Keep your head high up in the trees!
- bekah hilleson
Check out this interview with Ryan Cobourn which explores how his paintings both interact with digital information, and at the same time turn away from it. Ryan mixes all his own paints using ground pigments and oils which are all derived from the earth, and the act of painting becomes a pure relationship to the physical world.
For me, anytime I actually paint or draw, the experience is infinitely more satisfying than creating something on the computer.
For London’s AW14 women’s print stories, we find ourselves walking down memory lane as many of the directions follow in the footsteps of the men’s collections. Arts & Crafts influenced botanicals hint at the work of William Morris while lines make a powerful statement in optical and updated interpretations. We love Issa’s collage prints which bring a refreshing and organic take on geometrics. Meanwhile, designers clash styles and colors with a series of vivid and opposing pairings from delicate florals overlaid on optical geometrics to animal prints sliced with retro flower motifs. But, if that’s not enough, turn to the tessellated tile work of Morocco for inspiration as geometric prints gain mathematic precision.
View New York’s review here, and stay tuned for our future postings on Milan and Paris.
Whether tonal or a bright pop of color, dip dye effects light up interiors this coming Spring. Take the collection from Atelier Biagetti for example. Soft leathers are “tainted in vibrant colors” while furniture is brushed in subtle shades reminiscent of a horizon line. This trend also appears throughout the recent AW 14 menswear collections. We especially like Bottega Veneta’s organic approach which gives the illusion of leaked ink.
Swirls and lines twist and turn for a maze-like effect.
- bekah hilleson
Our latest contributor Laura Banchik brings a lovely hand painted quality to her prints, with great colors and flowing repeats. Check out her site and see more of her beautiful prints here.
Proenza Schouler, Rachel Comey, Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg, M Missoni,Proenza Schouler
Adam Lippes, Steven Alan, Ohne Titel, Rachel Comey, Vivienne Tamm
Tia Chibani,Cynthia Rowley, Peter Som, Douglas Hannant, Tia Chibani, Duckie Brown
A number of key stories jumped out from the AW14 Women’s shows. Print mixing was a huge theme, with loads of plaids, florals and animal prints jumbled into colorful lovely messes. Our favorite was Clover Canyon’s innovative and breathtaking collection. Black and white prints with an op-art edge also stood out and hurt our eyeballs a bit. And with a growing reliance on digital printing, prints can be blurred and distorted in all kinds of new ways. Now that the London shoes are underway, let’s what new stories emerge in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more print story reports from all the runways!
Trina Turk, Libertine, Calla, Clover Canyon x 3
Tracy Reese, Timo Weiland, Christian Siriano, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Jean-Pierre Braganza, DKNY
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! There’s something about layered patterns, particularly lush rose prints, that make any room feel romantic. If an Ossie Clark dress is involved, then there’s sure to be love in the air.