Friday, 19 January 2018

Walter Oltmann

Above: Razor wire and wire armour 2007

Above: Caterpillar suit II 2007 and Below: Caterpillar Suit III

South African sculptor Walter Oltmann weaves and stitches incredible forms by using wire like a handicraft medium, constructing amazing suits of armour from 1mm diameter wire.
Walter studied fine art at the University of Natal, his art works focused originally on the flora and fauna of the area. A growing interest in crystalis, silverfish and insects lead to the creation of some amazing armoured forms, metallic exoskeletons which combined with research into the regalia of 15th century explorers and conquistadors explored the impact of colonisation of South Africa.

“My Caterpillar [and Metamorphosis] Suits explore a hybrid crossing-over between insect and human. They look like empty shells that remain behind following larval molting processes. At the time of weaving the suits I was also interested in looking at the elaborate suits worn by the first Europeans who arrived on African shores. A key influence on my caterpillar suits was a Benin carved ivory salt cellar which represents the foreigner in a conquistador-like garment, giving it an air of masculine power and authority. The African carver’s interpretation of the foreign European represents an inversion of the relations of power which characterizes the representations of ‘exotic’ people by colonial artists, and I liked this ironic inversion of the depiction of the exotic ‘other’ where the gaze is reverted back onto the European explorer as something foreign and alien.” Walter Oltmann

Thank you Robyn Gordon

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Sunday, 3 December 2017

JiJing Lai






Taiwanese artist JiJing Lai's series of weavings, called 'Little Forest', where JiJing has poetically incorporated seeds and grasses into her weavings.

"Little Forest"
To those who are accustomed to the hustle and bustle of a big city, urban living seems to be a full, colored schedule book. Even though everyday is a new day and sacrifices must be paid for life, one cannot help but fight for a change from time to time. Imagine a day, one walks into the woods embracing a moment of peace, sits in silence doing nothing, and enjoys the day undisturbed. Pure pleasure.
Over the past few years I was able to go into the nature and see the mountains during my travels. Mountains are surrounded by trees and bushes. Whenever I was in the mountain, I felt I was part of the surroundings, returning into the original, primitive state of mind. Without the hustle and bustle of the city, a symphony of chirping birds and humming insects and the crispness of the air constitutes the wonderfulness of this little forest.
Dried natural plants are the focal point in the series of “Little Forest.” I weaved those dried leaves and sticks into my works in an attempt to maintain their original appearance as much as possible. Through these works, I’m hoping to bring everyone back to the wonderful moments that I had enjoyed in the forests.
JiJIng Lai
Thank you Dom 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Jules Henderikus ten Velde


Jules Henderikus ten Velde's collection 'Natures Bride" This young designer has innovative ways of incorporating unusual materials and approaches. Jules graduated from the Amsterdam Institute of Fashion this summer.
"The collection tells the story of a young woman who escapes the modern world and harsh city life, and flees to the countryside. When she arrives she falls in love with the beauty and innocence of nature. Be charmed by the landscapes surrounding her she decides to devote herself completely to nature. The concept of Jules Henderikus ten Velde's graduation collection symbolizes his position as a fashion designer. His desire is to change the conditions of the current fashion system into a more couture-driven and animal-friendly way. Man-made materials like lurex and plexiglass are used by slowly processing these into natural materials such as raffia, palm-leaves and naturally dyed cottons." 


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Damini Deshwal



"I read a question on Quora, a boy asking the world if it would be okay for him to wear a saree. Afraid if the world would judge him, he continued describing his "imperfect" features: dark skin, spots on face, skinny silhouette, creating a not so  "masculine" body. The simple question gave birth to this project's idea of making garments that would celebrate a man's body the way it is, a human's body the way it is, the acceptance of the inner soul that does not have a gender at all, the curiosities that have no border." Damini Deshwal 
These are silk, linen and jute garments created as gender neutral clothing. It was important to Damini that the fabrics were all natural and that all synthetic man made constituents were removed, like the man made constraints and type casting of gender. Damini is studying Fashion Design at the Pearl Academy of Fashion in Delhi.





Sunday, 19 November 2017

Francesco Marzetti


Francesco Marzetti is a genius, an inventor, and creative force, here he is with his glove coat and miniature horse made from old welding gloves.

Friday, 17 November 2017

ADiciannoeventitre




Spring summer 2017 slow fashion from the skilled artisans of Italy with women's clothing from  ADiciannoeventitre marrying beautiful linen womenswear with the incredible cobbler skills of Simone Cecchetto.