Ashe Recycled Kimono Tops
30 Mar 2010
Just Arrived – Recycled Kimono Apron Tops at Ashe. These beautiful limited edition apron tops have just been finished and are seen here hanging in the Ashe studio. Using our recycled off cuts from vintage Kimonos and printed linens and silks – each Apron top is uniquely individual and as a result they always sell out fast…so be quick!
28 Mar 2010
Custo Barcelona is a designer based in Spain, pretty much world-renowned for their zany over the top print from head to toe look. Regularly showing at New York, London and Paris Fashion Weeks – this company is serious big business! I actually love their old school style from years ago more so than what they are doing now…but its always worth checking out their site if you want some print inspiration! Go to: www.custo-barcelono.com
Ink & Spindle – from B&M Store
26 Mar 2010
Australian based company Ink & Spindle hand print all their products – so of course we love love love it. Available at Ashe through B&M Store – come and check out their cushions and craft kits soon!….
Print in Design NOW – Vintage/retro
16 Mar 2010
Vintage no longer seems to mean that you found it in a recycling boutique and had to get your nan to take it in for you. Vintage and retro is a new genre in textile and fashion design and I love it! All those beautiful textile designs from the 50’s and 60’s and the dresses our grandmothers wore are being re-interpreted for today. Of course – we still love our op shop finds – so keep hunting girls!
This picture here is from a Burberry Prorsum range.
Leon Bakst & The Ballet Russes
14 Mar 2010
Russian painter and costume designer Leon Bakst has a special place in the history of Fashion Illustration and Stage design. He is mostly known for the illustrations that accompanied his costume designs for The Ballet Russes (Russian Ballet company 1909 – 1929). I was lucky enough to see an exhibition of the Ballet Russes set, costume and poster designs at The Art Gallery of Western Australia way back in 1998 – it was my first year in Perth and the inspirational designs of Bakst spurred me on to chase a career in textiles….
Print in Fashion NOW – Folkloric/fantasy
12 Mar 2010
You have been under a rock if you haven’t noticed the folkloric trends in print over the last couple of years…Images from Fables- elk horns and owls and silhouetted whimsical fairytale creatures have been a massive trend….perhaps at the upper level of this craze – a good example would be Fashion Label Basso & Brooke’s designs which are exclusively digital and finely detailed – often depicting fairytales. The label is an international success and a favourite amongst the new digital textile designers.
Check out their site at: www.bassoandbrooke.com
Print in Design NOW – Floral
11 Mar 2010
Who doesn’t have a floral motif in their wardrobe? Even the most hard core minimalists have probably got one lurking there somewhere…from tiny repeats, to large oversized splashes, to eastern influence, retro, vintage and everything in between. Florals are also now tied to the conservation/green movement and they tend soothe and uplift us – just like nature – so this trend is not going anywhere for a long time! Ashe designs are predominantly floral – with a graphic eastern twist of course!
New Ashe Swing Tags
10 Mar 2010
I love being a surface designer….I get to decorate things! Here is my new Ashe Swing Tags – using my “Alchemy” print design which is the backdrop to lots of my branding…I hope you like it!
Print in Fashion NOW – Abstract / Graphic
09 Mar 2010
Eley Kishimoto is possibly my favourite of the abstract textile designers. Even better – they have an international fashion label to show it off! The label uses a lot of all-over pattern – head to toe – and they are certainly not afraid of colour or crazed abstraction. Abstract and graphic prints are sometimes a bit harder on the eye – especially with the latest craze of kaleidoscopic prints and oversized geometric shapes…Not for the faint hearted – but its still a valid trend right now!
Print in Fashion NOW
05 Mar 2010
I’m so pleased to see that print continues to be a strong force in contemporary fashion trends….and most forecasters say it is here to stay for a while yet! With new technology driving designers to even more magnificent heights of design and with retro style designs consistently rotating back into fashion – the scope for interpretations of textile design do not seem spent. Big themes for print in fashion right now are Abstract/graphic, folkloric/fantasy, vintage/retro and of course the perennial influence of Nature…