These graphic collaged sweaters would make Cliff Huxtable proud.
- bekah hilleson
This stop motion animation by Miguel Jiron is full of drips, dabs and showers set to the sounds of a thunderstorm. The mood is playful and dramatic, and leaves me feeling inspired to do work on some drippy, painterly prints!
Get out your scissors and start cutting as the collage trend is gaining steam across the creative world. From the layered moon texture prints seen at Raf Simons to Chloe’s Memphis Group style designs, the cut out effect brings a happy and playful feel to everything it touches. For more inspiration, check out the whimsical, free-form collages created by Matisse here.
With mixed prints and collage being such a huge trend right now, we found this tile collage project inspiring. Artist duo Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell of Dear Human collected discarded and discounted tiles from a small tile factory in Cortico, Portugal where these treasures were piling up. Grass was growing around them and animals living on top of them. The artists transformed these tiles by re-firing them with golden details. Magnets were attached to the back, and the tiles will be affixed to subway stations, cafes and any other metallic surfaces all around Canada. A phone number on the back of each tile reveals the story of the project. The tile installation seen above was shown at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.
Beth Hoeckel | Christian Dior
House plant hues pop big time with a hit of fuchsia.
This linear, yet organic print makes me want to wiggle.
- bekah hilleson
This giant wall collage by Andrea Mastovito is composed of images cut out from discarded books. With digital printing in full swing, it’s a great time to design some photo collages like the ones we created for Society6. Check them out here!
Every season the runway collections offer up fresh print directions, as well as interesting updates to the standard categories such as florals, animal skins, and geometrics. Here we bring you our favorite printwear collection picks from the AW 14 Runways. All are chosen for their innovative directions or techniques. And without further ado, here are Pattern People’s Best of the Best from this season’s runways!
Mixing texture and abstraction with animal skins, Barbara Bui creates a modern interpretation of the age old classic.
Dark florals were all the rage last season, but Tia Cibani brings a lighter touch to her AW collection by applying a blur effect to her retro feeling floral prints.
Popular also with the menswear collections, the optical theme is a great update for stripes. Bottega Veneta’s warp treatments add an extra layer of interest to this bold and graphic direction.
Akris, Christian Wijnants and others brought us some amazing textural prints. However, Sportmax’s designs do a great job at bridging the painterly patterns of last season.
CUT OUT COLOR BLOCK
Issa’s modern collection offers an organic update to the color block trend using bold splashes of color and graphic shapes to create a series of pop-tastic prints.
Plaids are ever present in AW collections, but Clover Canyon’s approach mixes photographic elements with optical inlays for a fresh look.
Carven’s clever use of cut out silhouettes coupled with vintage photographic elements taps into the Dadaist undercurrent flowing throughout many of the AW14 collections.
Another inevitable category, geometrics this season vary from tessellating patterns, as seen at Temperley London, to simple, deco block forms like those at Chanel or Viktor & Rolf. Emma Cook manages to capture all of these key trends in her collection with aplomb.
– Jessie Whipple Vickery and Claudia Brown
images via here
London retailer, Heal’s, has a long history of discovering fresh talent. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, the company helped emerging designers such as Lucienne Day and Zandra Rhodes gain notoriety in the textile world. So, it comes as big news that Heal’s is launching an in-house textile collection again, the first since the 1970s! This exclusive brand collection features archived designs by original designers like Zandra Rhodes while up-and-coming designers such as Petra Börner and Hvass & Hannibal inject a modern feel. Also coinciding with the fabric launch is a range of co-ordinating accessories and home goods from aprons to pillows which appear in the playful prints.
Designed while she was at the Royal College of Art in the early 1960s, Top Brass 2 by Zandra Rhodes is a rework of her original Top Brass print which referenced military medals. Designers, Hvass & Hannibal, sited pressed flowers as their inspiration for Herbarium shown below while Petra Börner cut layers of paper to create her pattern which was then photographed and reinterpreted on the computer.