Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shawn Brackbill Fashion Storytelling

About a week ago I had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with the fashion and portrait photographer, Shawn Brackbill. What a talented guy with a great eye for behind the scenes fashion storytelling. I love the way that Shawn delves into the texture of innovative style by highlighting the part to whole atmospheric relationships. Really beautiful work from a killer vantage point. Stay tuned on what our art/fashion meet up generated.

*all images courtesy of Shawn Brackbill

Monday, May 30, 2011

RARA Ballpoint 'Scribble' Collection

"A luxury label that scorns seasons, trends and every other typical fashion convention, the quintessentially modern brand is effortlessly breaking boundaries for a new era of genuine value and individualism. Founded by Kari Landen and Karin Petersson, the  brand forgoes the typical season cycle in favor of timeless designs that will never go out of style."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Farm Girl Redux

image via Italian Vogue & Take Our Sweet Time

Off to the country this morning to check on the new baby lambs, attend my mother's spinning meeting this evening, and nap in the fresh green grass. Wishing you a beautiful weekend, on and off grid.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fashioning Self: Ceramic Jewelry Expressions

Handcrafted porcelain and woven linen 'Rococo' necklace by Evert Nijland

Porcelain crafted No. 4 Brooch (2007) by Rian de Jong
The Dowry (2008) crafted out of 'porcelain dishwear' by Marie Pendariès

A Bit of Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewelry

on view through September 4, 2011

(images courtesy of the artists and Art Aurea)

Dream Collective Pyrite Ring by Kathryn Bentley

"Kathryn Bentley's new line of high-end costume jewelry sends us back in time to a more primitive era. Like ancient relics from a prehistoric age, Bentley's pieces are wrought from rudimentary elements such as oxidized brass and bone, wood, and antique African beads. With references to indigenous cultures and primordial forms, the Dream Collective line combines roughly hewn shapes and raw textures with natural, subdued tones for a primal, earthy delicacy. All Dream Collective pieces are handmade with integrity in the United States." - Beklina

Monday, May 23, 2011

EcoChic Design Award Takes Flight in Hong Kong

Johanna Ho reconstructed knit top and vintage gown + Melissa Shoes

Recycled trouser dress by Milch, Pauline Yau headpiece + Melissa Shoes

Orsolo De Castro fitted gown created out of surplus Speedo swimwear

More amazing fashion styling by Holly Suan Gray in conjunction with the Redress on the Runway: EcoChic Design Awards at the W Hotel Hong Kong on Friday evening, May 20th.

The event's designer guests Dorian Ho, Johanna Ho, 
Cecilia Yau and Andrew Sia

Dress by Janko, Lam Chun Kuk inspired by the life cycle of trees 
and patterns of growth via My Green Lifestyle

"Five months ago, EcoChic Design launched Hong Kong’s first sustainable design competition; on Friday night Janko, Lam Chun Kuk emerged triumphant as  the inaugural winner of the EcoChic Design Award. Over 350 highly influential fashion industry insiders watched as the six grand finalists showcased their five-piece ‘EcoChic’ collections in the EcoChic Design Award Grand Final. These young designers had risen to the challenge of creating stylish looks for a modern city girl, using design techniques that minimize textile waste.  All material used in their collections was reclaimed from factory surplus. Also featured on the runway were minimum waste garments by renowned designers such as Dorian Ho, Cecilia Yau, Lu Lu Cheung, Amit Ayalon, and Oliver Tolentino. Each designer created an eco-couture gown made form recycled or reclaimed textiles. UK labels Ciel and From Somewhere also contributed designs to the sustainable ready-to-wear presentation."  – via EcoChic Design Award's website
*images courtesy of EcoChic Design Award and Redress

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Garden Inspired Bangles by Liten Blomma

Jessica Lennertz of Liten Blomma has a heart of gold and a designer's story that stems from sweet green fields and delicate rows of organically-tilled wildflowers. Her handcrafted jewelry collection, Liten Blomma ("tiny flowers" in Swedish), preserves light-filled moments of freshly picked flowers or grasses, for adornment on your wrists with these one-of-a-kind bangles.

Plantable, 100% recycled premium papers by ForeverFiances in California

You can read more about the eco-friendly harvesting of Jessica's materials and her studio process in my article, The Wilder Side of Fashioning Self on EcoSalon. One detail that I really admire is Jessica's decision to use seeded, plantable papers for her business cards and printed goods. ForeverFiances in San Diego creates her custom stationary and cards for mailings to customers and collectors.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fashioning Self Gets Wild and Woolly

It has been a wild and woolly few weeks for me with non-stop writing, art/fashion events, and talks related to fashioning self and fiber. I am really looking forward to some quiet time in my studio next week preparing for some upcoming exhibitions and shows.

Until then, I wanted to share this recent article that I wrote for EcoSalon today. 'The Wilder Side of Fashioning Self and the Environment' features some of my favorite artists and designers who work with natural materials and fiber. Have a beautiful weekend, everyone, and thanks for all of the support and inspiration.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Upcoming Felting Workshops with VILTE

Vilte Kazlauskaite collaboration with Josephus Thimister at Paris FW

It was essential for me to feature the amazing Vilte Kazlauskaite in my visual presentation and lecture on 'Fashioning Self and the Environment' at FIT this week. Her Nuno felted clothing crafted out of wild fibers has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. 

Vilte just listed her fall workshop line up on her very inspiring blog. A great way to learn how to make her 'wild fibers kimono coat' featured as a collaboration with designer Josephus Thimister during Paris Fashion Week in February 2011. See the entire Thimister AW 2011 collection on Style.com.

*images courtesy of Vilte 'organic felt fashion and art'

Monday, May 16, 2011

ICFF Textile Highlight: Eskayel Collection

'Madagascar - Bay' repeat pattern textile by Eskayel

(100% linen and 100% organic cotton denim printed with digital ink)
Eskayel digitally printed textile detail
Eskayel installation at ICFF 2011 (photo: Abigail Doan)
Eskayel interior treatment
Dyanast - Galileo basket (100% linen, made in Rhode Island)
*visit Eskayel's website to soak up more

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Color Moves: Art Fashion Simultané by Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay's printed silk satin dress with metallic embroidery 
Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Galliera 
© L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623

One of my favorite art/fashion designs from Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC. "This exhibition focuses on fashion designs from Delaunay's own Atelier Simultané in Paris during the 1920s, as well as textiles designed for the Metz & Co. department store in Amsterdam in the 1930s." The exhibition is on view through June 19, 2011. A must see if you come to town. It is making bold fashion waves.

*image via Dwell

Friday, May 13, 2011

Elemental Design by BH Handmade Jewellry

bh makes jewellry by Bridget Harvey

Salvaged pear wood, painted with non-toxic pigments and polished by hand in the UK. Slow fashion accessorizing of the elemental variety. Shop the shop ~ follow the blog.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Off The Grid: Mini Chain Mail Bag by Heather Heron

There is nothing hotter than a sun-kissed fashion designer who heads off to the desert to do her own photo shoot for a rock-solid collection called, Off The Grid. Heather Heron's latest bags and clutches were all designed in a solar-powered glass house that is 'off the grid' and sustainably modern.

keepsake inspiration crafted in the raw by HH
(includes a removable strap to convert to a mini clutch)

The HH bag pictured above is made from botanically dyed hemp, chain mail, and lush leathers. The designer's inspiration for this latest collection's shoot? Sensations and memories that are "raw, grounded, and sexy ala 70's polaroids like my favorite photos of my mother from back in the day."

*for more inspiration read HH's journal and all the great press of recent

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Proud Mary's Latest Textile Collection On View Tonight

(images courtesy of Proud Mary)

Proud Mary's latest Guatelmalan textile collection will be on view at the Beautiful Future: Sustainable Fashion Pop Up at Guilded on the Bowery this evening. Stay tuned for more photos from the event and the scoop on textile goodness of a fair trade variety.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Immrama Spring 2011 Collection by Erin Considine

Natural plant dyed fibers and metal detailing by designer Erin Considine

It was such a tremendous pleasure to share a worktable with designer Erin Considine at the Textile Arts Center's 'Good Work' May Day celebration this past Sunday. Erin's handcrafted jewelry designs meld her knowledge of natural plant dyes, fiber crafting, and metal working in the creation of these gorgeous, one-of-a-kind accessories.

I will post a report on Sunday's event on my artist blog tomorrow, but for now, you can enjoy the exquisite images and poetry of Erin's Immrama Spring 2011 collection on her designer website.

*photos by George Barberis