29 Oct 2009
Klaus Haapaniemi is a Scandinavian artist with a truly unique and imaginative design style. This image comes from his book “Monsters” which is a fully illustrated artist’s book filled to the brim with his delightful drawings and paintings. I particularly like his style because he uses pattern and repetition a lot in his work. His work has been commissioned by international fashion houses, magazines and product design companies. I think the best way to describle his work is “wild beauty”.
His book is published by Gingko Press – I got my copy from Outre Gallery in Melbourne.
Check it out!
27 Oct 2009
Decorative Textile Design of the post-war years and following the Great depression are especially interesting to me. All of a sudden the world wanted colour, exuberance and a tropical flavour which promised good times to come. Lush flowering plants prevailed in many companies designs and Palm Fronds, Birds and tropical foliage were extremely popular. Printed onto heavy bark cloths and linens, the fabrics were used extensively for outdoor settings and upholstery for that dreamy armchair in the corner of the garden. I collect samples of patio prints and I promise I will post some more for you soon!
Fashion Talks at Fremantle Arts Centre
26 Oct 2009
Its not very often a designer gets to sit and listen to Akira Isagowa talk about his work and business…
Don’t miss out!
It’s all in the details…
23 Oct 2009
This is a tiny section from one of my recent 2 colour way prints “Fortune Tree”. If you click to enlarge the image hopefully you can see the delicate structure and texture of the fabric and the graphic build up of ink in some places to create a third shade of yellow. It is these tiny little details which make ashe garments such treasures. I used this fabric in my “Paradise” Dress for this season.
Ashe Stencil Collection
21 Oct 2009
I have lost count of how many stencils I have hand drawn, put onto silk screen and printed and then filed away in my map drawers. I have definetly over 200…maybe nearly 300. The favourites like “Cherry Blossom” and “Arabesque” seem to never leave a silk screen – they just keep remaining favourites for all my customers. I’m looking forward to a time in my life when I can collate and display them properly and publish a book to go alongside. Watch this space!
19 Oct 2009
I am frequently asked what it is I do all day when I’m not in my store. Well I spend a lot of time scheming. I scheme ideas and plans for clothing production, I do lots of sketches for ideas for new styles which I then go over with my pattern maker, I draw new print designs and I print a lot. In fact I spend a lot of time in my studio mixing inks and messing about with colour and composition. The garment is like the blank canvas and I survey all my current silk screens (I have about 40 different designs on silk screen at any one time) and I begin to play. It sounds all rather romantic – but it’s actually quite labourious and gruelling! Screen printing by hand is like a dying art. Everyone is turning to digital…but being the luddite I am – I will continue hand printing for as long as I can!
Warwick Fabrics “Burlesque” range
17 Oct 2009
As a lover of textiles, I’m always looking at other new ranges and particularly interior fabrics lately have really caught my eye. The new Warwick range “Burlesque” resonates so well with my head space at the moment. Reflective surfaces, vintage curves, baroque style print design…black and white. Don’t you just love it! Very inspirational…I’m off to do some drawing….
15 Oct 2009
Green is my favourite colour. It was also Frida Kahlo’s favourite colour (along with red – she called them the colours of life…the colours of Mexico…) I love green because it represents nature, growth, renewal, vibrancy, the forest and ocean. It’s uplifting and calming at the same time. I’ve decided to paint my front door green…a soft jade green. I have a very large section of green dresses in my shop and lucky for me – many other people share my passion with green and buy them! If you need some serious colour inspiration, grab yourself a copy of Shannon Fricke’s “Sense of Style COLOUR”. The image here if from her beautiful book which is full of luscious images of vibrant colour and how to use it in your home…check it out!
Just Cavalli Catwalk in Milan
14 Oct 2009
Hmmmn, I love these designs by Cavalli. Ruching and ruffles, braided cord, metallic graphic prints, pleats and an almost crazy mish-mash of faded denim and silk….This was shown at Milan Fashion Week and I found it in Moda Magazine…You can click on the image to enlarge…
14 Oct 2009
Tropical foliage seems to pop up in my art all the time. It’s so insanely robust and beautiful – with the most surprising growths and contusions…Recently in Java I photographed some amazing specimens. This one I’ve added here is being worked into a painting I’m doing at the moment and maybe it will also end up being incorporated into a print design as well. Now that its spring, even with our dry climate here in Perth, everything is flowering and it never ceases to amaze me the range of colour and form – it’s a great inspiration for drawing pattern. Nature always comes up with the best designs!