Top 5 Artist textile blog
- Published:14th February 2017
Textiles and print design is a big interest of mine. Being able to put pictures, colour, markings and shapes onto a garment can transform it into a real statement piece. With a new Vanessa Bell exhibition opening in London it reminded me of one of my previous blogs about my top textile designers. I suppose this could be a part 2; When artists meet fashion or famous painters do textiles. No better canvas than a person.
The late great Andy Warhol seems to be able to infiltrate everything, he embraced consumerism and it embraced him right back. Although I love the many t-shirts and placement prints that have been made from his more well-known work it does not have the same translatability as his drawings. Warhol’s unique painting and illustrative style has been easily transformed into wearable and beautiful fabric prints. His whimsical designs of ice cream and moths are perfect for vintage style fashion which were once for sale in trendy boutique Serendipity.
Back in 2014 the Henri Matisse cut-outs exhibition at the Tate blew up and was the hot ticket for summer. His bold smooth shapes and primary colours set new trends in fashion and print design from Prada to Topshop, still around today. Not only did other people take inspiration from his cut outs but Matisse in fact designed his own prints for textiles as well. His first artistic inspiration was after all from the textile weavers of his home town of Bohain, so he always had a keen interest in colourful and unique fabrics.
I spoke of Zika Ascher in my last textiles blog but he and Wesley Simpson were trailblazers for many artists to make their foray into textiles. They provided high end couturiers such as Schiaparelli and Dior with hand painted fabrics and scarves by artists Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. Picasso supplied fabric mill Fuller fabrics with designs for textiles and prints which you could purchase as a dress and he also collaborated and produced PVC anoraks, corduroy poncho’s and other strange but practical garments.
Keith Haring is known for his blown-up scribble like marks of lines and people. Haring’s work is constantly referenced in the fashion world and his iconic style has remained firmly on trend still today. Haring’s textile debut began when he collaborated with singer Grace Jones in 1985 for some of her live performances, and covered her in his signature graffiti. He also collaborated on garments with Vivienne Westwood for her ‘Witches’ collection, which were worn by Madonna and more recently has influenced fashion house Sibling, Jeremy Scott and high street giant UNIQLO.
In 2003 Marc Jacobs gave Louis Vuitton a new lease of life by joining forces with Tokyo based pop artist Takashi Murakami. The collaboration lasted for 13 years the longest artist collaboration LV have had with an artist and Murakami’s designs became firm favourites within the luxury market. Murakami adorned the classic style bags with smiling flowers, cherry blossom and indescribable cute creatures. These childish but somehow relevant designs juxtaposed with the classic Vuitton monograms and quintessential luggage shaped bags. This combination really modernized and made the accessories stand out in a sea of high end luxury hand bags.
Until next time...
I’m sure there are many more artists and designers I could have mentioned but I have got to go and design some of my own prints! Stay tuned for Designers Diary showing inside clips of our design process here at Alice's Pig @alicespig
Also if you like textiles and print check out our other blog on the top 5 textile designers... xxx