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Kiva Motnyk’s New York life has come full (quilt) circle. “The space that I work in now is in SoHo, which is also where I grew up with my mom, who was a dancer, and my dad, who was a painter,” she says. “It wasn’t a traditional place to grow up, and it made me open to looking at things in a different way.”
Kiva’s medium of choice: textiles, which she studied at RISD before working for a few guys you may have heard of, Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi. In 2014, she struck out on her own, quilting unconventional, labor-intensive blankets and table runners that start with scraps of her own clothing or vintage cotton dyed with flowers. Instead of using a sewing machine, Kiva hand-stitches her designs, which gives them a freewheeling style that feels very, well, downtown—very Thompson Street, if you will. “I make quilts that can go on your bed, but they could also go on the wall or even the floor as a rug,” she says. “I want people to really touch and interact with them.” Ultimately, they should feel like home. —aleksa brown
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