To say that photographer Julie Lee has a way with food would be an understatement! The talented Lee creates complex, yet extremely delicate patterns with nature’s finest edibles. Originally started as a way to showcase local seasonal fruits and veggies, the artist states that the project has “…evolved into an ongoing project in the study of plant design, exploration of color theory, and pure, unadulterated food-love.” When speaking of her motivations, the artist says of her work “I love delicious things. I love beautiful things. I love to create. I love to learn.” In addition to the gorgeous capturing of food on film, Lee also posts some lovely recipes on her blog. Simple yet delectable, nothing beats some avocado toast – see the recipe below!
Thom Browne’s Spring’16 Menswear collection tells a tale of Japan. Full of samurais, dragons, cranes, chrysanthemums, Mt. Fuji, and pastoral scenes, the collection was inspired by a country with which Browne has a close relationship. Browne used his manufacturers in Japan to do the work because of their keen eye and craftsmanship. The Japanese silk paintings and woodblock prints posted below date back to the 18th century..and could’ve been backdrop to the runway show!
We loved some of the print stories we saw on the Resort runways. Scribbly florals are looking fresh and spontaneous and lend themselves nicely to embroidery. Patchwork prints, a staple at this point, see some updates and interesting spin-offs. Finally, cold hard geos never go away and have a strong, presence for Resort 16.
London based via Toronto designer, Anthony Gerace, keeps his plate full. Working as a graphic designer and photographer, he fills in the blanks with collage art. We love his chopped pieces from the series titled, There Must Be More to Life Than This. His grid technique could easily be applied to floral prints creating a hybrid plaid/floral style. Gerace’s color studies are equally stunning and inspirational. Find more of his work in the exhibit, Brooklyn vs. London, in which seven collage artists from Brooklyn meet their London equivalent. The show, hosted by Something in the Attic at Carousel, closes June 27th.
Studio Weave prides itself on maintaining a joyful approach to designing spaces and their project Ecology of Colour is steeped with it! Created in Kent, England the patterned shelter was created as an art studio and bird-watching refuge. During quiet periods, the cantilevered first floor walls provide rain protection for birdwatchers while still allowing them to be able to spot wildlife. The studio is also frequently transformed into an art haven – where locals host dying workshops using natural dyes foraged from the surrounding plant life. Studio Weave collaborated with graphic designers Nous Vous to create the exuberant grid pattern, entitled Joy, that provides the theme for the structure.”The pattern was a very intuitive response to a grid and it was this spontaneity with regard to form and colour that I hoped would bring across a sense of joy,” says Will Edmonds from Nous Vous. Once the structure was completed, the community came together to hand paint the 144 timber panels using organic paints.
Soft hues fresh from the garden.
No need to go overboard with the stripes. Subtle stripes look just right for Resort 2016!
– bekah hilleson
Hey Designers! Want to enter your print design for a chance to win up to €5,000 and be licensed by a major fashion brand?
Jovoto is hosting a pattern design contest, and the theme is…Chinoiserie Chic! From china blue inspirations to colorful florals, the theme is full of possibilities. We’ve put together an inspiration board to help get you started.
After this project, some of the best designers will be invited to a talent pool where they will have the exclusive opportunity to work on a series of briefs on a monthly basis throughout the next year.
In the mean time, get the full scoop here!
New Zealand transplant, Stephanie Symns, brings us playful, bold print designs from her recently launched studio, Antipod Workshop. Her ARTIFACT collection of pillows features patterns developed from fragments of ripped posters sourced from Chinatown in her adopted city of Vancouver, British Columbia. We’re also loving the optical effect of her Windows 1.0 design inspired by high-rise office windows. View more of her work here.
Blogger Alana Jones-Mann’s decorated creations look almost too good to eat! Her Inspired Cake series involves a few steps to recreate, but the end result looks amazing! With inspiration taken from tiles for her first installation and wallpaper for this latest, these cakes are a great way to show off your love of textiles — and put dessert on the table.