Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My favorite details from Fashion Week: Spring 2011

Watching the shows and presentations during New York Fashion week is always a huge treat for me, not only as a designer but as someone who loves fashion and beautiful tailoring. All the fabulous detailing and intricate patterns, embroidery and appliqués are hugely inspiring to me and I always compile a list of my favorites into a sketchbook or lightbox for future reference. I was blown away this year by the diversity of different techniques and ideas that surfaced in the shows from delicate fabric draping and delicious color pairings to serious embroidery and handwork. I’d love to share my favorite selections with you..

Carolina Herrera (Photos from Vogue)
Love these Korean costume inspired bows as well as the delicate way in which fabrics are juxtaposed next to soft, textured fabrics like lace and fine embroideries.

Mary Katrantzou (Photos from Vogue)
I have to admit that Kary Katrantzou was unknown to me until I discovered her collection this year. I was blown away by how she combined prints and geometric shapes to create truly inspiring and one of a kind pieces.

Marchesa (Photos from Vogue)
When I’m looking for gorgeous glamorous pieces and amazing detailing, Marchesa is always a go-to for me. As usual, this collection yielded some amazing designs and detailing from hand painted fabrics to what appeared to be laser cut fabrics. Brilliant yet still quintessentially classic.

Marc Jacobs (Photos from Vogue)
One of the most interesting things about the Marc Jacobs show last week was his use of unexpected combinations, layering and rich variations of color on a diverse range of materials from leather to gauzy silk dresses. I completely fell in love with this collection.

Rodarte  (Photos from Vogue)
The Rodarte show evoked a very worldly feel to me. From nomad prints and geometric patterns to Chinese blue and white porcelain inspired embroideries, they were really able to capture a sense of global design. They also utilized a broad range of materials from sequins and leather to carved wood and metals.

Oscar de la Renta (Photos from Vogue)
Saving the best for last, Oscar de la Renta is one of my all time favorite designers in the world and his collection sure didn’t disappoint. I always love how delicate and timeless his pieces always look. Gorgeous!

I was so unbelievably inspired by last week’s fashion week and I look forward to using this inspiration in future projects! Who knows, we may see a mandarin orange Carolina Herrera inspired bellyband or an Oscar de la Renta embroidered carnation design motif in future invitations!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Artist Profile: Fabienne Verdier

I’ve long been a huge fan of fine art and have always had a particular interest in abstract and expressionist art.  There’s something very raw and physical about how the paint or materials are applied to canvas. I say ‘applied’ in the broadest sense of the word of course. Sprayed, thrown, dripped, globbed are probably more apt descriptions.

Fabienne Verdier is an artist that I discovered not too long ago. She is an artist who really takes the physical aspect of creating art to the next level. Her paintings are amazing but the photographs of her working process are even more impressive. She handles these gigantic calligraphy brushes and supersized canvases, using her entire body and movement to create these brilliantly expressive paintings. Check them out right here

Photography courtesy of Philippe Chancel, Franck and Inès Dieleman, Naoya Hatakeyama, Dolorès Mara and Frédéric Villbrandt

Monday, August 23, 2010

Real Wedding: Theresa and Chris

I will very rarely admit to favoritism of any kind when it comes to design projects that I tackle or with clients that I work with. Each project is one of my babies and of course each client is a super duper vip in my book. However, there are times when I just can't help myself and I have to readily admit that a client and project was one of my favorites. That was the case with Theresa and Chris.

From the second that I met Theresa, I could tell that her great energy and positive vibes were absolutely infectious. We got to work immediately creating a beautiful custom invitation and stationery collection that would make the perfect statement and set the mood for her gorgeous wedding at the New York Botanical Garden. Her colors were fantastic with warm shades of tangerine, orange and umber with hits of gold and we borrowed elements from her centerpieces and bouquet flowers as well as the beautiful venue. Both her and Chris were graceful, kind and well grounded throughout the entire process and it's such a pleasure to see that all their dreams were realized by their talented team of vendors.

Here are some images of her wedding details, courtesy of Autumn Lin Photography

 And of course, the wedding save the dates, invitations and reception stationery we created for them...

The entire Set was made up of rich tangerines and oranges letterpress printed on shimmery gold leaf paper. The orange bellyband and envelope brought out a vibrant pop of color to contrast the gold.
The Save The Dates reversed the gold and orange scheme to make orange the dominant color on lovely square shaped cards.
I absolutely loved the rich detail of these vintage rose engraved illustrations
The Ceremony Program
There's something so sublime and luxurious about nice deep letterpress impressions. You can see some of that definition in this detailing..
Congratulations to Theresa and Chris on a beautiful wedding and marriage together!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Designer Profile: Rebecca Ward

This week’s post is a feature on an outstanding installation artist that I discovered a few weeks ago. Rebecca Ward is a Texas born artist with a very graphic approach to installation art. Ward's signature medium is tape -- be it electrical tape, duct tape or even masking tape! Her work has been featured at galleries and exhibitions across the country and some of her installations have even been commissioned for retail stores such as Kate Spade. I absolutely love the bright palette of colors that she works with and how the geometry she applies to 3 dimensional space almost becomes 2 dimension in quality.

Here is her artist statement:
My installations are site-specific works dependent upon the space they occupy. Utilizing existing lines, beams, and angles, each piece I create is informed by the individual site and its unique linear movement. Thus, my installations are inherently architectural. I choose patterns and shapes according to detailed measurements of the installation site. Ideally these patterns are numerically symmetrical or somehow numerically balanced, producing a dialogue between line and space. I initially began working with tape because of the broad range of colors in which it is available. Additionally, I have always been drawn to its unique textural qualities. I began making videos to create a dialogue with the tape installations. I see the videos as a way to animate the tape installations, and further explore my architectural manipulation of space. When using tape, rather than leaving evenly-placed two-dimensional lines upon a wall, I expand upon the material’s sculptural potential and bring these installations into a third dimension. When using video, I angle projectors and use multiple intersecting projections to create animated, two-dimensional shapes. This creates an illusionary space, a perceptual play of pattern, color, light, and texture that is realized by the viewer’s experience of, and interaction with the work.

tape 3, University of Texas at Austin

Seventeen is sharp, Charlotte street foundation/urban culture project

tape 4, University of Texas at Austin

Stella was right, Museum for image and sound

Photos and Excerpt is copyright and courtesy of Rebecca Ward

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Designer Profile: Jim Tierney

I recently tackled a project that required me to do extensive research on the art of book design and jacket art (which I plan to feature really soon!) for an invitation I was working on. While I was researching different designers and styles, I stumbled upon the work of Jim Tierney who studies illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has some of the prettiest and quirkiest book cover designs I have seen! I have highlighted some of my favorites...

Aren't they lovely and so unbelievably unique? I couldn't help but think that this is a modern day interpretation of the classic Hetzel Jules Verne collector's editions that have become priceless.

Images Courtesy of Jim Tierne

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sultan: Maya and Pav Wedding (WE TV Platinum Weddings)

I'm delighted to feature one of the invitation sets we created alongside a gorgeous wedding which continues to be a favorite, featured on WE TV Platinum Weddings. This is the wedding of Maya and Pav, a lovely couple, and the event took place in California at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. To this day, the wedding invitations we created for them also continue to be one of my absolute favorites!

Here are some pictures of the event..

The bride and groom in their wonderfully beautiful and opulent attire...

The ceremony took place poolside before sunset over looking the ocean. Square Root Design created a custom made acrylic Mundap with all white florals and hanging clear crystals.

 The Reception features lighting which washed the ballroom in a deep turquoise blue that radiated onto the ceiling. As the guests walked into the reception hall they were greeted by walls that were completely draped in white satin fabric and beautiful silver mirrors around the perimeter of the room, reflecting the opulent décor. In the center of the room, they had a white dance floor with soft turquoise blue lighting that created the illusion of dancing on water. The “Sweetheart Table” was made of two custom made “Infinity Pool” tables with floating white flowers and crushed glass. The centerpieces of the tables were done in a very eclectic style with tall, medium and short glass containers filled with blue water and lots of White Phaleonopsis Orchids draping on top of the vases.

And of course, the invitations that we created for them. All Silkscreened on gorgeous chocolate brown paper with hand applied Swarovski Crystals in aquamarine.

 Each card had very distinct ornaments that framed the top and bottom of the page. They were individually unique and different but all tied in cohesively together as a family.

Hand applied Swarovskis on the eye of Ganesha

Details of the finesse and crispness of our Silkscreen.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Birds Nests: Nature's Architecture

A few years ago, I remember being fascinated by a documentary on TV about BowerBirds and their nest designing/making abilities. This morning, upon reading a blog post by Sean at The sub-studio design blog, I was reminded by the amazing process they undergo to create their nests and attract their mates. This led me to do a bit more research into the different processes and different species of birds and the amazing architectural works of art they create.

I find it inspiring that nothing in nature is left to chance. Everything is purposeful and fully functional. Just see how these beautiful nests fulfill their function and how utterly ‘creative’ these solutions are to the dilemma of creating a structure to house delicate eggs.

A beautifully woven basket nest..

Suspended Chandelier like nests

Intricately crafted nest of the Black faced Weaver Bird

The BowerBird 'custom designs' his nest based on the color preferences of the female BowerBird he is attempting to woo. How amazing is that? When I watched the TV program, I was amazed to see a little BowerBird, in the midst of crafting his nest, place a brightly colored piece of glass in the corner of the nest, take 3 little hops back to look at the big picture, and then go back to move the glass half an inch to the left of where it previously sat. Apparently they can spend several hours crafting a single nest. Now I don't know what to call that other than 'design'.

And another view of the gorgeous nest of the BowerBird, this one accented with green pieces of glass (guess she liked green..)

And finally I wanted to include an image of the bird's nest inspired stadium in Beijing, China. It’s wonderful to see how the creations of such a small creature can influence the architecture and style of such large monuments!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Science meets Art: Brainforest

The first time I discovered this installation piece, I was really intrigued about it and the seemingly chaotic, tangled spiderweb of stuff. What WAS this? This is Brainforest. It's a room that currently exists in the Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan.

The installation mimics the appearance of the human nervous system through cord, twine and rope. The beauty of a creative spark takes on the form of a variety of materials from toys, to leaves and feathers. It’s such a lovely and poetic way to express the beauty of an idea, an inspiration, a thought at the time it takes place in your brain.

I loved this quote from the artist: “In the rain forest of the brain, the bio-diversity of thoughts proliferates and the intellect's short-circuits whirr in your eyes. Needless to say, as time goes by the circuits get tired and nervous; there are burn-outs and failures. But chance creates the most sparkling ideas.”


Here are some images...

It does somewhat remind me a little bit of the mobiles and paintings by Joan Miro. Your thoughts?