Thursday, 15 August 2013

shiny squirrel's artsy garden

Jessica Goldfond, the mastermind behind Brooklyn based
PR company and showroom ”Shiny Squirrel” that specializes
in emerging artists and designers giving them assistance in
all parts of business from branding to sales, teamed up
with photographer Gregory Aune, fashion editor and stylist
Heather Breen and illustrator Samantha Hahn 
to realize the firm's amazing lookbook.

Jessica, an art history major in college, started Shiny Squirrel
to provide an online platform for up-and-coming designers
following the namesake blog she established in 2006 (its
'Love this Look' page is one of my daily reads ever since

 day one), building up a fancy gallery featuring exclusive
limited edition and one of a kind artworks while the Elizabeth
street's boutique offers a wide range of artsy pieces,
 mainly jewelry, in pure, rock-bottom indie design.

Gorgeous images with a gripping vintage feel: Samantha 
incorporated her illustrations of birds and flowers into Aune's
moody pictures that look like they were taken over a century
thanks to tiny stains and a bit of grain that skillfully accentuate
their subdued stylishness. The squirrel isn't too shiny here
yet its lush garden is a real casket of wonders: designer
clothes, fine jewelry and accessories as well as unique
hand-crafted pieces. Let's squirrel away some money
 to welcome the never-ending temptation!

> all images © by Gregory Aune, styled by Heather Breen <

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

post human speed

True to her distinctive couture-inspired approach, gifted
Danish illustrator and designer Anne Sofie Madsen
reinforces the unearthed Barbie dolls of her previous s/s
collection (here) through more structured yet playful outfits
making use both of traditional handcraft and couture techniques.

Madsen came to showcase her almost black & white s/s 2014
collection, called 'Post Human Speed' which is all played through
contrasts and materials, at Copenhagen fashion week revealing
unforeseen boxy leather jackets that look suitable for cross-country
racing paired with bold print patterns and metal accessories.
Madsen's signature dresses once again feature digital prints
made from her own handmade illustrations in a clever mix
of proportions, cuts and materials. Oversized arms, built-up
collars and fastening cords generate armor-like clothes with
references to the female warriors of Japanese manga while
leather is embossed or experimentally applied to a fine mesh
base.The budding talent who caught the eye of 
John Galliano and Alexander McQueen is briskly 
becoming a fully fledged designer.
> all images © by <

Friday, 9 August 2013

the garden of good and evil

Are good and evil inseparable aspects of life or is goodness
something chosen? Though, acceptance of evil doesn't make
evil good. Maybe it's not as clear-cut as that but for sure the lack 
of one makes the other meaningless yet I do believe most people
are essentially good as you and me but as far as I know,
animals are undoubtedly incapable of doing evil.

The vibrant works of Romanian freelance illustrator 'Aitch',
as pronouncing 'H' being Heliana her real name, are
populated by uncanny beasts and creatures looking cute
and tamed. Aitch started drawing weird chubby fantastic
creatures while she was studying at the University of Art
& Design in Timişoara, ”as a sort of subversive reaction to
the academical ways of treating human anatomy”.

”My artistic work ranges from pink, cute, elegant to sometimes
creepy, semi-religious, bizarre characters, mixed in surrealistic
she declares. Bearing the seemingly childish, archetypical
naive style, Aitch's bold, colorful artworks are crowded with lush
foliage, flowers, birds, snakes, wolves and foxes ”all evoking 
fantastical scenes of splendor and malice” as she writes
introducing them on the net. I dare say that most of them
look like oil paintings more than watercolors and they all have
the power to call to mind both southeastern European 
as well as Mexican symbolic allegories.

Inspired by naturalistic illustration, pattern design and Naive
Art as well as by Balkan folklore, Aitch creates watercolor 
illustrations on paper often cutting characters and animals
out of wood to combine them into intricate designs echoing
the works of Marc Chagall and Henri Rousseau le Douanier.

”The Garden of Good and Evil' is an ongoing process that
draws its essence from mundane experiences filtered through
an allegorical point of view”
the artist declares presenting her
latest series of artworks that are on display this summer in
an exhibition together with her partner, painter and muralist 
Raul Saddo, that will tour Austria and Germany after 
shows in Portugal and Canada.

They had many occasions to work and show together,
debuting at Neurotitan Gallery in Berlin, working for McCann 
Erickson Romania and they also tried to develop their 
organizational and curatorial skills by creating Vatra Collective,
an artist-run space/studio/shop with fellow artists.
Aitch loves to alternate drawing with making things, she
creates artsy objects, urban toys and clothes or even clay
works; her urge to fabricate things is boundless and I bet
she'll be quite busy this summer sharing her art, meeting
new artists and friends while investigating the 
eternal struggle of good and evil.

> all artworks © by Aitch via Behance <

Thursday, 8 August 2013

peace will find a way

image credit: Hani Mohammed/AP
To mark the first day of Shawwal, celebrate Eid al Fitr and
the end of the Holy fasting month of Ramadan, I'd like to share
the stunning portrait of a beautiful Yemeni girl wearing traditional
costume and beaded jewelry. Superbly timeless, Yemeni silver
jewelry evokes the style and workmanship of the ancient
kingdom of Saba: in truth, the picture was taken exactly one
month ago by renowned photographer Hani Mohammed in the
old city of Sanaa during a festival for children welcoming the
beginning of Ramadan. Hani documents Mideast daily life and
troubles through vigorous images published worldwide by leading
newspapers and agencies. In hopes that peace, like beauty,
will find its way throughout the region, Eid Mubarak!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

voyage dans la lune

Stine Goya is the Danish multi-awarded designer who founded
her eponymous label in Copenhagen soon making a name for
herself thanks to distinctive sculpturally shaped pieces and
sumptuous prints. Since 2005, when she graduated from
London's hotbed of talent, Central St. Martins College of Arts
& Design, with a degree in fashion and print, Stine has been
creating garments and accessories skillfully combining special
features and details always introducing her seasonal 
collections by setting an accurate mood.

Goya came to show off the label's latest fall-winter 2013-14
collection at Copenhagen fashion week: aptly called ”Le Voyage
dans la Lune” being strongly inspired by the well-known silent
movie by legendary French illusionist and filmmaker Georges
Méliès, the collection put on display carefully crafted garments
in a lyrical homage to the pioneering film director's imagination.

Méliès was hailed as the 'Cinemagician' for his innovative technique 
mixing time-lapse images, hand-painted illustrations and multiple 
exposures: at the dawn of cinema, in 1902, he was able 
to devise a peculiar style based on theatricality and visual 
illusion to turn Jules Verne's surreal voyage to the moon into 
the motion-picture era with humorous fairytale 
characters and handmade 'special effects'.

110 years later, Stine subtly evokes the ethereal mood of Méliès'
works through stylish outfits in a gorgeous color palette where
gold plays the leading role paired with black and cold gray,
combined with pastel pink, tangerine and ruby red. The mix of
pale hues, prints of stars, crystals and moon landscapes highlights
Goya's signature style and her knack for creating her own visual
universe. As Méliès transformed reality through cinematography,
Stine Goya turns space suits into fine, poetic pieces.

images 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 © by Stacy Jean
images 3, 5, 6 © by Copenhagen fashion week

Friday, 2 August 2013

the road less traveled

My previous post about Dutch designer Winde Rienstra
whose wood-crafted creations are more complex and
more interesting than it seems at first, ended blazoning
her talent as ”patently winding up the Dutch fashion's
engine on her own” thanks to the core values of her
approach: sustainability, timelessness and 
great attention to details.

Rienstra's latest s/s 2014 collection, called ”The Forgotten
Path”, inspired by abandoned Russian dachas, wooden
country houses with a symbolic poetical lure, (my mind 
suddenly runs back to Dresden-based photographer  
Matthias Haker's decayed beauties) has been recently
showcased at Amsterdam fashion week.

Winde aimed at conveying the sense of serenity of these
forgotten homes with hints to the apparent stiffness of
her refined garments, this time through a childlike
playfulness that calls to mind the feeling of traditional
Russian tales: handcrafted creations mixing natural
and architectural elements, made out of wood and felt
skillfully enriched with golden stud detailings on
shoulders and belts alluding to bygone creatures.

The models, barefoot or wearing gorgeous see-through,
crystal-like platforms with straps of wooden balls, were
all escorted by elegant males holding their hand till the
end of the runway. Winde knows how to take the road less 
traveled to express the uniqueness of her couture-like 
style and its timeless allure.

> all catwalk images © by Team Peter Stigter <