Sunday, 23 April 2017

Nguyen Cong Tri



Nguyen Cong Tri has created a collection celebrating the flower vendors of Saigon, this elegant monochrome collection is punctuated with splashes and textures of blooms and plants, like flowers growing through the cracks in the street.  
“Throughout my collection there are two different design perspectives. The front is a very simple, monochrome color, inspired by the way in which the flower ladies go about earning their living. The back is inspired by the flowers carried on their backs that appear to silently flood the city with oxygen and colour.’’
This collection combines a diverse range of fabrics and textures including cotton, khaki, knitting, and PVC. Monochrome bases are beautifully enhanced by Cong Tri's signature embroidery and techniques, which are offset by the flowers that adorn the back of each design. ‘‘In my humble opinion, fashion doesn’t have to be something steeped in luxury. Rather it needs to be sparked by an inspiring story or the needs of everyday life. Fashion, once worn, should inspire us to shine, to be positive and most of all to be cheerful. EM HOA is an extension of beauty itself. It takes us on a colouful journey and distracts us from the pressures and burdens of modern life.’’ Nguyen Cong Tri



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Bobby Becker


Digitally enhanced but a fantastic concept from Nashville based photographer Bobby Becker.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mona Luison



Mona Luison uses donated and found materials to collage garments, initially, she crafted jewellery items but these have organically grown into larger items sculptural clothing. Constructed using knitting and embroidery her work traverses fashion, jewellery, sculpture and toy/ doll making exploring themes of current affairs and current affairs. Thank you Spencer  




Thursday, 6 April 2017

Opera Costumes of 1740's Bologna


Today I visited the International Museum and Library of Music in Bologna it was amazing. A tiny part of the incredible collection that they have, is these watercolour opera costume sketches from the 1740's. 




Sunday, 2 April 2017

Maryam Ashkanian





Iranian artist Maryam Ashkanian has created these intimate sculptural portraits using pillows.
"I am really interested in sleeping people and I want to explore what they see in their dreams. I also believe they are in a different land or a different life. For me, when I start to sleep I really find myself in the middle of nowhere; in my utopia. I change into another person, or my real character, without a mask." Maryam Ashkanian



Thursday, 23 March 2017

Diana Scherer






German artist Diana Scherer has been  collaborating with biologists and ecologists of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, and growing a portfolio of plant matter by encouraging roots to grow into molded forms dictating the pattern of growth and creating a unique natural art form, a root textile. They hope to develop this work into fabric or carpets and this year they plan to grow a root dress.
The fantastic thing about this possibility is that the roots fix carbon dioxide so carbon is fixed in the fibers, helping to remove it from the air.




Monday, 20 March 2017

Super Groupe




The French collective 'Super Groupe's' project "Bande de mutants" from 2012, juxtaposed bold garments to create monsters. You can see a video of the creations here.


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Tracy Widdess




A collaboration focusing on fictional birds from children's books, led to the bird masks above being created by 'brutal knitter' Tracy Widdess and costumes by 'Ant' Babcia Mrówki. Photography is by Tomasz Biskup and Paulina Kania. Art direction, custom-made typography and 3D objects are by Piotr Buczkowski 


Friday, 17 March 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Alexandra Drenth I




Alexandra Drenth lives and works in Amsterdam her artistic career started with photography and painting. In the last few years her focus has been textiles and in particular incredibly detailed hand embroidery, utilising combinations of fabrics old and the new.
Often her pieces have dense tracts of text telling stories from women's lives. These are accompanied by highly populated scenes and natural elements such as plants, flowers.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Elaine Jae Jarrell

 Above and Below: 'Urban Wall Suit' 1969 cotton and silk painted.

Jae Jarrell inspired by her Grandfather's work as a tailor and her uncles haberdashery shop. An early exposure to fabrics and stitch techniques set the foundations for a career as an artist, fashion designer and advocate. Jae produced garments to inspire pride, power, energy, and self respect in African American communities. She was one of the founding members of AFRICOBRA
"One of the tenets of AFRICOBRA was to reinvent yourself, reinvent how you were, reinvent your whole manner so that you had a fresh voice. I was inventing my fabric. I had made a line of silk shirts at my Jae of Hyde Park shop, so I decided to use the scraps. I put them together in large and small patches of rectangular shapes and squares. I started to pay attention to the walls in our Chicago
area, all of the markings on them. AFRICOBRA had made us missionaries to the community; we were doing art for the community. And I saw the walls as community message boards. I was struck by folks who tagged questions or propositions on the wall that someone else might answer. I thought, “Wow, this is hip.” As I was putting together this fabric I thought, “Let me see if I can make bricks in it.” I used velvet ribbon for my mortar, and began to paint and write graffiti as well as incorporating the posters with announcements that you would find. That’s how I got to Urban Wall Suit."
Jae Jarrell


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt






Minya Diez-Dührkoop's photographs of  Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt's expressionist dance costumes for "Technology" 1920. Lavinia and Walter were a creative couple who shunned material wealth and possessions and lived for dance and performance. Their lives came to a tragic and early end when, in 1924, 4 days before her 28th birthday, Lavinia Schulz shot Walter Holdt dead and then turned the gun on herself. Thirty of the couple's costumes were later discovered in Hamburg and are now in the permanent collection at the Museum für Kunst. Below is a video if them being used as part of the museums Moderne exhibition in 2012.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Marie et Rose-Alice

Beautiful elegance and practicality in the clothing of French children's design company Marie and Rose-Alice based in Calais., these handcrafted clothes are available here.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Kiki Xue and the Peking Opera



Kiki Xue's incredible photograph series 'Peking Opera', featuring work by the design houses of Bottega Veneta, Etro, Blumarine and Emporio Armani. Styled by Xiao Mu Fanor the May issue of  Harper’s Bazaar China
                     

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Mariko Kusumoto





There is something magical about translucence, and Mariko Kusumoto's works are magical in that they are almost biological or astronomical. Worlds within worlds, they remind me of minute cellular organisms or planets Added to this the colours of confectionary and the qualities of glass marbles and they have the intrinsic pleasure of childhood discoveries in an extreme manifestation and sophistication of craftsmanship and beauty.
"My recent fabric pieces have developed with much experimentation and demonstrate an evolution from the properties of metal to something completely opposite.  During the experimental process there is sometimes a breathtaking moment; I ‘catch’ those moments and develop ideas from that point.  I like the softness, gentle texture, and atmospheric (e.g., translucent) quality of the fabrics I use.  In all of my work there is always the insistence on skill and craftsmanship." Mariko Kusumoto