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The Studio Series 2.0: Doug Johnston and Tomoe Matsuoka, Artists

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“We don’t want to have to worry about what we’re wearing in the studio,” explain artist Doug Johnston. “Eventually all of our clothes become ‘studio’ clothes because we wear them to the studio and they get oil stains or resin or wax or liquid foam on them, or they get ripped.” Doug’s work oscillates between art and design, primarily utilizing a process of coiling and machine-stitching cordage creating an array of functional sculptural objects. He often collaborates with his wife, artist and designer Tomoe Matsuoka, whose work varies from furniture to wearables, space design, performance and photography. Yes, they’re the definition of power couple and, yes, they both rep the Ilana Kohn coveralls well. “We can change into these coveralls when we get to the studio and not worry about ruining our entire wardrobe,” explains Doug Johnston. Plus, they’re super comfortable, simple and stylish, while being truly durable and useful with several big, easily-accessible pockets where we can keep our phones, keys, notes, and snacks!”

Get to know Doug and Tomoe below as they put the coveralls to work.

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"We can change into these coveralls when we get to the studio and not worry about ruining our entire wardrobe."

HOMETOWN:
Doug – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tomoe – Osaka, Japan
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN:
Doug – Aries
Tomoe – Pisces
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY:
Doug and Tomoe – Design happens through making. The materials, processes of production and their details balance with the shape/form and intention of the work, which all must be balanced with a bigger picture of how they all sit in the world and culture.
MATERIALS OF CHOICE:
Doug – Braided cord and sewing thread, sometimes wax and urethane foam. I also love construction lumber and aluminum.
Tomoe – Anything soft and anything hard.
FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF:
Doug – I’ve never gone to a movie at a theater by myself.
Tomoe – I have a different personality when I speak in the Osaka dialect of Japanese.
INSPIRATION FOR FALL:
Doug – “Nature is always and everywhere transforming and you must join in the transforming.” – Bucky Fuller, 1977.
Tomoe – Adolf Loos.
PERSONAL WARDROBE STAPLES:
Doug – Flannel ball cap by Fairends.
Tomoe – Wide pants and tabi shoes by Sou Sou.
DREAM TRAVEL DESTINATION:
Doug – Cappadocia, Turkey.
Tomoe – Central Asia.
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK:
Doug – Constant scream of nonfiction audiobooks.
Tomoe – Japanese comedy shows and School of Life.
DRINK ORDER:
Doug – Ice cold seltzer.
Tomoe – Something non-alcoholic and non-carbonated.
STANDBY SNACK:
Doug – Tortilla chips and/or an apple.
Tomoe – Anything with chocolate.

Visit dougjohnston.net to shop Doug’s amazing artwork then head over to tomoematsuoka.com to check out hers too! 

Get your very own Ilana Kohn all-purpose coveralls here!

 Photos by Dustin Fernstermacher for Garmentory x Ilana Kohn.

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