Sunday, April 28, 2013

INSPIRATION: FRED PERRY 60TH ANNIVERSARY POLO SHIRTS








As part of their 60th Anniversary this year, British street fashion brand Fred Perry sent out 60 of their plain polo shirts to a list of creatives, celebrities and athletes to customise however they liked. From the simplest to most extravagant customizations, each of the shirts featured on the Fred Perry website is unique. Some contributors really went to a lot of effort to wish the brand a happy birthday. Cult magazine Dazed And Confused gave the shirt fluffy pink sleeves and appliquéed their logo on the front of it, Bradley Wiggins simply signed the front of the shirt with a pen, and Fashion Designer Christopher Raeburn even turned his shirt into a little fat bunny!

It reminds me of last year when I went to an exhibition of all the customized New Era snapbacks that were on show in Dubai, each made by a different creative, with the same idea. Each of the shirts will be auctioned off and all proceeds will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, since Amy was a spokesperson for the company, which I think is a really great idea. I love seeing stuff like this because it really shows off how different and unique people can be, and how creative a person can be with such a simple task. I'd love to give it a go myself! I'm always moaning like 'oh I don't have the right materials I don't have the right equipment I don't have the right ideas blah blah blah' but I mean look at Anton Wirjono! He created one of my favourite designs and he did it using black bin bags! I think it's really cool when people use everyday materials and turn it into something totally amazing like that.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

FOCUS ON: IRINA WERNING










Irina Werning is certainly one of my favourite photographers, but when I try to think what makes her better than others, all I can think of is she just is. Originally from Buenos Aires, Werning studied economics in university, going on to do a masters in History, and eventually a masters in photographic journalism in London. I love hearing things like that, because she obviously gave the whole 'safe and reliable income' thing a go, decided it wasn't for her, and went on to pursue a career that was more risky but must have been more fulfilling. It's encouraging. 

The 'Chini' series of photographs, featuring her pet Chinese Crested aren't conceptual at all, they're just fun! I love that, it's like something I would do 50 years from now when my best friends have four legs and I scare away children who walk past my house. Her photos from Peru are amazing. I have such a thing for hair, I always have since I was a child. I love how these are like portraits of women, seen through their hair, as if that is their face, their hair is their identity.

Irina Werning hasn't come out with any new work in a while now, I hope she's still practising, but I keep a link to her website in my bookmarks and check back every few months, just in case.



INSPIRATION: MARC JOHNS







Marc Johns is just one of those people who has it sorted. He doodles all day every day, and constantly churns out witty, funny and often pretty odd drawings that have become a bit of a cult thing nowadays, with a lot of people getting his drawings tattooed to themselves! His work isn't serious or laboriously thought through, it's just like random thoughts that come into his head and he does a quick drawing in one of the sketchbooks he carries with him at all times. Some of his work though is pretty profound, and it all seems to be done with the intention of making you happy. That's all Marc Johns seems to want to do with his doodles. And it works, with me at least.

I'm going to set myself a goal of carrying a mini sketchbook with me at all times for one full summer.

INSPIRATION: AYLOUL






These drawing by blogger Ayloul are brilliant. I love the simplicity of them, they're kind of rough and sketchy but the graphic line work is really interesting. I like the way the drawings keep to only 2 or three colours and the contrast that it creates, or doesn't. I'm also a sucker for arabic calligraphy.

NOT INSPIRATION BUT STILL AMAZING: A2BC ARCHITECTS - 004 FARMHOUSE








This house designed by A2BC Architects is stunning. All the white minimalism with the exposed cement and grainy woods, and all that light streaming through massive windows, and look at that view! I've love to live in this house on the side of the hillside of Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy.

MY PORTFOLIO: GARY CARD FOR ARJOWIGGINS





Last summer, while interning with set designer Gary Card, we worked on a project for French paper manufacturer Arjowiggins. The brief was to create a set and series of costumes for a photoshoot to be used in an ad campaign for the company. The designs were inspired by potatoes and evolution, as the Arjowiggins products were made from potato starch, and even though it is a difficult theme to base a creative project on, Gary was able to come up with this incredible result. 

My job was to design the pattern that would be laser-cut onto sheets of Arjowiggins paper. I began by sketching, then developed them with Gary until I had a design he was happy with. I then cut out the designs on A3 sheets, each taking about a day, before the final was decided and sent off to the laser-cutters. I also worked on the white prisms and the geometric wing panels in the second photo. I'm amazed at the result, it's incredible what can be done with paper.

Click here to see the project featured on one of my favourite art blogs 'It's Nice That' and a video about the project. Watch out for me at 1:10 working in the studio!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

INSPIRATION: SARA CWYNAR







Sara Cwynar's colour compositions are simple, there's no deep-and-meaningful concept behind them, but visually I find them so interesting. They're like still lives, it's almost like painting with objects. They remind me of Portia Munson's installations, it makes me want to make one myself, an installation for my flat.

INSPIRATION: YANN STOFER










Yann Stofer is by far the best photographer I've come across in a long time. I love the simplicity of his photos, there's no set up, it's just point and shoot, observing angles and frames that are all around us and  that none of us notice, but really should! The colours are amazing, the lighting and the composition. This is the kind of thing that looks so easy and I'm always trying to do, but it's only someone as talented as Stofer who can take that shot that makes me go 'woah'.