>> Behold the power of this flower -- you just want to touch it, don't you? Well, that's the idea. Maggie and Michael, creators of Supermaggie, have built their business around the sense of touch. "I love to have my hands in stuff -- mud, biscuit dough, clay, paint, water, fur, fabric," Maggie says. "I'm always touching things. I want people to have a visceral response to the things I make." Well, I for one responded well -- I was immediately attracted to the flower brooches and the funky shaped wool scarves -- like the puff flower above, for instance ($28).
But the coolness factor doesn't stop there -- each scarf is handsculpted by Maggie through the process of wet felting, in which she aggravates the scales on the wool fibers through friction, making them tack together. Some of the flower brooches are made by wet felting, but others are made through needle felting -- in which the wool fibers are placed around a form and then a needle is jabbed into the form, tacking the fibers to it. Basically speaking, Miss Maggie spends a lot of time crafting her scarves and flowers. But it shows -- they're very unique. Take my two favorite scarves, for instance, the superpointy ($90 -- above) and the necktie ($58 -- right) -- have you ever seen anything like them? I definitely haven't. And yet, they're not too far-out. They're very wearable, just subtly different. And that's what I like.