Thedetails are not the details. They make the design.
Charles Eames~Architect&Furniture Designer
WHAT WILL BE REMEMBERED?
Recently I had to move out of a place where I spent a good few years of my life. The time has come and the change was needed. Time to make space for something new. Humans will get used to anything. We often find comfort in strange places and situations. Adaptation is the survival skill. The rescue and the trap.
What makes a place? What’s remembered? Smell, air, texture, light, sometimes sounds. The small details. The Edwardian house I had to move out from in Dublin had some hidden characteristics, original, historical details. Brass door handle, letterbox frame, door press that has not been working for a hundred years! The front door resembles an old tree where history reveals itself. Here it is a symbol of transformation. Passing from one place to another. From familiar to unknown. Physical and mental transformation. I was experimenting with angles in my short photo documentary. The stains on the brass door resemble blood and sweat dripping from a human body after hard work. The Victorian door knocker looks like a crucifix …
This is a mock project for Victorian tea and coffee packaging. The aim of it was to design 3D product following the styling of the set and then a photo shoot.
The Thompson Tea and Coffee Company based in Britain has been importing their products from Kenya for almost 150 years, so it would mean they started their trade journey during The Victorian Era. This was my starting point of the concept development.
Looking back now, I think I must have been inspired by the book I read as a child called In Desert and Wilderness wrote by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It tells a story of two kids travelling through Africa. The description of nature in the book is so superbly written that as a child I was able to imagine and feel the dust, the humidity, the burning sun heat, the smell of camels, leather, tea and yes coffee too if such was present.
I wanted to create a scenery of a picnic after a very long journey, somewhere in the middle of the desert beside rocks. The crew is sitting by the fire, preparing for the night. Dust, sand and scorpions are the company of the set.
For the typography I followed a tutorial on vintage signing, the link is here. My tea packaging was meant to be more green but the printer we had in the college caused some problems. I borrowed some old books and the scarves, bought the vintage cup at the antique shop and some old photographs with handwritten envelop at the flea market. I remember I paid €5 for the lot after negotiation! I guess I paid for the fact that I did NOT have it more than anything else!
After printing and folding the boxes we were ready for the styling and photoshoot. The final product is an ad campaign for Fallon&Byrne which here in Ireland is an exotic products store and a restaurant.
To complete the journey on the Victorian architecture, here are some photographs that were taken in May 2018. Victorian gardens and houses in the Rathgar area.
In Ireland watering the gardens or the grass is totally unnecessary, in fact, I do not think I have ever have seen anyone doing so. Because of the humidity in the air everything around is full of life and greenery.
During the Industrial Revolution, there was a rapid development of the Dublin city, which at that time was under British rule. I am not a great fan of the city centre, but I do really like the neighbourhood in which I live. It has a lot of character. When walking around it I have an impression I travelled back in time to the British colonial period. Something Irish people would not see as intriguing or entertaining as I do, at all. I only want to admire the aesthetics of that period.
Solid front doors with ornaments made of brass. Sparkle cleaned every Saturday, by very well-educated housewives. Perfectly matched colours of the doors with the facade of the buildings or with the plants in the garden. Romanticism hidden in organic vault lines over the front doors. Refined British black gates, fences and barriers. Perfect set for a romance during an Art Nouveau period.
Research is driven by childhood memories and themes around civilisation versus nature. Contrasting structured silhouettes and playful tulle, my womenswear collection portrays what we usually view as a weakness becoming a strength.
Passion in the Kitchen
A romantic ephemeral collection based on my parent’s relationship in their restaurant. Creative fabric manipulation techniques combined with an organic approach to garment construction are the main drives in my work.
My aim is to reflect the beauty of nature in the clothes that we wear. Shimmering Crowntails is an exploration of the reflective and refractive metallic surface qualities of fish. The challenge is to turn something old into something new, to create beautiful handcrafted unique, vintage garments with a contemporary look.
Luv Club brings together two contrasting identities: traditional Croatian dress and the creativity instigated in a clubbing environment. I pay homage to the Licitar, a gift of love and use my personal documentation of clubs and parties to create a new identity. A celebration of love and party culture.
In ancient Ireland, mythology and folklore were a fundamental part of the knowledge encompassing each tree. They were talismans, each with their own meanings, uses and stories. My work explores native Irish woodlands through the juxtaposition of each species recreated in cloth, with excerpts from the National Folklore Collection.
OTHER FASHION&TEXTILE ARTISTS
I could not find a link or a name to all the artists featured in this post. If you recognise your artwork here please, contact me and I will provide the relevant links.
This is the very first window display I have created during the Visual Merchandising course I did at DIT College in Dublin. I wanted to create a window which was a mix of a traditional British style and child-like drawings. I wanted to show this in a grotesque way, as a place where little girls like to dress in their mother’s clothes pretending they are adults. The window proposal is made of an electric tape, chalk and handmade paper bags as a merchandising product.
THE PROCESS OF MAKING
Researched British folk, illustration and patterns to develop the design idea.
A few weeks ago I was passing by The Instituto de Cervantes in Dublin and was attracted by the poster in the window. I decided to walk in a check the exhibition called Collection of Wonders. At first thought, it was an exhibition of a few different artists as the artwork, in my opinion, was quite versatile.
The exhibition Collection of Wonders gathers a selection of the most significant works by Isidro Ferrer, one of the most remarkable designers and illustrators from Spain known for his originality and genius. The show has a great number of his poster design work and book illustration and has been curated by Tina García, specialised in cultural management and illustration from Asturias, Spain.
Isidro Ferrer(Madrid, 1963) is currently one of the most representative artists in Spain in the fields of design and illustration. He has worked for international firms as a commercial artist, graphic designer and in animation and storyboarding for TV. In Spain, he has received the National Design Award in 2002, the National Illustration Award in 2006. He has also been granted a European Design Award in the Posters category in 2008 and gained the Silver in the Golden Label Awards in 2013. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows in Spain, France, Chile, Mexico or Portugal, among other countries. (text source Collection of Wonders)
I was studying graphic design here in Dublin for two years and I wish in the course I was doing they would encourage students more to use different media. Like in Isidro Ferrer artwork. Handmade props in combination with photography and software for layout design. The posters are unique and very expressive while transferring the visual message.