would love to print on silk!
the frenzy of spring 2013 fashion week new york is finally over and prints, thankfully, still have staying power. prints took a twist this season, stripes, florals, geometrics, chinoiserie and even currency got play! some more successful than others and lets face it, when it’s good, it’s GOOD! the above and the following are some of my favorites from the runway.
frankly, i was surprised to see this especially since missoni is such an established house with a very distinctive take on prints.
well, as we all know, there is nothing new under the sun and we do look to the past and each other for inspiration. i was just surprised to see it taken this literally…
christmas came very early this year as my partner lit my love of print with the gift of the limited edition, PUCCI: by taschen! the cover is made from fabric, comes in several sumptuous prints and shades and is blessed with an acetate dust jacket to keep it clean.
i can imagine what it must have been like to go through their archives, the sketches and photos. that kind of an experience is inspiring and i’ve certainly been turned on by this compilation. it’s a beautiful timeline of the marquis of barsento, emilio pucci and his definitive legacy of feminine leisurewear told in brilliant hues.
Some of my favorites:
this boldly beautiful dress is absolutely heart stopping!!
this book is the bomb diggity for any designer, textile artist or lover of fashion! they’re limited so don’t sleep on it too long!
images from the book PUCCI available here at taschen.
…supplied plenty of visual candy when visiting the polish pottery place at pike place market in seattle, washington. located beneath the actual marketplace, i was dazzled when i walked downstairs and was met by an overload of beautiful old world prints and patterns! racks and tables were filled with carefully grouped clusters of crockery, pitchers, ladles, mugs and so on each arranged according to color and theme. i had the opportunity to speak with the enthusiastic owner who proceeded to give me a history of traditional polish pottery and crafts. established in 1950, ceramika artystyczna cooperative of boleslawiec, poland was formed to reignite the polish ceramic industry which had been halted as a result of world war II. the fine white clay which is used is some of the strongest and most durable in ceramic fabrication which beautifully sets off the earthy neutrals and bright colors of the hand painted glazes. many of the designs reflect traditional folkloric motifs of whimsical animals, graceful florals and decorative geometrics resulting in enchanting table ware fit for a fairy tale feast!
another feature of the shop not sold online is the handcrafted art of wycinaki, paper cutout. it became popular in the 1800′s as polish peasants used them to decorate their homes and as gifts for friends and loved ones. the intricate designs are painstakingly cut by hand and layered to create symmetrical floral bouquets, roosters, deer, birds, etc. many of the designs she showed me ranged from the simplistic to much more elaborate compositions.
please visit the polish pottery place to see more of their wares. keep in mind the online site carries but a fraction of what’s available in their shops and only a visit to the locations can actually do justice to seeing such an abundance in one spot. to learn more about the art of polish pottery, please visit the ceramika artystyczna cooperative website.