Watch Naomi Clark Paint On a Big Scale

This edition was like a big, amazing art project.

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A look at the scarf-painting wall in the Fort Makers Brooklyn studio.

See how good these Fort Makers scarves—their first edition for Of a Kind—look tacked to a wall? Here, Nana Spears explains how the creations she makes with Naomi Clark came together, with the help of some top-notch GIF action. candice chan

WATCH IT HAPPEN:
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GEEK OUT ON THE DETAILS:

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"To create each one, Naomi paints a giant-sized swath of the cloth (around 25 to 30 yards in total) as one long mural. She eventually cuts it into pieces for individual scarves, so every one is distinct, unique, and part of a giant Fort Makers puzzle. “The inspiration for this scarf was seagull feathers—white, grey, black—but then it needed more colors and punch. So we went with the cool colors of Montauk in January. It’s a reminder of the beach that’s waiting for you.”

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"To create the ideal hue, Naomi adds water to a variety of acrylic paints, playing with shades and thickness for each color. (Surprisingly, white can be particularly tricky. If the paint becomes too thin, the tint won’t be vibrant enough.)"

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"When it’s time to actually paint, Naomi uses two methods—a spray gun (above) and a regular brush. “We started to notice that the more, different kinds of methods we use, the better.”

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“You can tell when Naomi’s using the spray versus the paint brush. All of those elements add up bringing so many different textures.”

More hand-painted Fort Makers goodness coming your way on Friday!