Design Catwalk
Elodie Antoine transforms objects and reinvent them using textile art
Master of many fabrics and materials, Elodie Antoine transforms objects and reinvent them using textile art, she shapes new ways of living through a sort of deep molecular metamorphosis. In line with artists such as Louise Bourgeois she develops the original shape of daily clothes and objects trying to cope with the space she uses as a research laboratory....

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LeonardoWorx shares the Iterative Method
I’m a digital artist working at 360 degrees from sound design, to interactive installations, 3dshortmovies and printed artworks. I’m represented by Machas, a really cool agency from London and i do my projects for art galleries, fashion brands and commercial brands covering all the fields. I started as a contemporary music composer but when i made my first interactive installations i started studying by myself motion graphic, 3D and videoshooting. So here we are!...

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Center for Style . Emerging and experimental fashion practice
Anne Karine Thorbjornsen Centre for Style is an exhibition space and shop in Melbourne. About themselves at Center for Style they say: “We showcase and stock emerging and experimental fashion practice. The Centre floats between disciplines, teetering on both retail and gallery we host a program that engages new modes of fashion production and consumption.” […]...

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Lianne Polinder’s TechnoFabric Mimicry
Technology shapes our world and we become increasingly inseparable from it, while most of us consider ourselves outsiders with no say in the matter," said Polinder. "That does not seem right to me. If something is a major force in our lives, we should be able to 'touch it' rather than be at its mercy....

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Biocouture . How to grow your own fabrics
"This is a method of producing fashion which is closer to brewing beer." Suzanne Lee, founder of Biocouture and promoter and founder of Biofabricate grows literally fashion. If someone told you they could grow a dress from a vat of liquid, you probably wouldn’t believe them. Suzanne Lee, Founder of Biocouture Ltd, is heading the world’s first biodesign consultancy firm, which brings knowledge from scientists’ labs into fashion production. Biocouture offers a completely new perspective on how we could manufacture clothing, accessories and sportswear in the future....

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Helena Almeida . My work is my body, my body is my work
Helena Almeida is a Portuguese artist , her works is based on three dimensional paintings, art performances and photography. She works on the distortion of perception of art and painting. She often works on self representation, by wearing a canvas, or as in Christ carrying the cross, she identifies herself with her work, there is no difference between the work and artist's body. In her work the image of a woman is transformed in a painting or drawing "My work is my body, my body is my work." "I am the canvas." Hew work has been described as "halfway between a performance (capturing an instant), and body art (the body itself as the absolute protagonist). ...

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Emo De Medeiros and the Mempo Protecting Angel
Emo de Medeiros mixes his cultural heritage with new digital saints and simbols. He lives and works in Paris and in Cotonou (Benin). He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and continued his training at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris), where he first started focusing on video, while continuing to explore different disciplines of digital arts: music, graphic design, 3D modeling, and photography. His first video pieces explored the theme of instensity (intensity of the instant)....

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Hayley Grundmann . “You have to keep recycling yourself.”
You have to keep recycling yourself ...

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Sheila Hicks, Ethnologist of Textile Art and Culture.
Sheila Hicks was born in Hastings, Nebraska and received her BFA and MFA degrees from Yale University. She received a Fulbright scholarship in 1957-58 to paint in Chile where her life of travel and ethnologic investigation began and she could develop her interest in working with fibers....

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Fashion distortion in the work of Jesse Draxler and Jen Whitaker
   The artist Jesse Draxler in collaboration with the photographer Jen Whitaker created a series Primer, published exclusively for Dazed Magazine that combines photography and collage for a captivating visual narrative. The result is stunning with an intense visual distortion built upon perception fragmentation and a strong impact on how the eye perceives the shape. A […]...

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Gali Cnaani’s Textile Art
For the Israeli textile artist Gali Cnaani, the act of weaving must begin by unravelling. In her works, she starts by selecting second-hand garments that attract her visual attention. Her intervention begins by unravelling and deconstructing the seams and weaving, until the threads are loose. In a complex technique she developed, Cnaani then re-weaves the garments into a new fabric. The outcome is a distorted grid, a meticulously crafted homage to the tradition of textile-making....

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Wim City: the Wim Delvoye Design Navigation Experience
I chose to talk about Wim Delvoye in a snippet retrospective because he forecast for sure big themes in art and fashion of the last 20 years; let's hashtag: #carpet #digitalprint #tattoo #tumblr #ego #body #skin #religion #vegetarian #animal #china #Cloaca #Shit #logorework #goth #sportcore #casting #rubber #xraysex #vintagevideogames (starting from his website) among others....

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György Kepes . Camouflage from the air, what light patterns do
Design which has its root in the heart of man and not in his pocket is alive…no genuine work is done if the intent is shallow. My whole life has been a struggle to make design a part of the human lot…not to sell but to help life....

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The Body is Feminism: Valie Export and Friedl Kubelka
Feminism is a trending topic more than ever: Beyonce, Lena Dunham, Emma Watson (with her speech at United Nations), Lorde, and Taylor Swift among many others, speak and spoke... and I found even the woman against feminism tumblr. Finally the theme is on again, hotter than ever; what was brought up in the sixties and seventies has to go further and deeper and it has to meet who fights for human rights in general and sees (for many different and opposite reasons) feminism in a negative way. We are still far and to do my part I want to share the experience of Feminist Actionism from the city I am born in, Vienna, represented in the actual exhibition of Valie Export and Friedl Kubelka at Richard Saltoun Gallery in...

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Katharine Morling . From still lives to everyday objects
Each piece, on the surface, an inanimate object, has been given layers of emotion and embedded with stories, which are open for interpretation in the viewer’s mind. When put together, the pieces combine to make a tableau staging the still lives of everyday objects. The life size pieces and the unexpectedness of the scale create a slightly surreal experience as you walk through this strange environment....

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Witch is not a Four Letter Word: Costumes and Rituals in Bolivia
The use of the word “witch” derives from the Spanish colonisation, and from the Catholic Church in which men communicate with the divine through intermediates: With God, through a Priest and the Church, and with the Devil through witches and witchcraft. However the Altiplanic belief system is much more complex, not conforming to such a black/white dichotomy. For them the mortal world is porous, the men approach deities, sometimes they are benevolent, sometimes evil, depending on the homage’s that they have been given. Anyone can address Pachamama, achachilas, Tio de la mine (or Supay) etc. but this requires following certain rituals....

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Cut-Out Editorial Project with Kamilya Kuspan
  Kamilya Kuspan is a stylist from Kazakhstan who has been spotted often on The Sartorialist’s fashion diary. She is now resident in Paris where she collaborates with various brands and magazines. DC fell in love with her styling for Etage Magazine in collaboration with photographer Pauline Darley. A White mix of techno romanticism for what looks […]...

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Waldemar Strempler . Living figures through collages
Collages have represented the main theme of my research in the last few months, a world of paper and layers born to create bizarre new images and glamourous stories. Following my favorites one among the huge parade of Waldemar Strempler's work....

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Optimism is the Vital Force that Entangles itself with and then Shapes the Future.
The body is shown and used to free the viewer from their own. Stone’s work revolves specifically around creative interactions and community, based on the idea that individual autonomy can be successfully combined with the power of collectivity. Recent exhibitions and performances have taken place at the Baltic, the Royal Academy, the ICA and Tate Britain....

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STONE AGE . When stones become vibrant locations
The shooting aimed to promote the designers of the cutting-edge area, with a mood based on a Stone Theme and built on their textures. The set was located at Superstudiopiù in Milan....

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Daniel Gordon . Still Lifes, Portraits, and more
He is the Author of Still Lifes, Portraits, and Parts (Mörel, 2013), Flowers and Shadows (Onestar Press, 2011) and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009). He is the winner of the 2014 Foam Paul Huf award, and will exhibit his work in a solo exhibition at the museum this fall....

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Sabato Visconti . Brazilian art comes on Saturday
Sabato's works have been published in the U.S. and abroad: he frequently contributes illustrations to Caderno 360, a Brazilian newspaper, and his photography was featured in Photography Forum's "Best of Photography" for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Sabato has also been creating a body of glitch art works exploring the digital nature of contemporary photography and its relationship to human memory....

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John Vochatzer . Collage multiples my vision
Multiplying and distort, these are the words that define the personal mantra of John Vochatzer, a mantra where girls are transformed in illusionary beings and surreal goddess....

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Nikoline Liv Andersen . Theatrical visions performed through fashion mannerism
In order to express the sensation of life’s fragility, which occupies her to a great degree, she initiates a process involving the decomposition of the finished work. She unstitches and tears open, adds substance and starts painting again – construction, decomposition and dissolution – again and again and again, until she feels satisfied with the result, which accordingly takes on depth and gives the eye a sense of three-dimensionality. ...

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Interactive Textiles: Real Easy and Fun
We are a company with more than 65 years of expertise in textiles and textiles machinery. We have produced industrial knitting machines since 1949. When market had changed we had to think of new activities and new products. I am electronic engineer: it came to my mind the idea combining two old techniques: "old + old = new" I said. I put together electric wires technology with my knitting expertise and, with the help of my brother Lorenzo, we started a brand new firm called Plug and Wear. Nowadays, our manufactory merges Italian textile tradition with innovation and research on e-textiles and smart fabrics. We proudly developed and built 95% of our machines. We produce textiles sensors and actuators, conductive...

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Eugenia Loli . A sense of danger and urgency
A filmmaker and a modern vintage collage artist, Eugenia Loli is originally from Greece, but she lives in California, she presents a "narrative" scene in her collages, like there's something bigger going on than what's merely depicted. Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, sometimes it's horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, sometimes it's chill. She leaves it to the viewer's imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot....

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Bryan Olson . invisible worlds hidden to ordinary mortals
Some people have visions, connections with other invisible worlds that most of the time are hidden to ordinary mortals, this is the world portrayed by Bryan Olson, a universe full of layers in a meaning to decode. Abstract fragments that capture moments of people and objects and interpose them into a new generic meaning....

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Domenico Romeo: intimacy in a flow of signs.
Today I want to introduce you a great graphic artist, Domenico Romeo, self invented, who merges love for calligraphy and alphabets with oriental taste with a strong relationship to fashion, street culture, and applied arts in general. Here the exclusive interview for DC. how did you start? where does your love and talent come from? I can't say how I started. I don't remember the day I decided to draw for the first time. But I know I've always been looking for a way to express my self. I've always loved the secrecy, the intimacy, the personal aspect and the flow of signs left on the paper from a pen driven by a hand. I've always loved gothic letters and unknown alphabets....

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Maïmouna . Racial diversity and multiculturalism
A photographer, sculptor, and installation artist, ‘Maïmouna’ Patrizia Guerresi reveals unique and authentic sensibilities in her narration of the beauty and subtleties of racial diversity and multiculturalism. Over an established career, she has developed her own symbolism, which combines cosmological and ancestral traditions belonging to various European, African, and Asian cultures.  via art pray shop   Morethanlove […]...

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Ferré’s unique exhibition
Finally an exhibition dedicated to the memory of Ferré, the architect of Fashion, an almost forgotten genious (in such a short time!). Still on for a couple of weeks in Prato, city of textile heritage in its Museo del Tessuto co-organized with the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation and curated by Daniela Degl’Innocenti. Ideated to focus attention on the designer’s exquisite sartorial poetics, this exhibition wants to deliver a deep understanding of the white shirt, true paradigm of the Ferré style, thanks to an itinerary that on multiple levels highlights a vision remarkably rich in innovative design elements and enthralling creative interp...

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Kustaa Saksi Hypnopompic Textile Art
The TextielMuseum’s TextielLab presents the work of Finnish graphic designer Kustaa Saksi (1975) in the new Highlights exhibition. Saksi realised ‘Hypnopompic’; a series of eight vivid large-scale tapestries. Hypnopompic means the dreamlike state of consciousness filled with illusions that can occur between waking and sleeping. The brightly coloured pieces combine recognisable creatures and organic designs with surreal visualisations. A wide range of natural and synthetic materials, from viscose, lurex and metallic yarns, to alpaca wool and mohair, add extra depth....

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Surreal worlds in dynamic collage prints by Simon A. Kjær
Why to choose reality when you make everything up just cutting and pasting? Collage is one of my passions, you can easily melting sensations and colors, regressions to past events with contemporary daily life....

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Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol
The Textile Museum in Tilburg hosts until September 14th a great exhibition; I always love to see well known artists in giving their talent to textile design and fashion. People forget it's always been like this. That's how it is possible to see a fascinating overview of 20th-century textile designs from some of the world’s most renowned artists. More than 200 home furnishing and clothing fabrics trace the history of textile design, with examples from Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Modernism, Surrealism and Pop Art. Featuring work by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore, Fernand Léger, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Joan Miró...

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Mike Kelley’s Retrospective at Moca Los Angeles
Mike Kelley, Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, (1954–2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions—which he set in relation to relentless self and social examinations, both dark and delirious....

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Through-the-Carpet Reality by Faig Ahmed
Faig Ahmed lives and works Baku, Azerbaijan. He graduated from the Sculpture faculty at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation. Currently, he is study¬ing the artistic qualities of Azerbaijani traditional rugs – he disassembles their conventional structure and randomly rearranges the resulting components of the traditional composition then combines these fragments with contemporary sculptural forms....

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Marie Rime . Change your face, wear a mask
Visually, her project Masques, 2011 is very stimulating and interesting (you can see the references in Kae's work). In this serie, the notion of game is being questioned. I tried to expresse my fascination with the relationship between the players. I asked myself what the participants are looking for and whether they are trying to disturb, seduce or intimidate opponents. These reflections led to a series of pictures of a female model wearing masks inspired by primitive tribal art, yet created from elements of the games being played in the championships. While in Armures, 2013 she reflects about the relationship between power, war and ornament; these women loose their identity and become the support of their ...

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Beth Hoeckel . Contemplation of lunar landscapes
Collage is an artistic language used by many artists to represent their own reality. The Italian artist Mimmo Rotella was one of the first in art to work on different levels of subjects by mixing layers of stories through collages. Beth Hoeckel apparently, in addition to having a great taste on choosing the right images, has a propensity towards contemplation. A constant subject in many of her work has as main theme the contemplation of lunar landscapes or natural environments. Interesting both stylistically and as a pattern of color, the work of Beth Hoeckel are small masterpieces of cut and paste....

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Centro Di . Oldies . Italian Art Graphics
Centro Di has represented one of he highest examples of the research of a publisher in the fields of art, music, fashion architecture and other arts in Italy. Founded in Florence in 1968 by Ferruccio and Alessandra Marchi, the publishing house of Centro Di specializes in the publication of books on art history, architecture, and decorative arts, among which are exhibition catalogues, monographs, conference proceedings, museum catalogues, and specialized magazines. Following the passing of Ferruccio Marchi in 1981, his wife Alessandra Marchi Pandolfini, alongside her daughter Ginevra, succeeded him in the management of the publishing house. Artists featured in the exhibition at Fondazione Ente Cassa ...

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If to delimit is to define . Why Kandinsky would appreciate this post
If to delimit is to define, the lines in these series of findings are thought as spatial signs that differentiate a surface from another. A graphic line defines the borders between the space and the object, maintaining the drawing trace, and their artistic nature even in the final act of production. Is it a trend? Or just a mood? Maybe an artistic language very flexible in the variants of personalizations. Since that I'm a graphic designer, I can only have profound love for these pieces of artwork....

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Tim Etchell . Enlightening words
Active performance meets visual art and fiction in the work of Tim Etchell whose work is often concerned with liveness and presence, with the unfolding of events in time and place. The protagonists could be an LCD monitor or a computer screen, a stage, the space of a page, a gallery, a found site, a street, or some private space – a room or a car for instance – in which a person might listen to the radio or read a text....

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Ernst Haeckel . The Wiki Nature
If you think about nature and illustration it is impossible not to mention the work of Ernst Haeckel, a German naturalist and artist who mapped thousands of new species and living forms. His work is mesmerising, an endless parade of suggestions for any pattern designer or fashion illustrator. Both the colors and the subjects are incredibly inspiring for subjects of digital printing, the most wanted trend of the latest seasons....

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Rose Lynn Fisher . The Topography of Tears
The Topography of Tears is a study of 100 tears photographed through a standard light microscope. The project began in a period of personal change, loss, and copious tears. One day I wondered if my tears of grief would look any different from my tears of happiness - and I set out to explore them up close. Years later, this series comprises a wide range of my own and others’ tears, from elation to onions, as well as sorrow, frustration, rejection, resolution, laughing, yawning, birth and rebirth, and many more, each a tiny history....

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Hilary Faye . Collage and gif create a special outer world
Hilary Faye's work is refined and surprising both in the collage that in the gif creations, her pieces express elegance and a very original eye for the subjects represented. A particular attention is paid to the actions frozen in the animations, a showcase of visual contamination that leads the viewer on a special journey that transcends the bi-dimension through creativity....

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Katsuya Kamo and his 100 Headpieces
Mastering the art of hair styling, 100 Headpieces is a new exhibition displaying many of Katsuya Kamo designs, he started to work in fashion with Junya Watanabe at Comme des Garçons in 1996 and since then he collaborated with big names of fashion as Fendi, Chanel and Maison Martin Margiela, Vogue, The New York Times and Dazed & Confused. Amazing pieces of art for one of the most popular Hair styling alive, imaginary meets outer worlds in a personal artistic journey....

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Maiko Takeda’s magic shadows
To put the consumer in the center of the process. To make him the protagonist of the product. To create objects that enhance the user/wearer as a fundamental part of the object itself, that couldn't work properly or even make sense otherwise. That's to me a strong trend and it's clear in Maiko Takeda's Cinematography collection and Atmospheric Re-Entry. In the first, Maiko creates jewels or we'd rather say body accessories, that take life creating and projecting three-dimensional like shadows on the body of the wearer. In the second, colorful plastic like spikes "grow" on parts of the body, creating unexpected effects of volume and textures, becoming sometimes almost furry, sometimes pointy, distorting and enha...

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Bjorg . Geometric shapes full of light at WHITE
Try to think to art and transpose it on jewels, amazing pieces of design that tell stories hidden in distant worlds have been presented at White trade show in Milan. Geometry meets preciousness presenting triangles and spheres which become new shapes in Bjorg collection, creations that enlight your outfit, simplicity of lines enriched with a […]...

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Polly Verity . Animal worlds built in wireframes
Polly Verity creates miniature and intricate sculptures of mythological creatures such as a harpy (harpie), a gryphon (griffen), an hippocampus and a basilisk. [col-sect] [column] Morethanlove . Creative director and Editor in Chief She’s born in the same day of the fashion icon Diana Vreeland, she covered the role of communication consultant for both national […]...

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Pia Hakko . Photos deconstructions
The collage technique is a well-established trend now, it's been years already since we have seen diametrically opposed worlds merging together through creative amateurs work. It's always interesting to see how people represents their creativity through this technique and how strong an image can communicate if distorted and manipulated in uncommon way. Pia Hakko has a BA in Graphic Design at the Central St Martins and assembled some very interesting collage pieces by manipulating photographs, books pages and advertising campaigns....

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Ma Ke . Chinese fashion masterpieces
Sometimes it happens to be struck, mesmerized, crushed or simply amazed by something you never could conceive in your imagination but someone else did through superb craftsmanship. I'm talking about the work or better, pieces of art of the artist and Chinese fashion designer Ma Ke, who stands in opposition to China’s mass-market production and consumerism presenting in his work local cultural value, sustainable materials like natural cotton, linen and silk fibers. Ma Ke says: “ Believing that genuine fashion should not follow trends, but should uncover the extraordinary in the ordinary. In a world of conflict and never ending wars, of polarization between rich and poor, we face a deepening environment...

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The Indigo Princess is Faustine Steinmetz
Faustine is my new hero. everything is just perfect, starting from her website: clean, easy, updated, fashion sperimental (as bad this may sound); the campaign, the video. The Garments. The Garments. The material research. The concepts. So 90, so catching, so confortable for sure, so simple, so handcrafted, so everything ahahha! And she is wise too. And intelligent. And has a "social content in her message". Check if you doubt what I'm saying!...though she goes innocently: "In our studio we work around pieces, not themes." She starts her story like this: "There are these jeans 501, forgot in your dad's wardrobe, except they are handyed, handspun and handwoven. And what about that tracksuit you wore when you we...

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Marina Richter . From miniature to iconography
There are pieces of art that make me feel uncomfortable somehow, it's happen to me when the artist's work is rich in energy and so strong and powerful that strikes me right away when I come close to it. Maybe I'm too sensitive (almost a matter of fact) maybe the artist has so much to give of her nature through the expression that I can feel all the waves that move her artistic flow. The illustrations of Marina Richter are incredible, when I look at her work I have a strong and mixed feeling of something that's going to come out from the paper. Her subjects are historical and yet modern, it's seems to me they landed from a different planet to the canvas and they are ready to whisper something. I'm not hearing vo...

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Hassan Hajjaj brings VOGUEarab to Florence at Aria Art Gallery
Hassan Hajjaj is sometimes defined as a modern Andy Warhol and the most famous maroccan artist of the contemporary Pop culture. This may be certainly sure but it is not my point. He is showing at my friend Federica Cirri's florentine aria art gallery until the 5th of May. What I am interested in is its subjects and in the proudness of their attitude. My mind goes back to M.I.A.'s Bad Girls and others like Lv&Okmalumkoolkat, Azealia and swaga fashion. It's seems that proudness is winning and necessary in these days. It is a different form of creativity that brings "The Message" of Humanity. Hassan may not even have such explicit big intents but he has filtered this mood and influenced for sure imaginary and ...

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Perception of the Abstract . Cope-Arnold
This images of draped misteries impressed me a lot when I saw them, even If I didn't immediately formulate a critic comment about them. They were just beautiful, transmitting incredibly strange mysterious calmness and balance. I went further in my research just recently, discovering that the two artists Nicholas and Dustin, both with varying backgrounds in photography and design had more to offer. Each working beyond their respective discipline they combine the mediums of painting, chemistry, sculpture, fashion and installation as a part of their image-making process. That's how different projects were born ater their first meeting in 2009. Their first project Putesco (2009) explores classical composition and a...

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Luke Brooks’ fashionable gravestones rubbings
Death as a part of life, death as an inspiration, why not? We saw it last week with Winde Reinstra's Mourning Cloaks collection, this time the designer is Luke Brooks, CSM graduate and winner of last year's L'Oréal prize, who made his AW13 collection on the concept of gravestones rubbing. He says: For AW13, I wanted to do something different to my MA collection, something cleaner but still emotional and chaotic. I recalled some samples I'd made a few years ago at The London Brass Rubbing Centre, located in the underbelly of St Martin-in-the-Fields. They involved using wax to rub an engraved image onto Tyvek, a paper-like synthetic fabric with a soft underside. At the time the idea didn’t go anywhere, but I s...

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Nobody puts Baby in a corner . Irving Penn put a bunch of stars
Almost useless to write the bio of Irving Penn (you can easily read it on wiki) and I'm sure most of you know perfectly who I'm talking about, he was one of the greatest photographers of all time, famous for his fashion pics as well as for a personal view of the magnificent art of the photography. Following I found some portraits of famous personalities shooted on a corner, witness of so many stars of his time, Irving Penn caught forever their personality and character in the tiniest location possible. Is the corner seen as the union of two different levels or just a way to give perspective to the classic point of view?...

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Elvira ‘t Hart Just Like a wizard or Mary Poppins. Draw it and it’s there.
Elvira 't Hart is born in '88. You may stupidly think that she has not enough experience to craft her sketches properly but the concept she is developing since her graduation collection is incredibly sintetic. If you are an "academical" born designer you love sketching and if your hand is talented your graphik signs on papaer have their very own beauty. Why not make that happen visually, on clothes? I have dreamt many times of myself, like a happy Mary Poppins, just shaking my hands, my nose, or smiling to transform a sketch immediately in a garment. Elvira is not yet there but she has done a nice work with the magic power of laser cut. She says: With my own drawings as inspiration my aim is to have the same lo...

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Beware of a man’s shadow and a bee’s sting: Tara Dougans’ animated editorial
Lately, I'm becoming more and more fond of menswear. Having always focused on womanswear, both for job reasons and passion, I find myself thinking that you need actually loads of creativity to make menswear that's playful but not too funny, wearable but original: and an increasing number of designers is showing a new image of man, more self-confident and colorful, without resulting childish or silly. So I was reading an interview and this sentence struck my eyes: Menswear somehow feels more open to interpretation, visually its delivery tends to be more subtle than womenswear, so a little twist of playfulness goes a long way. Yes! Excactly what I mean! These are the words of the Canadian, London based visual art...

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It’s not a Carnival Joke. It’s Historically Inaccurate.
It's not a Carnival Joke! It's Historically Inaccurate: Just like the pope's move. (it's not the second time; Celestine V only refused, he did not resign). I love embroidery and this is the perfect translation of my Dasha Shishkin infected mood of the week (went to her exhibition in Milan at Galleria Marconi. The 'Maestro Ricamatore' Richard Saja is probably a very nice person to spend time with, that's what I imagine: precise but ironical, great memory and historical knowledge but jumping imagination. There's so much annoyingly historically inaccurate stuff...but this is fun. Freaks and hidden personalities make their coming out from monochrome patterns; it's more their costumes that are out of context but pro...

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Fashion is my Religion. Manon Kundig’s Mandalas.
The end of the world was near to come and appearantly I didn't realize how much it influenced us. Manon Kundig graudated on her Master in Antwerp in 2012 and prepared for it with inflatable protective clothes, scary faces, and the protection of monsters and cats (who are taking over the world if you don't know yet). According to her NJAL interview she spent 4 years learning how to saw in Switzerland, and her future-retro-gotic collection didn't look in fact only sensational or print based but quite constructed and detailed with hard 3D work. With her second collection Bowerbird she went further: maybe she wasn't afraid of the God's so much anymore or she had seen the same video I had, explaining in a wonderful ...

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†Graffiti is not Dead†. Kidult is not a Kid. He is a Fashion Killer.
“All these retail outlets have once used graffiti as a commercial tool to get more money and be “cool” without knowing anything about the culture. I didn’t simply say “hello” to them. If they really like graffiti, I just gave them what they love.” Kidult does now commercialize his tshirts and exhibits on canvas as well. Trend is against Trend? Why not, that's how it actually works. Graffiti art is always loud, but still hard for what I know; evolving it with using the windows as canvas is an interesting step...and fashion is a kind of a War and not only glamour; I don't mind if the Jacobs and Margiela work was commissioned (I am more disappointed by the mm hm collab)...but it is a little upsetting...

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Visionaries Hopefully Everywhere: Filep Motwary in Florence
Filep Motwary is my favoured insider, you already know that if you follow Desgncatwalk since a while. In these days he is in Florence to interview students (I hope many of tem , would be a different point of view), designers, new talents, professors, artists and everything that is happening during the "hottest" week in the city during te winter. He has been around also this june, when also The Visionaires Talk (as seen on Polimoda Mag), starring fashion professionals Aki Choklat, Alberto Salvadori, Barbara Vinken, Danilo Venturi, Dobrila Denegri, Eugene Rabkin, Erik Bjerkesjo, Filep Motwary, Linda, Loppa, Stefan Siegel has taken place. Follow him for a different review of the Pitti week, not only starring the P...

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PlasticPoetry with Jennifer Gadient. What a silouhette looks like with…
There is not only Plastic Packaging or Surgery...and transparent clothes don't have to be those ones the Emperor got. Jennifer Gadient comes from Switzerland and just graduated, and what she does is Plastic Poetry Clothing produced in Switzerland. There's not much information about her (maybe I should interview her ^_^) but when I saw this collection on NJAL I fell in love at first sight. It says on her profile that what fascinates her is the known and strange, attraction and rejection. Her aim is to offend without being shocking. This tension is what generates curiosity. It could be straight ahead the answer of a contemporary artist working in a different field. I want to tell you my dear readers: despite this...

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Giferizing a world in the crises: easy solutions for big smiles.
burger gif A Gif will rule the world. I'd like to think about all this appealing nice moving images as real entities, friends who keep you company when you have to work all day on your computer....less demanding than a video when you don't have time, just a nice buddy who smiles to you. And nothing than the incredibly large response this oldold file tipe is having could better confirm my feeling. Since the tumblr fever picked it up again (after a modest appereance on myspace statuses) Fashion grabbed it with big open hands; see gif year on nowness and others on fashionista. The anonimous creator of fashgif who gave life to more than 500 fashion gifs is not anonimous anymore: Greta Larkins in a quote from...

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Stephane Fugier
I have a sort of obsession for photographers who focus their work around the body theme. Those who follow Design Catwalk have seen that the latest photos collections are a superb expression of a hidden movement that's taking place amidst photographers. The body is finally represented in unpredictable situations, it becomes a shape around which everything solidifies, branches, hangs in unstable balance. There's no need of big effects, the body itself is already a synthesis of meanings, concepts that connect with nature through fire, ice and leafs. The viewer's eyes focus on the perception of something that has previously captured in a different way. We love Stephane Fugier! Morethanlove...

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Lou Blanc . Body sculptures meet photography
When creativity pushes its boundaries further and further, the result we get is a glimpse of genius work, the more we come closer to a state of creative enlighting the more we get results like the following pictures. As soon as I saw the protraits of the photographer Louis Blanc, I was impressed by his incredible interpretation of the human body. It is not easy to look at reality through the eyes of others, but photography, especially in this case, gives to us many suggestions of how the body is seen by artists. Exaggerated dimensions and distorted perspectives attempt to transform the body perception through close-ups....

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High Fashion Low Countries, designers collaborate for sustainability.
The "low countries" have, in my mind, a trademark of innovation and research as well as a special love for sperimental fashion that in the past made a large use of black and white. But in the project ‘High Fashion Low Countries‘ for the first time three Belgian and three Dutch fashion designers collaborate focusing on the themes of sustainability, craftmanship, innovation and sustainable fashion. The project was set up by the Dutch Embassy in Brussels with curators Javier Barcala and Eve-Marie Kuijstermans, and signed up Belgian designers Helena Lumelsky, Katrien Van Hecke and Céline De Schepper, and recruited Dutch designers Jantine van Peski, Natalie de Koning and Pauline Van Dongen....

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Anita Hirlekar: a splash of fashion
Some months ago I was in Paris, and I went to the Beaubourg to see the exhibition of Gerhard Richter's painting. Alongwith more figurative works, there were also some abstract paintings , very complex and rich in colors. That's what I thought when I saw Anita Hirlekar's dresses: it's like if someone used Richter's paintings to dress up. Anita's dresses are like splashes of colour to wear, and to get this result she used felt: "I used hand felting technique in conjunction with print to achieve different textures. I also wanted to use the felting technique in the construction of the garment so there are no seams in the entire collection, all of the dresses are handfelted together. Along with playing artistically ...

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Redheads sisters play dancers
After the famous Kessler sisters, twins popular in Europe from the 1950s and 1960s for their singing, dancing and acting, there is another siblings couple that is gaining ground in being worldwide recognized. Red hair, same outfits and synchronized body language, better known as Maddy and Monette, these two sisters have been the protagonists of Maja Daniels photographic work. Maja Daniels is a Swedish independent photographer based in London, her work focuses on social documentary and portraiture with an emphasis on human relations in a western, contemporary environment. Maja says: “Monette and Mady do not just share a close relationship as sisters; as a couple they act, model and dance together and ...

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Alexey Bednij . Shadow portraits
Sometimes I wonder if our shadow is part of an illusion or is our body that belongs to an unreal world. What if the world were characterized mostly by shadows than by objects? What if is the shadow that casts its light on the body? Light is the big component of this process, a phenomenon which can take on different meanings according to how it characterizes shapes. I'm really fascinated by the world of the Russian photographer Alexey Bednij, a 28 year old artist who manipulates photos of people and animals in oder to create portraits that he called ‘collages’. Alexey creates, trough tree-dimensional patterns, an incredible modular vision where light and shadows have the same importance....

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Make a pose. but in synchro(dogs).
That's the Disturber's comment about Synchrodogs, the artist duo Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven who have been experimenting with high quality cameras since their "perhaps not-so-innocent youth. From frozen lakes to empty theatre stages across Eastern Europe, the duo have snapped haunting images of the surroundings available to them, often emanating a dark or eerie mood". (DAZED)...

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Maureen My Ngoc and her Inner-self jewellery
I love origami, during my studies as a graphic designer I had a modeling course where I had to create solutions to monthly tasks through paper. Maureen My Ngoc is a designer who decided to use paper to create very alternative jewelry, three-dimensionals patterns are mixed with geometric forms and stunning details. Maureen My Ngoc in its Project Inner-self , was inspired by the feathers of a bird, her creations are shaped by thousands of folded papers and can be flexible toward movements of human body. At the same time when they are moved, they are converted into complete new patterns, and the main meaning of this art is to build up a geometric sculpture from flat papers without using any glue, tapes or k...

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Beyond the Body . A perception of appearance and identity
We live in a time when the distinction between masculine and feminine is more and more subtle. If at first we believed that the difference was merely physical, we have now realized that also attitudes, habits and emotions are completely mixed between men and females. Sometimes men are more fragile and women are sometimes stronger than men and even more cynical. Everything is interchangeable, it is hard to investigate themselves and understand our true nature, it is liberating to see that maybe after work or during the day, one could also remove the mask and return to being itself through a performance. Imme van der Haak constantly strives to question and challenge our perception of what is ‘normal’, f...

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Move baby. Don’t stand still.
I found my new favored of all times. The duo Reed and Rader is the sweetest, greatest, ironic, most loyal couple of photographers I have ever discovered on the web until now. There website is full of pearls and it actually took me a while to understand what their work was about...stylist? designers? illustrators? they just kidnapped my eyes and mind and I started following their animated images full of quotes and childhood dreams. Again. This work is not just one kind of fashion job; and if you watch their interview you understand it perfectly... simple passion and unfiltered attitude. Research, fun and love. I know I sound like a kind of hippy using those kind of words but I am a little like that: that's what ...

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What if Mickey turned punk? Sister by Sibling
Sibling is now a cult knitwear label, born in 2008 out of a collaboration by the three designers Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery, to give knitwear for men a kick. Now Sibling is paired by a womanswear line: Sister by Sibling, characterizedby the same ironic punkish spirit. The presentation of the collection was styled by the acclaimed stylist Katie Grand, and it featured models wearing sparkling sequined masks topped by oversized pompoms recalling Mickey Mouse's ears, which matched perfectly the jacquard knits with a skull-Mickey and crossed bones....

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Aneta Bartos for Minden Chan
There's poetry mixed with magic atmosphere the entire work of Aneta Bartos is rich of sensuality and sexuality the characters are transfigured, the pics turned to be more paintings from a Renaissance grain Intriguing... Aneta Bartos for Minden Chan...

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Art Burns Fashion
I met Giles Deacon when I was assisting in the backstage at Pitti Uomo's special event. I was surprised by this sporty casual looking guy who did this exaggerate prints and pop culture; it looked a bit "old style" fashion to me, I must admit. And even if I really would love to have the talent to wear hats, though they fit me often well, I really was confused by the huge and mixed use Giles was doing of them on each and every runway. And the same I felt, with the excitement of a child that never loved fireworks (for the use that is done with them in Europe generally) but discovers a new side of the whole thing, watching Guo-Qiang's work and its process. China has a long tradition with fireworks which are now use...

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Craig Green’s minimal pilgrims
I've already written about designers' inspirations and how they are sometimes misperceived by people looking at a collection for the first time. But, jokes apart, the inspiration and "mood" parts are one of the most creative and interesting phases of the project for a designer, when the most diverse fields interact in creating an original and unique idea in the designer's mind: movies, music, art, history, science, philosophical concepts......

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GERMINAL ROAUX . Pics that make you real
In some movie I heard saying that : "a photo take your soul", if it were true, the world (especially in a moment when after mobile phone people have a passion for taking pics of everything) we would have countries populated by zombies. GERMINAL ROAUX's diary is spontaneous in the photography approach, daily scenes that freeze happy and contemplative moments, inspirational pics where to find nature, quotes and emotions....

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CAMERA OSCURA . MARKUS PRITZI
Overlays and transparencies are the main theme of these series of photos of the photographer MARKUS PRITZI, pictures that stun for poetry and elegance of the poses and the sophisticated post-production treatment....

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Joel Cooper . Do you believe in Magic paper?
Sometimes I wonder if magic really exist, a lot of qualities and energies are hidden in people's heart and only few of them are lucky enough to develop their skills in the life they're living. Joel Cooper is an origami designer, different shapes materialize through his hands, he's an amazing paper sculptor. I've never imagined in my whole life to see something so gorgeous, he developed during his career several paper masterpieces that leave speechless . He starts to work with common plain paper and then he gives birth to both modular items and human faces. Most of its modular creations could be perfect if used as clothes or accessories details. We could in fact imagine a dress made of a "waterfall" of mod...

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