Walter Van Beirendonck | Neil Barrett | MSGM
Seeing lots of color blocking on the men’s runways, with mostly brights, along with some muted tones from Neil Barrett. Inspiration seems to echo 90’s sporty styles.
With an appreciation for fine craft, Hillery Sproatt translates her whimsical paintings into cozy cotton blankets. Influences of Japanese, Eastern European, and Scandinavian design can be found in her organic shapes and childlike interpretations of nature and animals. Always a lover of paper, Sproatt didn’t cross over to textiles until Unison reached out to collaborate in 2014 on a line of homewares.
These artful textiles are knitted from 80% recycled cotton which is created from post-consumer fibers and scraps discarded during the cut and sew process. Sproatt develops her collections by simply painting with no goal in mind. She then sorts out her favorite pieces to sample not knowing for certain what the outcome will be. The surprise aspect of the process lends itself well to the care-free nature of her designs. See more of her work here or check out her limited edition collection for Of a Kind here.
Located outside of Las Vegas, Nevada – Ugo Rondinone’s large-scale art piece Seven Magic Mountains is a dash of color in the desert landscape. Standing more than thirty feet high the seven towers consist of stacked boulders – each weighing roughly 40,000 pounds. According to the artist, “the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by the mountain ranges, desert, and Jean Dry Lake backdrop, and the artificial is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.” The exhibit is scheduled to be standing for two years and definitely seems worth a visit!
Temperly London | Moschino | Issey Miyake
Geometrics get trippy and over the top on Resort 17 runways.
Amid the concrete jungle of New York City, artist and printmaker Karin Haas investigates plants and flowers crafting them into abstract combinations using pastels, paint, and pencil. After graduating from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Haas moved to New York to focus on her art full time. Her dedication paid off and within the first year she found gallery representation, had a solo exhibit, as well as completed a textile design collaboration with label, C. Keller, for its S/S 2016 collection. We’re excited to see what this talented artist does next. View more of her paintings and prints at karinhaas.nyc.
Loving the delicate and intricate work of textile artist Mimi Jung. The artist explores the unlimited possibilities of weaving through everything from tapestries to her latest exhibit – an amazing teahouse complete with revolving woven walls. The project, on display until August at Chamber, is an homage to solitude and the ever-changing nature of the world around us.
Incorporate verbiage for some free speech (or brand publicity) vibes.
We featured Australian designer Cassie Byrne back in November and she’s come quite a long way since! Loving her new line which she sells through her shop Variety Hour. Her instagram feed is fun to follow too.
South Carolina may be her current home but textile designer, Sue C. Brown, draws inspiration from her Trinidad past which she channels into her print company, Subee C. Studio. Her punchy surface designs combine Sue’s passion for color and painting, and are crafted specifically for the fashion, interiors, and paper goods markets. In 2013, she created her own line of products showcasing her painterly, abstract style in eye-popping color combinations.
Sue spends much of her time in the studio and is currently completing new collections for home decor and activewear. Her designs start by hand – either hand drawn or painted – before being manipulated digitally. You can find more of her patterns at www.subeestudio.com or via instagram @subeestudio.