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by Alice

Mesh

I found it interesting how mesh can be used for architecture. For example Van Eijk and Van der Lubbe created a hand knotted fibre glass construction which can be customized for specific uses. It is clever how they have turned the lamp shade into the light itself, as they have used fiberglass as their material. As their inspiration they used the various geometrical forms surrounding them, and gave the lampshade a glowing effect by breaking it in areas I order to let light seep out.

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The Grace of Lace

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Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders, a British fashion designers, graduated from the Textile Pattern course at Central St. Martins in the nineties, having previously attended Glasgow School of art. He quoted that director of MA fashion at CSM, Louise Wilson, made him identify with who he was as a designer. "After all, it’s our points of difference as designers that make us relevant."

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Only 48 hours after his graduation show, he was commissioned by Alexander McQueen to design a pattern for his 2003 show. it was this that led to the iconic Bird of paradise print to which used silk screening techniques. Jonathan came back to this design in 2008, consequently leading to his design being one of the most iconic designs of the decade. Clashing incongruous colours is something which is also distinguishable of the artist.

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Michelle Pfeiffer

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Layering

Andrea Myers

Andrea is an artist who uses the process of layering to create three dimensional objects from layering repeatedly two dimensional surfaces such as wool and wood. Throughout her work she uses a range of medium such as paper, fibre and textiles so create interesting sculptures and forms, with depth and variation. In an interview, Andrea states that obtains her inspiration from exploring painting and colour, by opening up the boundaries of painting by extracting the formal qualities usually entailed. I was drawn to the way that her work looked as though it was natural forms, and the way the layering mimicked the natural environment.

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Cadaval and Sola Morales also looked at Mesh however used paper instead as their material, in order to make fragile honeycomb shaped areas.

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Wrapping paper

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Inspiration

In an interview, Jonathan declares that environment is key for him when taking inspiration, this includes Italian interior from the 1980's, something to which surprised me. He also believes that focusing on the details is highly important when it comes to the process of designing, and he also finds that he prefers refined elegance, with less colour. this is evident in his work, and correlates with the fact that he took inspiration from the actress Michelle Pfeiffer, in Scarface. He also took inspiration from the Scottish dancer and choreographer Michael Clarke, by taking the idea of contradictions which were seen in both his work and costumes. This links into the theme of duality, to which can be seen shown through his garments where they can be worn differently from both the front and the back. This same concept can also be seen in his contrasting use of materials such as Matt and Shine. Jonathan also said in the interview that he is considerate of what people are buying from his previous ranges, as he then manipulates these.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo2DJzuhktw

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Andrea Myers

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Mark Bradford

Mark uses collaging and painting to create his artwork. He has an organic quality to his work, which has been created by using lightly textured typography. By layering and collaging, he has managed to capture the feel of a landscape such as a city, by using gestures and mark making. I love the way he has used collage to create an almost industrial feel, which reminds me of inner cities and architecture.

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