chance to wear
Sun Valley history
By MEGAN THOMAS
Express Staff Writer
This spring fashion magazines
scream, "Prints are in!" Magazines such as Elle, Vogue and Vanity Fair
tease the fashion savvy with bold patterns splattered across their
pages. Most fashion enthusiasts struggle trying to keep up with trends
like this seasonís bold prints, but Wood River Valley designer Vickey
Hanson of Mountain Dreamworks in Ketchum is leading the battle. She has
created bold patterns that incorporate historical Sun Valley elements.
In her fashion forward skirts,
wraps and scarves in eye catching ski-themed prints, sheís fulfilling
her "dream to take colors and textures of the local environment, and
reproduce them into wearable art."
Vickey Hanson models a
skirt she created from a picture she took near River Run, while showing
off a scarf she created from a vintage map of Sun Valley.
Each print begins as a photograph.
Some of graphics originate from vintage ski photographs, others as
images of Wood River Valley landscapes that Hanson captures with her
digital camera. Hanson remarked that she likes to work with the natural
textures in the valley such as "the aspens, mountains, streams and even
lichen on river rocks."
Hanson uses her computer to
digitally enhance natural Idaho textures and manipulate vintage
photographs into stimulating patterns. She prints her designs from her
Epson 10000 printer onto silk chiffon in her Ketchum studio. After
rinsing the silks, she sews the chiffon into skirts, wraps and scarves.
The nature of Hansonís digital
textile printing technique holds incredible potential. In theory, Hanson
explained, she could "take a picture on Baldy in the morning, design and
wear it later in the evening."
The Mountain Dreamworks patterns
are all excitingly whimsical, tasteful and reflective of the skiing
lifestyle. One of Hansonís newest patterns appears to be a tropical
floral pattern. More than a cursory glance at the pink flowers reveals a
female skier in soft green goggles repeated four times in a fan pattern
against a pink background to create the illusion of flower petals. A
brown polka dot pattern compliments the flower illusion to complete the
print. The irony of a skier incorporated into a tropical floral pattern
illustrates the depth of Hansonís artistic talent and understanding of
In another skirt, Hanson bordered
silk chiffon with a vintage photograph of women on skis. Hanson cropped
the original photo of a group of skiers standing atop Dollar Mountain in
the 1940s. She then multiplied the image many times to create the
graphic. The women border white snowflakes that are the backdrop for a
smiling woman riding an early chair lift at the center. Hanson explained
she "tones the patterns to mountain living." All of the patterns
whimsically incorporate mountain elements and celebrate women in skiing.
Another textile print titled "Le
Ski" centers on a woman waving from a chair lift with snow covered
mountains in the distance. Hanson repeats the skier in leather boots
giving a mirage of multiple female skiers riding in the sky.
The high-end silk creations come
in skirts, wraps and scarves. Hanson said she "recycles existing pieces
to fulfill what is in my mind." She sews recycled waistbands into her
designs to complete the skirts. Other pieces are worn as wraps.
Photographs in the store demonstrate the number of ways the silk wraps
can be worn as stylish statements.
The silks are teasingly
translucent. Hanson suggests wearing her creations over leggings, pants
or slips. The flirty fabrics make each piece inherently feminine objects
The stimulating patterns are found
on pieces sold in Ketchum stores like Boca Mountain, Silver Creek
Outfitters, through the Sun Valley Company and Hansonís Mountain