10th March 2014
I have been referring to BrookandLyn in lots of reports for clients recently so thought I should share them on my blog too as they are so beautiful and inspiring.
A creative husband and wife team, they produce original textiles, furniture and art that explores their vision of beauty and simplicity. Their current obsession is with hand made one off woven fabrics which are engagingly beautiful and simple.
3rd March 2014
Creating and designing beautiful alchemic table surfaces, Elisa Strozyk is playing with the transformations that happen during firing in the kiln to create unique smoke like liquid patterns.
Each tables glaze pools and mixes together when rotated and blown with air which are then captured as if frozen in time.
These beautiful tables are a design departure for Elisa who has become known for her wooden textile rugs and furniture.
3rd March 2014
3D printing has been the holy grail of the fashion and textile industry for a while since the first 3d printed fabric from Freedom Of Creation.
Designers have played with the possibilities with various incarnations from the likes of Laura Martinez, Chloe McCormick and Iris van Herpen, but until now no one has seemed to seamlessly blend actual textiles and 3D print for ready to wear.
For their latest collection Pringle of Scotland collaborated with material scientist Richard Beckett to create beautiful 3D printed hybrids using selective laser sintering (SLS).
Utilising 3D printed pieces more as decorative trims embellishing the fabrics, printed pieces were hand woven into the knitwear or stitched on top of the wool enabling them to still be fluid and truly wearable and embrace a delicate digital aesthetic.
28th February 2014
One of my favourite designers from last years RCA fashion was Xiao Li and it is fantastic to see her debut during LFW was so well executed - evolving her techniques and silhouettes.
The foamy exaggerated puffy, almost ice cream forms have evolved into more recognisable iconic forms taking inspiration from denim and also perhaps a little bit of inspiration from the techniques employed by Hannah Williams.
The colours are refreshingly not winter and the materiality is exquisite and she is certainly one to continue watch.
The Unseen by Lauren Bowker
25th February 2014
With the word 'wearables' on the technologists lips many fashion designers are moving gently into the space between fashion and tech.
Rather than adding in unwanted experiences to apparel such as twitter feeds emblazoning dresses, designers are looking to a more sensitive approach to how to add an extra element of sensuality, experience and design.
Interestingly during this round of fashion weeks two projects have both explored the realms of Thermo Reactive colour change inks.
Alexander Wang during NYFW created a buzz with his outfits that started off a dark green but changed to yellow, lime, purple and blue whilst Lauren Bowker for The Unseen during LFW took a more dramatic approach by using fire to color change her leather pieces.
As the heat from the fire touched the material the colours changed exposing green and purple tones.
Using thermo-reactive technology in garments is not in itself new for those who remember the global hypercolour t shirts from the 90's and a more recent foray with the technology from stone Island, but less know is pioneer Kerry Wallace - Textile Futures Alumni who explored motion response sportswear in 2006 investigating wearable displays and responsive apparel using thermochromic and liquid crystal inks via analogue methods.