education