Saturday 10 December 2016

Christian Heikoop

Christian Heikoop creates inspirational work by blending the borders between the design specialisations of Graphics, Product, Interior and Fashion creating great soft silhouettes and almost non-human alien forms in his blurring of shape.

Thursday 8 December 2016

Muriel Nisse

French artist Muriel Nisse makes incredible masks and headdresses using lace, wool and often the models own hair amongst many other materials that can be extremely disturbing or exquisitely beautiful.

Monday 21 November 2016

Solène Lebon-Couturier I

Solène Lebon-Couturier is a French artist and knitter who has used her knitting for guerilla knitting graffiti, installations, and sculptures. Her knitting is often very graphic and extremely modern. 

Friday 18 November 2016

Andriy Hir

Masks by Andriy Hir, part of the art project “Superstition”. This project is devoted to the research of remains of ancient mythology and demonology of  Ukrainian Carpathians and their place in the modern world.

Thursday 17 November 2016

Neringa Ivanauskaite

Neringa Ivanauskaite's response to the brief Politics to Polka Dot in the 1970's.
I decided to do my project about Lithuania in the 1970's and my main inspiration was people not having the freedom of speech. The letters on the front of the cape spell Free Speech and the crocheted lips pattern is created by Lanukas . Even though my inspiration was the political situation of the 1970's in my home country, I think sadly it is still relevant today in some other parts of the world.

Monday 7 November 2016

Athena Ross-Michaelides

This is from Athena Ross-Michaelides's Degree show 'Unfunctional Objectification', at Glasgow School of Art this summer with Latex torso's, a shedded skin of privacy, exposed.

Saturday 5 November 2016

Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson is a recent graduate of Glasgow School of Art. In this project 'Senceless' she combines photography and costume to create mythologies using 'disposable' mass manufactured products such as plastic forks.
"I was looking at urban legends and hoaxes such as Bigfoot and people’s obsessive fascination of these elusive beasts. What interested me most was that many seemed to be based on existing mythologies and the fact that many of these creatures, seemed to be trapped between two worlds. Bigfoot being the prime example is not quite human or animal so wanders on the fringe of both, not really belonging to either. From these findings I began to create modern day mythological narratives in which I explore themes associated with the dislocation of our senses. It is centred on constructed “yeti-like” creatures made up of either disposable manmade plastic forks, earplugs, vinyl gloves, car air fresheners or compact mirrors, each representing one of the senses. These creatures have been consumed by these modern, materialistic items and as such can no longer sense anything at all. Neither human nor animal, they wander between worlds fitting in nowhere, yearning to be part of a world they no longer belong to, and becoming a creature of myth." Laura Thompson

Monday 24 October 2016

Slow Factory

 Slow Factory was set up by Céline Semann Vernon,

"Fashion activism is using fashion as a tool to create social change. I feel like fashion plus human rights equals fashion activism. What we are seeing right now is a lot of people trying to find new ways to create and produce in ways that don’t hurt the planet, ways that contribute to a bigger cause. I think some designers are more conscious and responsible in wanting to create a social impact."  Céline Semann Vernon

Are We There Yet? from Slow Factory on Vimeo.

Thursday 13 October 2016

Gino Anthonisse

Gino Anthonisse's inspiration  has to be something that shocks and astonishes him; "my most recent collection was partly inspired by a book called 'Codex Seraphinianus' by Luigi Serafini. It is an encyclopedia about an imaginary and surreal world with very strange illustrations . . . 

and an invented language the author created himself. It is considered one of the most peculiar books and has generated debates about its meaning. This is what inspired me, the curiosity in human kind to discover the mysterious, the magical and the occult. My designs represent that part of the consciousness, the surreal." Gino Anthonisse

Gino's designs appealed to me as they reminded me of legacy folk traditions whose meanings as often lost in time and so they are surreal events stepping forward through history macabre and startling. They also have echoes of Nick Caves sound suits, I look forward to Gino's career blossoming,  he is an extremely exciting designer.

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Rich Mnisi

Rich Mnisi is a South African label founded by Rich the graduate winner of the Africa Fashion International Young Designer of the Year 2014. Combining modern pop culture with Africa's rich heritage this label combines minimalism with craftsmanship and design, here is a selection from his Summer 2017 lookbook.

Friday 30 September 2016

Justyna Matysiak

Joy today at discovering outsider fashion illustration by Polish artist Justyna Matysiak, they bring great humanity  and joy to the world of high fashion, rendered complete with accessories in felt, glitter or gel pens. Justyna's work is held in many collections internationally and 2007, she was awarded the Grand Prix Insite by the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. Thank you, Tui Sankamol.

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Wednesday 20 July 2016

In an initiative to bring some sense of identity and self worth to young people who are hospitalised, Krista Raspor inspired this project and with creative partner Lia MacLeod and with designers backed by Rethink and Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada launched this wonderful project.  The project was developed by designers: Izzy Camilleri, Sarah Boyce Sargent, Raegan Hall, Rebecca Nixon, India Amara and Casey Von Esteban. Through their work these designers have brought joy to the patients who now feel more empowered and more like themselves.
“I had insight into what it’s like being there, especially as a teen, when you’re trying to express yourself and be yourself and you don’t have access or the ability to do that when you’re in the hospital,” Krista Raspor