Friday, July 25, 2014

Long-worn clothes become part of our identity. The preservation is not in the physical garment but in the wearing and becoming part of us. Because in the wearing, comes the fading and decay. Textures evolve; they become bonded, they fray. Colour fades, the spectrum seems to narrow in on a dirty medium. Ximon Lee was inspired by the dress of Russian street children for his Parson's graduation collection, creating the proportional and textural juxtapositions of found and worn remnants.

I particularly liked his use of monochromatic layering of indigo, adding depth and shadow to the sandwich board shapes, whilst allowing the textures of the seemingly scavenged fabric to be revealed. 

This shadow play is also found in the Japanese resist dyeing technique Katazome of using rice flour paste and stencils to create layered textiles. Well worth further research here or here or here.

Naito Hideharu | Katazome dyeing on linen
Ola Rudnicka by Richard Bush | Numero #152 April 2014
d-Arkroom | Centuplum, Was ist Metaphysik?, via behance
Michael Chase | area of interest, 13 May 2012
Michael Chase | area of interest, 22 May 2012
Michael Chase | area of interest, 1 May 2012
Nicholas Hawker | Observations, published 16 July 2014


Friday, July 11, 2014

Moss cushions its surrounds, providing a sense of calm and age. For this reason its use is encouraged  in Japanese gardens. We interact increasingly with the hard surfaces of technology so it's no wonder that we seek stillness and softness, wrapping ourselves in brushed knits, blurring silhouette lines.

Andreea Diaconu by Josh Olins | Isabel Marant Pre-Fall 2014 Lookbook 
Photo of Tree Bark | Google Images, origignal source unknown
Michael Chase | Area of Interest,14 jun 2012
Jean Campbell by Bruce Weber | Meet Me in Montauk, UK Vogue, October 2013
Jonathon Levitt | Grass
Michel Belleua | Verticalite

Lena Koller | Photo of vegetables

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