I try my absolute best to boast about my love of both fashion and art as often as possible, and I feel that the discovery of MA Fashion Artefact, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London graduate Ana Rajcevic has provided me with the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Ana is a London-based fashion artist who specialises in synthetic polymers, metal and leather. When I first caught a glimpse of Ana’s work via notjustalabel.com, I was both intrigued and overwhelmed. Following designers who take their ideas to the next level is what I live for, and this level of innovation is the epitome of everything I love about emerging talent.
What I truly admire about Ana is that she has not conformed to any generic fads when it comes to jewellery and accessory design, and has instead developed what she describes as a ‘new breed’ of precious objects.
“ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution” is the name of Ana’s current collection, and is the same collection which won her the MA Design Award from the University of the Arts London earlier this year. The description of the collection, which I have taken from the Ana Rajcevic website, is as followed:
The project is grounded in a unique visual interpretation of animal anatomy, building upon existing skeleton structures to create a series of sculptural pieces that appear as natural properties of the human body, suggesting strength, power and sensuality. Concepts of mutation and evolution are explored in order to develop a contemporary cross-image of human and animal, an atemporal, supreme creature, beyond past and future.
Despite the fact that the concept behind the collection is reasonably disturbing, I have to admit that Ana has done an absolutely fantastic job in creating a collection of intriguing and innovative objects.
If you admire Ana’s work and would like to view the full collection, you can do so on the Ana Rajcevic website.
Photography by Fernando Lessa
Images courtesy of notjustalabel.com
Yesterday, whilst flicking through the blog of London-based photographer Viktor Vauthier, I came across a reasonably dandy collection of images which Viktor snapped for Brighton-based art-graphic label 2 Many Printers. This is the second time that I’ve been introduced to a brand new label via the blog of Viktor Vauthier, with my discovery of Lazy Oaf towards the end of 2011, and therefore as I’m a reasonably courteous guy, thank you, Viktor.
From my own knowledge, and after a quick peek at the ‘info’ section of the 2 Many Printers Facebook page, I can now confidently outline what 2 Many Printers are about, and what they do. Basically, they work with an array of independent illustrators and graphic artists, and create bags and tee’s which are suitable for both men and women. Also, the brand are based in the small town of Brighton in England, United Kingdom, which is literally two hours or so from my doorstep.
Lindsey Gooden, Viktor Hachmang and Leon Sadler are just a handful of the artists that 2 Many Printers work with, and I have to say that from what I’ve seen so far, they’ve grabbed themselves some fantastically talented individuals. Better yet? 2 Many Printers sell the majority of their items for around £20.00 a pop – meaning that unlike a number of similar labels, you don’t have to break the bank to look great, and even a tad flamboyant!
Lastly, my three favorite prints from the label at present are as followed:
I love supporting and following independent projects and talented individuals, and will therefore be keeping a close eye on 2 Many Printers over the course of the next year or so, and urge you to do the same.
Images courtesy of 2 Many Printers
Illustration is an art form which I’ve regrettably never paid much attention to, yet with my recent discovery of INVERTED COMMAS, an Italian label by Francesco Lo Iacono which offers exclusive illustrations printed onto organic cotton canvas tote bags, I have been drawn into the growing fad that is an admiration for quirky digital prints and cartoon-like graphics. For some reason, the thought of strutting down the street with a printed tote in addition to your classic rucksack or leather satchel in hand is becoming increasingly admirable.
Francesco Lo Iacono launched INVERTED COMMAS back in 2011 as a label he could use to display his personal artwork. Now selling via both Etsy.com and the official INVERTED COMMAS online store, I personally feel that it isn’t going to be long until we see Francesco’s illustrations hitting stores, because let’s face it… he’s an extremely talented individual.
My personal favorites when it comes to Francesco’s illustrations include the Giraffe Boy & Elephant Girl print (see above) and the Adam & Ivy print. In addition to these, you can also purchase the Blowing Fashion and RedHead Woman prints, if you see them as pragmatic and slightly less ‘odd’ alternatives.
Lastly, Francesco is selling his printed organic cotton canvas tote bags at just €15.00 a piece. There isn’t much you can get for €15.00 nowadays, and I’d therefore consider these bags to be an almost definite steal!
I will be following and supporting INVERTED COMMAS and Francesco Lo Iacono over the course of the next year or so, and I urge you to do the same!
Images courtesy of INVERTED COMMAS