Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thom Browne Spring 2013 Menswear

This is a first for Kitty as a Picture. I haven't shown any menswear before, but Thom Browne Spring 2013 Menswear cannot be ignored by a print designer. I have gone back to view this collection too many times to count. It's more than the interesting presentation that fascinates me, more than the crazy cropping and layering, more than the vibrant colours; here is a designer who could play an important role in the history of men's fashion. Will all men soon be comfortable dressing expressively in colour and pattern the way that women are able to? Don't try to tell me that they already are or can. I go shopping with my partner and all I see is black, brown, grey, navy, and dark green. Most of the clothing for men that I see is predictable and boring. Take into account the limited amount of clothing that actually fits my extremely long-limbed partner and he has very little choice. Wouldn't it be nice if some fun and colour filtered down to mainstream menswear? And wouldn't it be nice if men could one day have as much choice as women when it comes to shopping for clothing?

Thom Browne Spring 2013 Menswear

Thom Browne Spring 2013 Menswear

Thom Browne Spring 2013 Menswear

Thom Browne Spring 2013 Menswear

Thom Browne Spring 2013 Menswear

The Thom Browne Pre-Spring 2013 collection for women is, by comparison, quite tame. Extremely beautiful I think. Here are a couple of my favourites:

Thom Browne Pre-Spring 2013

Thom Browne Pre-Spring 2013

Thom Browne Pre-Spring 2013

Thom Browne Pre-Spring 2013

I am intrigued and I can't wait to see more. If you too are interested in this designer you may like to visit the Thom Browne website

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Inaluxe New Blossom Series

Oops, another unplanned break from blogging. It is certainly not lack of inspiration that keeps me away from Kitty as a Picture for any length of time; life is chaotic and unpredictable with a baby, a toddler, work, and all of life's usual commitments and pleasures! It is wonderful to be able to get back into it with Inaluxe's new Blossom series, released today. I've been dying to see the series after a peek at Blossom 1 on Facebook a few weeks ago. The other four prints in the series don't disappoint:

Blossom 1 by Inaluxe

 Blossom 2 by Inaluxe

Blossom 3 by Inaluxe

Blossom 4 by Inaluxe

Blossom 7 by Inaluxe

Inaluxe was started by Kristina Sostarko in 2006, and is now a collaborative effort with Jason Odd joining Kristina in 2010. Kristina and Jason work out of a studio in the Grampians, Victoria, Australia. The Blossom series explores the pair's love of flora and of spring - their favourite season. Through the Inaluxe Big Cartel store you can purchase a reproduction print of the original gouache painting, mixed media collages. They are professionally printed to gallery standard on velvet matt Hahnemuhle Torchon paper, and are large (just under A2 size) with a generous wide border.
Fans of Inaluxe will be interested to know that they will be releasing fabrics later this year. I am enormously excited about this news and I'll be hanging out for that release around November. If you would like to keep up with all the Inaluxe news follow their blog, or you may prefer to follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

A huge thanks to Kristina and Jason for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illustration and Surface Design Blog permission to publish these images.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fashion: Vivid Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

A highlight for me in children's fashion is the release of new season Catimini collections. Here is a label that never fails to be visually exciting in graphics, pattern, and colour. I have put together some interesting pieces from the Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, with a close-up view, so we can all enjoy and appreciate the intricacy of the designs.

Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

 Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

 Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012 

Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

Catimini Autumn/Winter 2012

Be it print, applique, or knit it is a feast for the eyes. I love it! View the complete collection at the Catimini website

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bright Bold Art Prints by Twoems - Melanie Mikecz


These vibrant art prints by Melanie Mikecz of twoems are just the thing to brighten a child's room, or any room for that matter! They are also interesting because of the unusual technique that Melanie employs - a 'digital mixed media technique'. She says it involves something like this: sketching, painting, drawing, scanning, Photoshopping, more painting, possibly some scribbling, more scanning, and then finally printing on her Epson printer. This means she doesn't have any originals, only prints; and what fabulous happy prints they are!

Mini Arch Abstract Print by Twoems on Etsy (Melanie Mikecz)

Matryoshka Dolls Print by Twoems on Etsy (Melanie Mikecz)

Underwater Hippo Print by Twoems on Etsy (Melanie Mikecz)

Kaleidoscope Geometric Art Print by Twoems on Etsy (Melanie Mikecz)

Patterned Peacock Print by Twoems on Etsy (Melanie Mikecz)

Nine Circles Art Print by Twoems on Etsy (Melanie Mikecz)

Uh Oh Shark Print by Twoems on Etsy (Melanie Mikecz)

Funky Russian Architecture Print by Twoems on Etsy (Melanie Mikecz)

Too Tall Giraffe Print by Twoems on Etsy (Melanie Mikecz)

My favourite has to be the 'Uh Oh Shark Print'. Melanie's creatures have plenty of personality! Melanie is based in San Francisco in the US, and these colourful prints (and many more) are available at Melanie's store Twoems on Etsy.

A huge thanks to Melanie Mikecz for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illustration and Surface Design Blog permission to publish these images.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Printed Fashion: Mini Boden Autumn Winter 2012

All kinds of chaos kept me from my beloved blog over the last few days, but back to it now with Mini Boden's Autumn/Winter collection which I have been looking forward to for some time. This season I am most inspired by some knitwear items which are unbelievably cute featuring sweet graphics, well chosen colours, and handsome stripes. I'm also drawn to a couple of colourful prints, particularly two bold modern florals. Lovely! See for yourself:

Mini Boden, Autumn Winter 2012

Mini Boden, Autumn Winter 2012

Mini Boden, Autumn Winter 2012

Mini Boden, Autumn Winter 2012

Mini Boden, Autumn Winter 2012

Mini Boden, Autumn Winter 2012

Mini Boden, Autumn Winter 2012

I've shown you a few of my favourites from Mini Boden but I've barely touched on the extensive range available. There are also new Autumn collections in the Johnnieb range for teenagers, as well as Boden for women and men, so check it all out at the Boden website!

Many thanks to the Boden Press Office for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illustration and Surface Design Blog permission to publish these images.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Surface Designer Elizabeth Olwen

I have been following the work of designer Elizabeth Olwen since learning of her on Print & Pattern last month. Elizabeth is based in Toronto, Canada and is a graphic designer by trade. She has been working at that for the past ten years but has always worked on patterns as a personal hobby. Last year she took a sabbatical and went to Berlin to see what would happen creatively. She found that pattern was still truly at the heart of her creative passions and was thrilled to discover that there is actually an industry for it. She says it was a magical day when she discovered the field of 'surface design'!

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

 
Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Definitely one to watch, Elizabeth is currently taking the online course The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design and says she is 'having a blast!' She intends to take another sabbatical and focus solely on making patterns and developing her portfolio. Elizabeth is drawn to flowers and organics of all shapes and sizes. She hand draws patterns, produces them digitally, and often does a combination of both. On her website it states that Elizabeth's work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes. Judging by what I have seen of her work so far, she appears to be doing exactly that.



Patterns by Elizabeth Olwen

 Elizabeth has a website, and keeps a blog that she updates regularly with fresh designs. It is well worth subscribing to, and I can't wait to see how her current study influences her design. I think we'll be seeing plenty more of Elizabeth Olwen, and I'm sure I'll continue to like it.

A huge thanks to Elizabeth Olwen for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illustration and Surface Design Blog permission to publish these images.