Monday, 12 September 2011

Claire Prebble: Wearable Art

After spending a couple of hours surfing the net looking for inspirational and unusual designers/artists I finally found one that took my breath away.  The amount of work that has gone into her costumes is incredible.  She uses a lot of wire work which you can't notice from afar, but once you see the bodices up close its amazing that amount of precision is possible.  Seeing these just make me want to get the pliers and copper wire out and give it a go.  I imagine it will take a few years of practice to get it up to this standard though.

The other point that drew me to this artist is how young she is, at 18 she won the supreme wearable art award with the entry pictured below, this was after having 10 years of experience at making these wearable art pieces! Gradually getting more advanced of course, I would be gobsmacked if an 8 year old could manipulate wire at this standard, then again Mozart composed his first piece at the age of 4.

Her Website

My second thought when seeing these garments (my first was wow...) was that the amount of sterling silver wire used must have cost a of course I had to find out how much it was.  For just a metre its £6.70.

Here are a couple of her other pieces that caught my eye:

If you think these are pretty cool then you should check out the world of wearable art website here!
The imagination thats gone into these picese is incredible.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Butterfly inspired clothes

While in Ashville NC at the weekend I stumbled upon the shop Spiritex, they're an organic apparel company, I'm very interested in organic production so it was nice to see organic clothing.  What caught my eye was the designs that were inspired by butterflies.

This corset and skirt is definitely an head turner.

Some pretty interesting techniques to try with a camera

So I was on a 2 hour car journey and we took a lovely scenic route through a woodland up the side of a mountain.  The views were to die for, but being shook about in the back of the car wasn't so much fun.  To take my mind of the constant flying from left to right and back around all the bends I tried to take a photo of the woodland that was whizzing past.  The photos look really interesting though, the first one looks almost like a painting.

So of course I went a bit mad and took as many as I could, they're a good way of coming up with colour palettes for designs.  I just shake my hand around or turn it in a circle to give it these effects.  Give it a go.