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New Friends

In their former day jobs, Kelly Rakowski and Alex Segreti gathered inspiration images in the service of commerce: Rakowski scouted trends for Areaware while Segreti designed textiles for Urban Outfitters. But when they came together as New Friends, those visual influences began to take a considerably artier turn, manifested as mixed-media weavings that take hours to knot by hand, experiments with silk-screening, and now jewelry in the form of thick, hand-painted canvas bangles.