Overstepping Artifacts is French musician Alexandre Lehmann’s (aka Ricardo Montalban or Zzzzra) latest video project. It’s like a trip around a different planet, one maybe even more amazing than our own.
With so many trippy and interesting textures that we just saw all over the runways, particularly in Milan, seems like a good time to get psychedelic, and consider how fractals can used in print to create endless depth and interest.
In the last of our AW14 women’s print coverage, we land in Paris where we see many of the same directions from previous cities continuing in full force. Optical and animal interpretations take the lead, while abstract textures, especially with a blur effect, follow behind. Florals turn bold in two-tone form and designers use conversational shapes to create dramatic silhouette statements. Check out our previous print stories for New York, London and Milan here.
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If you’re anything like me, my list of personal projects is loooong. However, with deadlines and other work demands, finding the creative motivation and time to design projects for myself seems next to impossible. But, after seeing the cool wallpaper that creative director, Suzanne Shade, created for her kitchen remodel, I’m rethinking my priorities. Inspired by an instagram image, Shade spliced and inlaid the photo with a traditional toile to fashion a modern and fresh-looking geometric design. Using San Francisco’s Blow Up Lab, Shade printed the pattern onto repositionable poly fabric typically used for commercial displays. How easy does that sound? Now if I can only find the time…
These muted, earthy tones are a reminder that spring is on its way.
It’s time to show off one of our more graceful extremities: the hand! Designers like Saloni, Osman and Carven can’t keep their mitts off for f/w 2014. I think they deserve a round of applause.
- bekah hilleson
Surface designer, Sarah Milton, brings her unique take on typography to the windows of Printer of Dreams in London in the current exhibit, Helvetica Folded. Running for two weeks, the window display features large scale posters of her deconstructed Helvetica characters created via a series of origami folds which can be purchase here. Currently based in East London, Milton’s wallpapers and artist prints capture her fascination with the process of distorting and abstracting type and have won her many awards such as the Timorous Beasties Award from the Wallpaper History Society in 2011.
As the press release states: “Beginning with only a chosen font, Sarah prints particular characters onto small squares and then methodically begins an unplanned journey of distortion via a series of origami folds, until she has created and carefully composed an entirely alien pattern. The result here is a bold and rhythmic collection that playfully questions the viewer to trace what is legible and what is not?
‘Helvetica Alpha Too’ depicts the alphabet from A to Z. Each letter has been distorted using origami paper folds, and is mixed with textures collected directly by Sarah from the print room.
‘Helvetica Trace’ is constructed out of characters, such as asterisks, brackets and semicolons, which have been abstracted using origami folds on tracing paper. The print is a direct reflection of the original folds creating the illusion of folded paper.
‘Flat Zag’ is constructed out of the numbers 0-9 which have been distorted using origami paper folds. Each fold has been pieced back together to create a subtle zig zag effect.”
Milan’s print stories bring a heavy dose of textures, with lots of innovative and dramatic takes. A folky fairytale story emerged at Dolce & Gabbana, creating a lovely old world charm with a dose of glamour. Stark angles and contrasts dominated Fausto Puglisi’s collection, with quite a raucous color story, but leave it to Bottega Veneta to take this direction into a sophisticated and unexpected realm, with leather inlays and sophisticated color. Japanese florals dominated at Blumarine and made a beautiful presence at Antonio Maras. And finally, we’re seeing a lot of patchworky designs but with organic shapes rather than squares.
Fausto Puglisi x 2, Bottega Veneta x 2
There’s often more to a pattern than meets the eye. Take Mary Katrantzou’s latest collection, for example, which features an array of layered badges and symbols that create intricate prints which hint at the souvenirs of youth. Likewise, Afghan war rugs replace the standard rug vernacular with helicopters, planes, and weapons of all sizes to communicate a new message. Lee Broom’s Carpetry Pendant Light adapts a Persian design for a fresh feel, while House of Hackney reimagines a 17th century rug from Liberty’s famous Oriental Carpet department and peppers it across an array of fashion and home goods.