As a fabric and textile junkie- and just having returned from Cambodia- this book, Pictorial Cambodian Textiles by Gill Green, grabbed me and pulled me in. Unfortunately, you’d probably have to find a museum in Cambodia to see this stuff in real life, I didn’t see a drop of it on my visit (this whole planet is turning into a ‘Made in China’ experience). Have a look, get inspired and make something of your own.
I’m happy to report- there is an Institute of Khmer Traditional Textiles in Siem Reap, may tradition and culture live on!
The more I see the more I love of Italian artist Aldo Lanzini’s work. Brilliant master craftsman of thread, needles, ribbon and wool his creations are intriguing and nonsensical, a cacophony of color and creativity. When asked if he is an artist or a designer he states, “Definitions are always quite liquid. I use my needle as if I were a sculptor. I move instinctively and I don’t think about the design of my work: I create straight away. Needlework makes me think three- dimensionally: I start working on a little piece, than I stand in front of a mirror and I imagine the next step. Sure I have a vision, but I often change my mind when I’m midway. And what was supposed to be a dress turns out to be a jacket“.
Ushers at Missoni’s Spring/Summer 2011 show in Milan.
The work of Aldo Lanzini, among many others, is to be featured in a new book Pretty Ugly, a sampling of the “new ugly”, groundbreaking graphics, art and design coming out next month. A book about what it looks like when designers are out to break all the rules… what could be more intriguing?