My collection features floral and animal designs that look like painted. Now you might think that I have outstanding painting skills. Well, the truth is I can’t neither draw nor paint. When it comes to pencil and paint I’m a lost cause. MY tools are a Nikon D 80, a PC, Adobe Photoshop and digital textile printing.
I’ve been taking images of flowers and animals for the past twelve years. They mean endless inspiration to me. When I’m on a walk I’m constantly scanning the nature around me. I’d stop to examine a plant or animal closely. Pattern-driven as I am I see flora and fauna arranging themselves into textile designs whenever I look at them. I even see them morphing into patterns with my eyes closed. Sometimes they keep me from falling asleep.
When I shoot an image I already have endless design variations in mind. So I shoot a subject from every possible angle, with different focuses and varying camera settings. Yes, I do have an enourmous photopool on my computer.
So with these endless design variations in mind I start creating. Sometimes the flowers or insects slip neatly into the shape I imagined. I love that! Sometimes they refuse to match the pre-shaped patterns I had in mind. And then I just go with the flow until the subject reveals it’s real character. I love that too!
Very rarely it happens when I’m in the middle of a design process that I’m not satisfied with my photo material. If I’m lucky I just did the shooting recently or at least in the same season of year. Then I can just reshoot the subject. If I’m not lucky the season is over and I have to store my idea in the archives. Or even worse they never make it to a real textile print. I don’t love that at all.
The next steps in my creating process are textile printing and sewing. That’s where my professional skills as a textile engineer and dressmaker come in. To me as a textile professional the rise and establishment of digital textile printing was THE big thing. I’ve been struck by the technique and it’s possibilitíes right from the start. With photography and digital textile printing all my dreams can come true. And when I discovered sublimation printing (a variation of digital textile print) I got even more excited. With this technique I’m in control of every step in the process to create my products. Here’s a making-of, where you can watch me doing every thing from shooting to designing to printing and eventually sewing. By the way I also do the fashion and product shootings myself.
A really great thing about creating accessories is the freedom that comes with it. If I designed fabrics I’d be determined by fabric width and pattern repeat. However my process is engineering prints to the cut of a fingerless glove/ waist belt/ secret message scarf or silk foulard/ (these cuts are developed and tested on prototypes by myself). So my designing work is much like the work of a florist: I make flower arrangements – including animals here and there.
Also accessories: I love accessories, because they’re the wow! and the oh la la! The cherry on the cake. Eye candy. Pure finesse. The better garment – always.
Oh Magnolia! Thou art truly a queen! For weeks and weeks I went on pilgrimage to see you. Ever so hopeful you started blossoming. Ever so fearful I’d be too late. You played hard to get.
Eventually when your buds opened after a few days of sunshine I got down on my knees. Me and my Nikon D80. Homages in the mud that lasted for hours. How could I ever stop to eye and picture you when none of your blossoms is like the other? Every single one is a piece of art. How many terrabytes of magnolia images are enough?
Now you’re all withered, but you still don’t release me. For another couple of months I have to wait until you show your bizarre fruits. Not till then I may start designing a silk scarf featuring your becoming and passing away.
1. are a perfect match with the current European spring weather.
2. go with every drink as long as it’s transluscent. So their beauty isn’t lost.
Edible blooms such as Daisies, Violas, Roses (which should be in full bloom by now, but…) Elder (which should be in full bloom by now, but…).
Ice cold water
Wash blooms and put them into the ice tray with their heads facing down. Then shock-freeze them by putting them immediately into the freezer. This way you preserve their vivid colors.
Pour ice cold water over the frozen blooms after approx. 30 minutes. Put them right back into the freezer. Wait for about one or two hours until your Spring On The Rocks is done. Enjoy!
I think my heart is missing a beat when I look at Cecilia Paredes work “Landscape Series”: an outburst of colors and flowers, flowers, flowers and, well floral patterns. Plus the medium is photography. This is pure joy to me!
Here are some images for your very viewing pleasure.