first of all, what a cool name for a fashion label! AH/OK is the baby of Italian designer duo Claudia Carieri and Francesca Errani, based between Milan and Como – where their gorgeous silk pieces are created.
oh i love this lookbook for the new collection from Saana ja Olli – After The Storm. it makes me think of the end of long summer days, when you’re still outside as dusk starts to fall, and everything is coated in that dark blue hue… i posted about this Finnish design duo earlier this year. products are available at their online shop.
Archive New York was started by textile designer Amira Marion, who creates digital collections from vintage and antique fabric remnants. they hunt down rare & unique textiles and transform them into these colourful silk prints. how cool is that?
Skinny laMinx (aka Heather Moore) was probably the first south african whose work i saw on international design blogs back in the day. which makes me immensely proud, especially because she is such a lovely and hardworking person. if you follow her on Instagram you will see how she notices design in every day life, and this kind of constant exploration is what makes a creative person’s work great. her new collection Paradise is Here launched last night, and it was this exact exploration of the world around her that influenced the designs.
just gonna file this under coolest things ever. these are illustrations by French entomologist Eugène Séguy, from a book detailing his illustrations of insects and colourful decorative compositions of their patterns and colouring dating from 1925. he was, understandably, more well-known for his brilliant pattern design than for his work as an entomologist – though the two are undeniably intertwined. read more about him here.
Eugene Alain Seguy was one of the foremost French designers at the beginning of the 20th century. Working in both the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, he published many design folios utilizing the pochoir technique, a printing process that employs a series of stencils to lay dense and vivid color. *
Saana Sipilä and Olli Sallinen are a couple from Finland who met at a music festival, started dating, studied textile design together and then launched a range of sustainably produced textiles under the name Saana ja Olli. for their new collection Olli cites the influences of small town living as a great inspiration, as well as the 90s TV show Northern Exposure which left a lasting impression on him. you can buy all their wares at their online shop.
The Villi Pohjola collection (lit. The Wild Northland) is inspired by days spent in a summer house in the Finnish archipelago. The closeness of the sea and small dreamy seaside towns influenced the hand drawn print.
Photos by Unto Rautio
i was sitting at my computer today, at work, after the usual 40 minute commute – and my back was hurting. my arms were stiff. all this sitting… is not helping my life. and i felt uninspired, and tired. i felt like i was having a bit of a moment at that desk. so i had a cup of tea and just decided to stop being such a Debbie Downer.
that’s when i discovered the work of talented artist Alicia Galer – which was pretty serendipitous actually, considering that i have been looking at so much floral inspiration lately. her drawings & collages of bouquets, gardens, plants, leaves and cacti really just made my day. so thanks, Alicia. you can browse more of her work at her website, blog and online shop.
Alicia Galer is a third year Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern design student currently based in Leeds. Her practice involves drawing in an expressionist manner from different inspiring spaces. With her drawings she extracts the marks and textures she has created to formulate more refined drawings and patterns.
when i was in school i took textile design for a year as part of my art course. it wasn’t really textile design, i didn’t actually do any screen printing and everything was kind of laissez-faire in that high school art kind of way. but i did gain a lot of respect for textile designers due to the finer points of the craft.
so i’m always excited to discover new people who make beautiful things in the textile field. Israeli designer Lee Coren got in touch with me about her pattern collection which she screen prints onto scarves, clutches and totes. you can buy pieces from her collection at her Etsy shop.
The main collection is called ‘Local Environment’ – in which I took forgotten local icons that are most common in typical Israeli cities, such as curved window bars and plastic shutters, and brought them back to life in a fresh perspective through modern textiles patterns, that will then return to the city as quality scarves and bags.
Hermine is a Belgian textile designer who just presented her graduation collection at the school of arts in Ghent. here you can see some of her pieces photographed by the very talented Eefje. i love her colour palette, and would really kill for one of those fluffy carpets. make sure to pay Hermine’s blog a visit to see more of her process as well as what inspires her. plus, her plants are lovely… who doesn’t love a plant lover?
all photographs by Eefje de Coninck
The travel diaries of early 20th century artist Rockwell Kent provide a starting point for designer Charlotte Linton’s Greenland Collection. Taking inspiration from the paintings and drawings Kent created whilst living amongst Inuit communities, Charlotte blends her usual mix of landscape, wildlife and culture with Kent’s exuberant colour palette in her eclectic printed scarf collection.
This season, Charlotte’s fictional muse Ermantrude follows in Kent’s footsteps arriving in Nuuk Greenland to undertake a cross-country expedition. Under the glow of the Northern lights, Ermantrude learns of Greenlandic mythology, the traditional crafts of the Inuit and their ingenuity with fur, and listens to the song of the Bowhead Whale.