We had the good fortune of connecting with Swain McCaughrin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Swain, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting a business was never something I thought about doing until I realized that I needed a way to share my work. Making art without an audience is unsatisfying, and MISASSEMBLED is a way for me to share what I am doing. It allows me to connect with other people and hopefully brings something pleasing to others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
MISASSEMBLED is wearable art built specifically for those who find expression in the infinite variety of geometric forms in the three dimensional world. Referencing architecture, geometry, and crystal formations, each piece is a complex sculpture expressing a graceful elegance through sharp angles and precise lines.
MISASSEMBLED as an art concept began in New York City in the mid 2000s when I discovered the creative freedom in underground nightlife. Fueled by a fluorescent world of blacklight and music, I began folding paper and vinyl to make large scale, origami-like installations for warehouse parties. With my self-taught sewing and fashion design skills, my installations evolved into sculptural geometric designs to wear, merging art with fashion and movement with sculpture. I continued to expand the idea of wearing sculptures by creating headpieces, jewelry, and body sculptures from wood, vinyl, and PVC. I developed MISASSEMBLED into a brand in Berlin in 2018, as a way to make my sculptures more accessible and wearable. My art evolved into ready-to-wear sculptures made of materials including steel, silver, and brass.
I just moved to Dallas two months ago and am excited to be here! I have a new collection coming out soon and can’t wait to share it with you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I just moved here, so I’m still exploring. But so far, I love Deep Ellum and Downtown. Dallas has some great hotel restaurants and bars, and museums.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My friends and partner are very supportive
(photo with white geometric eyebrows) Photographer: Jesse Fox (photo with copper headpiece) Photographer: Ashley Dupree (photo with big silver sculpture) Photographer: Sara Herrlander (photo with girl with black bun) Photographer: Dan McBride (photo of silver face piece) Photographer: Marie Staggat (photo of pointy nail rings) Photographer: Ashley Dupree (photo of cube ring) Photographer: Raisa Berger