Fashion Is Art

This space is dedicated to my two passions; fashion and art. Hope you find it visually appealing!

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The Art of Typewriter Sculpture with @jeremymayer

To see more photos and videos of Jeremy’s typewriter sculptures, follow @jeremymayer on Instagram.

Inside his studio in Oakland, California, artist Jeremy Mayer (@jeremymayer) transforms typewriters into majestic mythological beings. His most recent completed commission is a sculpture of the Greek titaness Theia that is over 7 feet tall (2.21 meters) and made entirely of components from 40 different typewriters. “I don’t solder, glue, weld or wire the parts together,” says Jeremy. “I use only screws, nuts, pins and springs to assemble the sculpture in the same manner that the typewriter was held together.”

The painstakingly detailed process to create a full-scale human figure requires more than a year of Jeremy’s time. “I spend countless hours trying to figure out how to put this stuff together,” he says. “Doing an accurate likeness of a person hurts my brain. Hurts so good, though. There’s a lot of trial and error. I’m done when it creeps me out, or if I walk into the studio and the sculpture startles me because it looks like someone is standing there.”

The Creative Process

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The creative process is a very personal thing with unknown roots that if we definition “create” means to bring into existence something that is new, something that did not exist before. Everyone is different there are some like Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, explained it on her TedTalk “Your Elusive Creative Genius” where she explains her process of having to wake up every morning at the same time and sweat and work through it awkwardly while other like the American poet Ruth Stone who will feel the poem coming like thunder and she knew she had to run like hell to grab a piece of paper to write it down as the poem barrel through her.  We can see above Sabela Tobar’s creative process of how she was inspired by the metamorphosis of jellyfish and created an aura of mystery, softness, darkness and elegance.  Her portfolio was superb in clearly showing us her process from the research of the concept to the materials use in the collection to the designs and finally the final pieces.  The viewer get a glimse of her creative process and how she utilize the concept to create the more literal pieces in the collection to the more abstract ones. Her portfolio is a great example of how an idea is developed into something solid, a dancing star in Nietzsche words.image

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In Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s nautical-inspired spring collection for Lacoste, traditional items like rain jackets were outfitted with transparent hood visors and waterproof fabrics. Waterproofs are made by coating natural or synthetic fibers with a polymer like PVC or rubber that can be tuned for breathability. At a molecular level, these materials have a characteristic non-polar surface to prevent water molecules from penetrating the layer. A more advanced version of this can be seen in the GIFs above showing the superhydrophobic surfaces GE researchers are developing. Perhaps soon these surfaces will make their debut on the runway. 

- Chris Ing, freshphotons.com | #iOnFashion, NYFW 2014 | Photo credit © Yannis Vlamos.

Waltzing Lights Show at the Museum of Natural History in New York City

Up and coming designer Sabela Tobar will be showing her graduate collection at the Museum of Natural History in New York City this fashion week.  This show won’t be the usual fashion show as the location will be at the the Creatures of Light Exhibit that matches perfectly with her them on the metamorphosis of jellyfish.  The collection is based on the delicate, soft, transparents appearance of jellyfish but also their mysterious demeanor  and romanticism as they waltz in the deep ocean.  The collection if filled with transparent silk taffetas, brushed furs, and chiffons, and white leather.  This is a must in your fashion week calendar.

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Your elusive creative genius

One of my favorite TedTalks that speaks about how to help creative people with the emotional risk of creativity and how the ancient Greek creating divine entities that live in the artist walls that helped them create their work.

Digital fabric printing is “probably the greatest innovation of 21st-century fashion,” Christina Binkley declared in the Wall Street Journal last month. The “vastly improved digital printing technologies allow designers to innovate while beefing up their brands,” she says.

Now I have always been a huge fan of digital prints, they are a way for designers to create unique and fresh art within their pieces.  I’m glad to see many new upcoming designers embracing this new technology which can be costly but add to the distinct brand every designer hopes to build.  Above we see Sabela Tobar’s graduate collection from 2012 Waltzing Lights.  She use a literal interpretation of her concept, jellyfish, on the jelly-printed bay dress that was made with two layer of silk organza as lining and the jellyfish itself was printed on silk. There is incredible movement she created with the lining and by positioning the jellyfish on the top half with tentacles dangling over the vast darkness of the skirt.  I love how she use the same jellyfish she use in her mood board  sometimes we need to be literal to get the point across and she definitely succeeded in helping us get her concept.

Photos are from http://sabelatobar.blogspot.com

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Pictures, abstract symbols, materials, and colors are among the ingredients with which a designer or engineer works. To design is to discover relationships and to make arrangements and rearrangements among these ingredients. ~Paul Rand

In the collection Waltzing Lights Sabela Tobar use many different components to create her vision.  Her color scheme included greys, purple, and black contrasted by sunny yellows and fuchsia pinks.  When I began looking into the textile she use I was surprised to find that among the list was dyed goat.  The list also included printed silk, silk taffeta, jacquard and white lamb leather.


Photos from http://sabelatobar.blogspot.com