Tag Archives: fashion

A Collaborative Duo Pokes Fun at Plein Air Painting Through Photographic Series 

fabian_08

Duo Hank Schmidt in der Beek and Fabian Schubert have been poking fun at plein air painting with a collaborative project since 2009, a humorous series of photographs shot by Schubert that captures in der Beek with his original paintings. Und im Sommer tu ich malen (which translates roughly to “And in the Summer I do Paint”) follows in der Beek to various locations in Europe where painters such as Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh have been inspired, but instead of painting the breathtaking views, he paints the pattern of his shirt instead. Looking out onto majestic views, in der Beek proudly stands with paintbrush in hand, vintage looking striped patterns appearing on both his body and the canvas.

The works have appeared in several solo and group exhibitions since the project began, however they are all together for the first time in a book recently published by Edition Taube. (via It’s Nice That)

fabian_14

fabian_04

fabian_05

2up

fabian_12

sommer-1

fabian_03

fabian_13

fabian_07

fabian_11

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Artist Aki Inomata Provides Bagworms with Snippets of High Fashion to Create Matching Cocoons 

aki-1

Commenting on female consumer culture in Japan, artist Aki Inomata decided to dress female bagworms in extravagant attire, handing clippings of women’s dresses to the insects in order to transform them into protective cases. In nature, male bagworms shed these cases when they become moths. Females however, remain in these cases their entire lives, waiting patiently for the attention of a male. Reminded of the similarities to her own gender performance in Japan, Inomata exhibited her work with female bagworms at a department store that sells women’s clothing, her own commentary on what lengths women must still go to in order to be aesthetically accepted by society.

This is not the only time Inomata has worked with bugs or animals to alter their interpretation of the world. From 2009-2016 she crafted shells for hermit crabs based on differently global cities, and in 2009 she took French lessons with a parakeet. Inomata is represented by Maho Kubota Gallery in Tokyo and you can see more of her work on her website.

aki-2

aki-3

aki-4

aki-5

aki-6

aki-7

aki-8

aki-9

See related posts on Colossal about , , .

New Wearable Textile Sculptures by Artist Mariko Kusumoto 

kusumotom_necklace_drops

Courtesy of Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Artist Mariko Kusumoto (previously) continues to amaze us with her ability to turn textiles into delicate orbs that can be worn as necklaces, brooches, and rings. While the artworks are often inspired by patterns or shapes found in nature, the pieces are left intentionally ambiguous as a way to engage the imagination. She shares in her artist statement:

My work reflects various, observable phenomena that stimulate my mind and senses; they can be natural or man-made. I ‘reorganize’ them into a new presentation that can be described as surreal, amusing, graceful, or unexpected. A playful, happy atmosphere pervades my work. I always like to leave some space for the viewer’s imagination; I hope the viewer experiences discovery, surprise, and wonder through my work.

Most of the pieces scene here are constructed with delicate polyester fabrics, a material that is both flexible in its application and extremely durable, allowing for her lightweight designs. You can see more of Kusumoto’s fiber explorations and metalwork at Mobilia Gallery and on her website.

kusumotom_brooch_bluemulti

Courtesy of Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

kusumotom_brooch_seascape-detail

Courtesy of Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

kusumotom_brooch_seascape

Courtesy of Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

mariko-2

mariko-3

mariko-4

mariko-5

mariko-6

mariko

mariko-7

mariko-8

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Paint Splotch Embroidery by Olya Glagoleva and Lisa Smirnova 

Olya_04

While working in the studio, paint is bound to drip, splatter, and brush up against an artist’s clothes, transforming a studio uniform into a chaotic collection of attractive mishaps. Designer Olya Glagoleva in collaboration with Russian artist Lisa Smirnova (previously) captured this look with an elegantly designed twist. All of the clothing included in their collection is embroidered in the style of Smirnova, with the markings of accidental paint drips and doodles adorning each of the jumpsuits, dresses, and smock-like blouses. The pieces are all one-of-a-kind, transforming the clothing into unique artworks that have taken nearly 100 hours to make. You can see more of Glagoleva’s designs with her line GO on her Instagram @go_with_olya, and more of Smirnova’s embroidery and illustrations on her own @lisa_smirnova. See more from this collection on Behance.

Olya_03

emb-3

Olya_05

emb-2

Olya_02

emb-1

emb-4

See related posts on Colossal about , , .

Outfits Sourced From German Public Transportation Fabric by Menja Stevenson 

MenjaStevenson_01

“Bustour S (Stuttgart public bus)” (2006), all images © Menja Stevenson

Like most that read this article, German artist Menja Stevenson has had her fair share of rides in city buses and trains, each of which has forced her (and you) to sit on top of garishly designed uniform seating. The fabric, as investigated by this article on the BBC, is not only made to outlast spills and stains, but also trends, as many of the painfully drab designs can last a decade or more.

Interested in this accident-resistant material, Stevenson began sourcing and creating outfits out of the fabric in 2006 for her project Bustour. The project forced her to persuade German transportation companies to personally ship her the fabric, as they are not commercially available. After finally obtaining the material she designed clothes that aesthetically camouflaged herself within each bus or train interior matching the fabric, capturing the reaction of fellow passengers.

“Wearing them, you sweat like crazy, they feel like a knight’s armor and it’s hard to act naturally,” said Stevenson. “I couldn’t believe that many people didn’t realize the connection seeing me and the seats together. Did they think that it was sheer coincidence? Some curious people at least talked to me, and a very few laughed, but most passengers would look shyly at me and quickly look the other way again.”

You can see archived documentation of these reactions (or lack there of) on Stevenson’s website. If you’re searching for a slightly more practical use for old transportation fabric take a look at the bags and accessories made from airplane seat fabric by Fallen Furniture (previously). (via This Isn’t Happiness)

MenjaStevenson_05

“Bustour M (Münster public bus)” (2015)

MenjaStevenson_06

“Public Pattern / Bustouren” (2006)

MenjaStevenson_02

“Bustour S (Stuttgart Metro)” (2008)

MenjaStevenson_04

“Bustour B (Bielefeld public bus)” (2015)

MenjaStevenson_03

“Bustour RW (Rottweil public bus)” (2010)

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Children’s Drawings Turned into Finely Crafted Jewelry 

jewelry-3

Tasarım Takarım (I Wear Design) is a Turkish jewelry company that converts children’s illustrations into finely crafted silver and gold jewelry. The project was first started two years ago by artists Yasemin Erdin Tavukçu and Özgür Karavit, who saw the opportunity to turn a simple doodle into timeless decorative object, not unlike bronzing a child’s baby shoes or capturing their handprints in clay. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and often requires special tools or means of production to faithfully replicate the intricacies of a child’s scribbles. You can follow their work on Instagram and Etsy. (via HuffPo)

jewelry-4

jewelry-1

jewelry-2

jewelry-5

jewelry-6

jewelry-7

jewelry-8

jewelry-9

jewelry-10

See related posts on Colossal about , , , , .

Page 1 of 101234...»