Monday, October 31, 2016
Sarah Pilkinton -- Aisling Camps Editorial Sketches
Aisling Camps runs a line of light, Caribbean-inspired knitwear out of her studio in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in Trinidad, then came to New York to study engineering at Columbia University. At this time, she also began taking classes across the street at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She began to develop her work in knitwear and tried to get a fashion company to sponsor her Visa to stay in the United States. It was difficult to get sponsored as a fashion designer, and she spent a year back in Trinidad developing her skills on her machines. She was also inspired by an older designer to develop the Aisling Knits brand during this time. She won the green card lottery and came back to New York after about a year, and moved her studio to Brooklyn. Now she hand makes all of her garments in her studio, though the designs are largely inspired by Caribbean landscapes. Aisling's work is also inspired by her background as an engineer. Her work is meticulous and exacting, but at the same time, challenges what knitwear should look like.