11 September 2012
Ok, check out these amazing tights. A brilliant idea. So many people are all about silk screening t-shirts. These ladies have brought silk screening to tights. Ta da! I know a friend who has a pair and they look amazing actually being worn. Their site features a series of really beautifully curated images of patterns, well work a gander. Oh and I love their logo too.
7 September 2012
Hey the MLE!
When I was visiting Glasgow this summer I checked out the brand new "Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel." It was a great museum, totally recommend. While I was there, I discovered some models of ships with something wonderful called "dazzle camouflage" (see my photo of the model on top).
Did a bit of research and of course there are many designers and various hipsters that are all over this already. You can see dazzle camo inspired textiles, notebook covers, cars, scooters etc etc. but regardless...
For a bit of background, this was developed primarily in the First World war for "confusion rather than concealment." Sculptors, artists, and set designers designed this camouflage, testing first on small wooden models viewed through a periscope in a studio.
Sure it's effectiveness was constantly in question, blah blah blah. But the ships looked super cool and the crew loved it, which helped to boost morale.
Picasso, the modest man that he was, tried to take credit for dazzle camouflage, which seemed to him a quintessentially Cubist technique.
10 April 2012
Love love love that McQueen pillow. And while we're on the topic of embroidery, you reminded me of something I've been meaning to post for awhile. There's this little design studio in Brooklyn called Haptic Lab which makes "soft maps", essentially quilted maps of cities and neighborhoods. A combination of two of my favourite things, textiles and maps! They even do customized maps on commission, which makes the possibilities endless. I must have one!! But alas, each quilt is entirely hand-made, apparently taking more than 200 hours to complete. That means they ain't cheap. Sigh. Amazing though, no?
You can check them out here and also find out more about this super interesting studio that – in addition to those beautiful quilts – also makes custom kites, architecture, jell-o molds and public art installations. Nice.
9 April 2012
Happy holiday Monday the MLE!
Quiet and rainy day here in London, good day to spend at the studio. Hope you're having a good day with the family in Stockholm and that you are all over the flu. Came across yet another site full of beautiful inspirational stuff I want to buy but cannot afford, thought I'd pass it along:
This Hummingbird Cushion by Alexander McQueen caught my eye in particular, as I have this thing for birds. It's stunning. All made by hand using traditional tapestry and needlepoint techniques. Maybe my next project can be tapestry and needlepoint rather than knitting? Hmmm...