Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Andrea Mandrescu has been exploring raised textiles that are almost like tribal scarification. Inspired by skin her fabrics are like an extra layer of skin worn as garments or glued on as jewelry.
“Inlaid Fantasies” came about mainly from reinventing marquetry and inlay crafts, but my idea, before hence, was to create an “inlaid skin”, “inlaid body”. This idea had an impact in the kind of materials that I used, different kinds of rubber, that some, like silicone can easily mimic the real skin."
"Another project of mine entitled “Tattoografts”, was a conceptual three dimensional skin graft tattoo that can be overlaid onto the skin." Andreea Mandrescu
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Monday, 28 April 2014
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Kirsty Frew's collection from The ECA Graduate Fashion Show had sea anemone like structures and reminded me of coral beds at night with its wonderful intricate and delicate use of fabrics and adornment.
Friday, 25 April 2014
This collection was designed by Alice Firman, Auguste Greiciute, Holly Lord, Lyndsay Welch, Alex Irons-Young and was displayed as part of the ECA fashion show 2014.
I liked the bold colours and geometry as well as the interplay of different fabrics and the use of pleats in this collection. It reminded me of the work of Russian designer Lyubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova.
Thursday, 24 April 2014
The costume students collaborated with Dance students for Edinburgh College and devised performance pieces. The costumes pictured are by Holly Prescott and Jenni Thomson.
It was great to see the wonderful costumes that had been designed come to life with such creative expression a wonderful example of how collaboration between different areas of study can be really enhancing to a project.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Monday, 21 April 2014
Yesterday I attended with my daughter a workshop by the fantastic Orton sisters Katie, Sophie and Anna, who make up 'Ortonandon'. The workshop was the closing event at an exhibition called 'Dance like nobody’s watching or Dance like you’re not dancing' at the Gallery/ studio space Rhubaba in Edinburgh.It is amazing how a simple garment such as tights can be so transformative not only in the way you look, but how you move and think.
In sharing tights to create a new entity, the collaboration, choreography and symbiosis of ideas is crucial. As you can see from the photographs it is 'serious' fun and the possibilities this simple idea has, for performance, costume and dance are infinite.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
Ban Xiao Xue's work has wonderful texture and form inspired by nature and using natural materials such as wool for which he was awarded the prestigious International Woolmark Prize. in 2012 he launched his self titled label.
"I became a little nervous when I was awarded the Woolmark Prize, as it means that I will represent China in the global final which brings pressure but also great motivation. My winning design was inspired by my respect for nature. Nature provides all the beauty to us, and I’m just using my eyes to discover them and put them together. Winning the Regional Woolmark Prize makes me even more determined to work as a successful designer, and to create more exceptional designs as a return to the external support I have received from Woolmark, Vogue China and all those who have supported me in this process." Ban Xiao Xue
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Monday, 14 April 2014
Saturday, 12 April 2014
ISLA is a label by Olga Kozina, based in Moscow, Russia. Olga Kozina studied at British Higher School of Art and Design, Fashion Design Course and graduated in 2013 with diploma collection “The Great Utopia”.
This is her collection Embers a beautiful collection inspired by peasant work wear.
Friday, 11 April 2014
Frau Berg was founded by Olga Berg in 2007, the label makes couture bone lace accessories, fashion details and jewelry.
"This is the most time-consuming, the most ancient way of handmade, which originated in Russia in the twelfth century. This is a living tradition that has great potential and the ability to upgrade. Once I wanted to rethink the world and create a new reality.Owning basis Crafts, I started subtly incorporate this tradition in modern art design. Particular attention is paid to the study of ornament, as it is an important spiritual - material sign. Ornamental art is very plastic and can easily be transformed, and the form of decor can exist as an independent work. All this set of knowledge, skills and experiments gave me a certain sense of readiness to establish a full-fledged independent designer brand. -" Olga Berg