Falza Khanani 95 ID & Malik Wagenseil MFA 11 TX
Falcon & Wagen is a Pawtucket, Rhode Island, based studio (formally Durham, NC). The aspiration of the studio is to design and manufacture products that have meaningful value, and an ability to transfer peoples' stories over time. All designs are made in the U.S. with manufacturing partners based in North Carolina. Our primary product is a blanket called Heirloom.
Interview with Malik:
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
Local and US manufacturing, design collaboration, supply chain, US textile manufacturing history, Textile History in general, the Arts and Crafts movement. Textiles as a family heirloom. Migratory history of peoples a told through their textiles.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Yes. My practice is a direct result of my time at RISD. Our brand holds to the belief that fine arts and craft should work together in tandem. Commercial level manufactured product that retains the integrity of hand.
Is there a body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
We have been developing a new color palette for our Heirloom Blanket that feels more universal. A cotton blanket is also in the works. Both of these blankets are woven is two separate mills in North Carolina, yarn is dyed and spun in Maine.
To see more of Falza and Malik's work, visit falconandwagen.com