DS 57 Drape Shawl
About the Artist
Cecilia Frittelli and Richard Lockwood have been textile designers for the last 25 years, married since 1984, full-time business partners since 1990 and parents of two adult children. After a decade living and working in New York City and a decade growing their business in the Adirondacks, they now call the Saratoga region home, residing in Greenfield and working in their studio space in the Beekman St Arts District of Saratoga Springs.
Their contemporary clothing and accessory collection is handwoven on vintage floor looms. The American-spun yarns they weave include silk, wool, alpaca, and chenille, with a special emphasis on eco-friendly fibers from bamboo, hemp, and soy. They strive to be a zero-waste studio by upcycling their “scraps” into pieced and patchworked clothing. Their retro-inspired textiles are then steam-finished, cut and sewn into custom-tailored garments with exceptional fit and comfort.
Cecilia has been a weaver since childhood when her father helped her build a backstrap loom from popsicle sticks. Richard worked in New England textile mills as a teenager, never imagining a career in textiles. Later, intrigued by rebuilding Cecilia’s old looms, he began designing necktie fabric. The two started their business as a part-time endeavor in New York City while working their day jobs- Cecilia as a sample weaver, then textile designer for a wovens company in the garment center, and Richard as a high school English teacher. Launched by some large specialty shop orders, they left New York in 1990 and set up their studio in the Adirondack mountains, establishing frittelli & LOCKWOOD textiles as a fulltime artisan business. In the summer of 2009, after two years of renovating an 1850 building, they set up a studio and gallery called Textile Studio at the corner of Grand Ave and Beekman Street in the Saratoga Arts District.
During the year, they travel to trade shows, selling to wholesale accounts and retail customers around the country. In June, they help organize and run the Beekman Street Art Fair. In the spring and summer, they participate in monthly Friday Pop-up Art on Beekman events, inviting other artists to display and sell work on their property. The public is invited to visit their shop Weds-Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. There you will see weavers at the looms and a display area of their handwoven textiles and clothing along with work from other regional fiber artists.
Visit www.frittelli-lockwood.com for more information.