zondag 21 augustus 2016

Explore Brač - Milnarski style

Smrka bay
Brač is just one of the splendid islands of Croatia.
Island Brač, the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands, the third largest among the Adriatic islands; area 394.57 sq km; population 13,824. It is separated from the mainland by the Brac Channel, from the island of Solta by the so-called Splitska Vrata (Split Gate) and from the Island of Hvar by the Hvar Channel.
The highest peak of the island, Vidova Gora (Vitus' Mount) (778 m), is also the highest peak of all Croatian islands. The limestone part of the coast is rocky and steep, while the rest is rather low and sandy (on the southern side from Farska to Bol, and on the northern side from Sutivan to Supetar).

Although Bol may be the most popular place on the island, there are more precious treasures to discover such as the hidden bay of Smrka (see the images in the post).
Best way to discover the raw beauty of Brač is with Milnarski 'Explore Brač Island Tour'.

Milnarski is the lifestyle of the family farm Tomas through which they see their life's motivation and love of nature.
Tomas Family's products are created primarily for their own use and for that they have maximum quality and originality with wich they provide all parties interested in the brand.

The family has produced lamb meet and sheep cheese, cherished the centuries old olive trees and new plantations, old vineyards and planted new ones for future generations. They grow almond trees, apples, figs and various citrus which have provided the family with original delicacies by old and new recipes.
The best way to experience the family story and the beauty of the island is to go with them on a half day off road tour where you can explore with us Brač’s varied landscape and finish your day by tasting our best products.

If you plan to visit Croatia, you will not regret it if you go Milnarski style.


Some impressions

Split harbour where you can take a ferry to various islands
The Baroque bell tower of St. George's church in Ložišća


Opening STUDIO ÇEDILLE DESIGN in Maastricht

Designer Françoise Oostwegel opens her own studio / store 'STUDIO ÇEDILLE DESIGN' in the stylish heart of Maastricht. Located in Minckelersstraat 16, STUDIO ÇEDILLE DESIGN will not only funcion as Oostwegel's studio but also as store that offers other young designers a platform to sell their work. Therefore this store is a must-see feature to Maastricht's shopping experience.

Françoise Oostwegel graduated from MAFAD in 2014 and since then, she successfully exhibited her work at various events and galleries. She is mostly known for her graduation project, a lamp titled 'ZUID' (south) and the lounge chiar FYRSTA.

'The lamp “ZUID” tells the story about the Limburg province in the South of The Netherlands. The characteristics of the Limburg province are brought to life in my lamp like the shape, material and colors.
 The traditional timbered houses and mining lamps inspired me for the shape of the lamp.
 The octagonal shape gives it a sleek design and is made out of wood. For the wood I selected a Limburg style type of oak wood. It has a beautiful wood grain and oak trees grow in my hometown – Houthem. The lamp can have multiple functions. The handle enables the user to move it around and create light in places most desired. The basic and natural materials give it a nice and clean look and make this piece very versatile.'



Frank Ocean - Blond

'Blonde,' the long-awaited new full-length album by Frank Ocean is out. A list of collaborators includes Andre 3000, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Arca, Fish, Gang of Four and even David Bowie and the Beatles.
The first single from Blond is 'Nikes'. The song pays tribute to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old shot by George Zimmerman.
The cover is shot by photographer Wolfgang Tillmans.

Listen to the album: here.

01 Nikes
02 Ivy
03 Pink + White
04 Be Yourself
05 Solo
06 Skyline To
07 Self Control
08 Good Guy
09 Nights
10 Solo (Reprise)
11 Pretty Sweet
12 Facebook Story
13 Close to You
14 White Ferrari
15 Siegfried
16 Godspeed
17 Futura Free

dinsdag 16 augustus 2016

The Refugee Nation

A nation to pay a tribute to the refugee athletes in the Olympics, and all refugees in the world.

Every nation is represented with a flag, but what about the ten refugees competing at the Rio Olympics under the aegis of Refugee Nation. So the Syrian artist and refugee Yara Said set about designing the team's new flag, characterized by allover safety orange and a single black stripe — inspired by that symbol of many asylum-seekers' harrowing journey, the lifejacket.

The Refugee Nation project, with support from Amnesty International, has also produced a logo for the refugee athletes in black or orange on white, as well as a national anthem, written by composer and Syrian refugee Moutaz Arian.

Our flag was designed and made by Yara Said, an artist and Syrian refugee now living in Amsterdam. After graduating at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University, Yara had to leave her own country to search for a safer place to live.
 "A black and orange (colors of the life vests) is a symbol of solidarity for all those who crossed the sea in search of a new country. I myself wore one, which is why I so identify with these colors—and these people." - Yara Said


maandag 15 augustus 2016

Looking back to FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Highlights of the 8th edition of the international fashion festival in Maastricht (The Netherlands).
Music: Telefunksoul & Braap - Check It Out

maandag 18 juli 2016

Tina Gorjanc turns Alexander McQueen's DNA into leather designs

Central Saint Martins graduate Tina Gorjanc proposed a conceptual range of leather accessories made of skin grown from late fashion designer Alexander McQueen's DNA.

Recently she presented her “Pure Human” project in an exhibition, using products made of pig skin to show what the final items could look like. 

The Pure Human range uses DNA sourced from labels in McQueen's first collection, Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims, which contain locks of the designer's hair housed in perspex.
After extracting the genetic material and implementing it into a cell culture, Tina process involves harvesting the cells into skin tissue. This would be tanned and processed into human leather with the view to using it in bags, jackets and backpacks.

“With the tattoos and manipulation of freckles and sunburning, I wanted to showcase the material. I think that was really important in terms of getting this connection between the jacket and McQueen.”

 "The Pure Human project was designed as a critical design project that aims to address shortcomings concerning the protection of biological information and move the debate forward using current legal structures."
"If a student like me was able to patent a material extracted from Alexander McQueen's biological information as there was no legislation to stop me, we can only imagine what big corporations with bigger funding are going to be capable of doing in the future. Furthermore, the project explores the ability of the technology to shift the perception of the production system for luxury goods as we know it and project its implementation in our current commercial system."

Courtesy, http://www.tinagorjanc.com

zondag 17 juli 2016

Alya Hessy at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Alya Hessy, graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2015, operates in the world between the body and textiles.

Born in Ukraine, living in the Netherlands and fascinated by Japan, Alya explores the realms of politics, philosophy and physicality through making objects, writing and performing. She seeks emptiness as a way of letting go of the pre-defined and allowing multiple interpretations.

At the Heritage exhibition at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016 she presented a 'knitting performance' with aim to explore the physicality of knitting.

"The work explores knitting as a concept, whereby this heritage craft becomes a model of human relationships. 
Two entities, working together, create a material. Two human bodies start moving to become knitting needles, the choreography of knitting unfolds into space and materialises into a story of two people collaborating"

Q&A with Alya Hessy

In what projects are you involved at this moment?
I am exploring new possibilities through collaborations with inspiring people. I am resear ching the meaning of craft through history and now. And I am still trying to figure out life, ha-ha!

Who are your artistic influences or inspirations and why? 
Louise Bourgeois: incredibly consistent, stubborn and mischievous. Kenya Hara about the concept of emptiness as an opening of possibilities. Japanese spaces, gardens, poetry. Roland Barthes “ The Empire of Signs” – a collection of refined witty essays on various aspects of emptiness in Japanese culture.

Finding your own voice is difficult, where and how do you find your personal creativity (before you start designing; during the design process)? 
I use my background in computer programming for collecting, analysing and dissecting data, extracting the essence. I combine it with an intuitive approach to feel the quality of the material and find a way of shaping it.

What do you want to communicate with your designs in general?
Make space.
Take your time.
Look. Listen.

Can you tell us something about the project you presented at the FASHIONCLASH Festival? Together with a choreographer and my co-performer Pavlos Marios Ktoridis we will explore the physicality of knitting. It is a durational performance, which we performed during the Heritage Exhibition.

"A seemingly simple action, a whole range of human emotions, growing material: human relationship as a garment."

Why have you decided to participate at FASHIONCLASH Festival?
The topic Heritage triggered me, as for the performance (that will be shown on the festival) I work with an old heritage craft of knitting. In my work I strive for emptiness (multiple possibilities). It is exciting to place this work in yet another context, that of fashion.

More about Alya and her work here: http://www.alyahessy.com

Nida Gönül at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

With A Twist' by Nida Gönül

On Reimagining Footwear with the Zembil Method and Innovative Materials 

'With A Twist' focuses on reimagining contemporary luxury footwear construction and components through employing 'Zembil', a heritage basketry technique from Bafra. in north of Turkey. The original basket making technique dates back to approximately 250 years and is a complete non-waste process using corn husk, a by-product of local farming industry as the cover material.

To create the collection, this plant fiber was replaced by sustainable and innovative materials suited to footwear production; the bacteria spun tissue cellulose tissue, Kombucha leather and %100 Bio-degradable man-made leather innovation from Turkey for uppersand recycled bicycle inner tubes for the soles. Like the baskets inspiring the collection, each shoe is a single unit construction that is made with a continous weave wrapped on a continuous base, combining the upper and the sole together in one unit.



Javier Durango at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

by Javier Durango 

Gestos Auríferos (auriferous gestures) consist of a series of conceptual and sculptural pieces for the hands, that portray: the story of the artisanal gold miner Américo Asprilla, his connection with the earth, his gold extraction ritual, his labor sacrifice and the importance of his hands. Auriferous gestures, intends to raise awareness towards the importance of the artisanal gold mining extraction, our artisan miners and the vulnerable afro descendent community from the Colombian Pacific.

The Barequeo or artisanal gold mining in “Agua Clara” (Colombian Pacific village) is a family extraction tradition that has as a priority to preserve the environment. This practice has passed from generation to generation, from the first Afro community in the country and has now become essential in their cultural heritage. All their social, economic and even spiritual activities are linked to Barequeo, making it their life nucleus and becoming part of their identity as a community. This traditional method of gold extraction from an almost forgotten community should be seen as an example for others to follow and as a viable solution for an overexploiting industry blind sighted by ambition.

Emiliana Pontonutti at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

'Unlocked' by Emiliana Pontonutti at Heritage exhibition at FASHIONCLASH Festival 

"Unlocked is a research inside the concept of beauty and fetish via the hair. The reason that leads me to investigate this material comes from the natural properties of hair. It may be a seductive element on the head but at the same time it has the ability to create disgust or perversion when viewed as waste, for example in the mouth, in the bath drain or on the floor. My research into fetishism, artefacts, surrealism and beauty have resulted in a multiplicity of objects and conceptual shoes. Some have been developed into “wearable” shoes while others are produced solely as functional art objects.

My work aims to overturn the classical idea of shoes through the introduction of innovative and extreme materials, creating objects and shoes with specific functions where human hair is the vehicle. The resulting objects serve as an example of new functional possibilities in the approach or in the construction of shoes. Through this process I tried to visualize how objects can become an element on a shoe while others are made to be more sculptural artefacts."

Emiliana is an Italian footwear designer based in London. First she did her BA in Fashion Design in Italy at I.U.A.V and later she specialized in footwear completing her Master degree in Footwear at London College of Fashion in 2016. Emiliana is fascinated by anything that stimulates her imagination and constantly in search of new emotions.

Photography by Team Peter Stigter

Jivika Biervliet at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Jivika Biervliet teamed up again with jewelry designer Peter Hsieh for the presentation of her new collection at FASHIONCLASH Festival.

For this collection Jivika was inspired by her my Indian roots, translating it into daring color palette, drapings, silhouettes and styling.

Q&A with Jivika Biervliet

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer?
It actually happened very accidentally. When I was 18 I subscribed for an art contest and chose to design a fashion collection while I had never designed anything. So I just did it and teached myself really quickly how to sew, and then I won (it was a really bad collection). After that I did and entrance exam at the HKU and in 2010 I graduated in the course Fashion Communication. Right after that I started to focus on menswear.

In what projects are you involved at this moment? It's something really cool and such a big honor. Ruben, the shoe designer I'd worked together with for FASHIONCLASH Festival 2015 edition, asked me to design his wedding suit. He's going to marry in September!

How would you define fashion?
I believe fashion is about freedom, it's a way to express ourselves without words

Who are your artistic influences or inspirations and why?
I always listen to hiphop, the whole day, every day, so I believe this influences me because it brings me in the right mood.

Finding your own voice is difficult, where and how do you find your personal creativity (before you start designing; during the design process)?
It happens in my head and starts with a feeling which I want to share and just start. And I really need to be alone during the start so I can work from my intuition.

What challenges did you face during the design process? Working with colors!
Most of the times I work with black. I also always wear black and think in black silhouettes so it was quite a challenge to do this differently. I started with not wearing black. People who know me and saw me walking with all these colors got confused, haha

What do you want to communicate with your designs in general? No rules

Can you tell something about the collection you presented at the FASHIONCLASH Festival? This time I will collaborate again with jewelry/accessory designer Peter Hsieh, we have also worked together for the 2015 edition. It will be colorfull and shiny, with Indian influences.

Why have you decided to participate again at FASHIONCLASH Festival? 
Because it's always too much fun, it's inspiring and they offer us many opportunities. This is the fifth time I participate at FCF, third time with a show.
What can we expect from you at the festival?
Men, colors and good vibes!

Can you tell us something about your heritage?
My parents are from Suriname, my mother has Indian roots and my father is completely mixed. I am raised with Hinduism and Catholicism and believe everything is on.

How is the theme Heritage related to your work (can be also preferred to previous work)?
For this collection I was inspired by my Indian roots, you can find this back in the colors, the drapings, the silhouettes and the styling.

If you could trade your heritage, for what would you trade it?
 I wouldn't trade it, I appreciate it that I'm raised with different cultures. I think this is also a great thing from The Netherlands, that so many different cultures are living together in such a small country. Only thing which I think it's really sad, that there is still not acceptance everywhere between these cultures, while we can learn so much from each other. 

What’s a standard day for you? Get up at 7:15, meditate in bed, open my curtains backwards with one eye open, pray, drink coffee, turn on the music, work, and ending the day with a yoga class.

Vegan, vegetarian, healthy diet or any food will do?

What’s your favourite song, food and movie at the moment?
All time favourite song: D'Angelo - Cruisin', this is also my alarm to wake up.

Favourite food: Chocolate sorbet ice cream.

Favourite Movie: E.T. & Gone Girl.

What is your bad habit?
 I can miss people very badly, it can be so bad that I dream about someone every night for months.

What’s your favourite city? Amsterdam, because my sister and her kids live there.

What/Who do you miss the most when you are not at home? 
My family, friends and the yoga classes.

Read more about Jivika and her brand: http://www.jivikabiervliet.com

All images Team Peter Stigter

Alan Vega

Suicide’s Alan Vega and Martin Rev

Alan Vega, Suicide frontman and electronic music pioneer, dies aged 78 

The group recorded five studio albums, Suicide (1977), Suicide: Alan Vega and Marin Rev (1980), A Way of Life (1988), Why Be Blue (1992) and American Supreme (2002).
Their self-titled 1977 album, which was recorded in four days, was No 39 on online music publication Pitchfork’s greatest albums of the 1970s list and Rolling Stone placed it on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Suicide’s aggressive synthesiser rock has been cited as an influence by bands such as Radiohead, U2, New Order and Depeche Mode, electronic acts such as Daft Punk and Aphex Twin, and Bruce Springsteen, who covered their song Dream Baby Dream on his 2014 album, High Hopes.

Alan Vega

Karim Adduchi - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam

'She lives behind the courtyard door' is a poetic and personal; story behind the collection of Karim Adduchi who was put on a big stage at the FashionWeek in Amsterdam.
Just one year after the graduation from Rietveld Academy, his striking approach to mix his Berber heritage with fashion design, got him favoured by the audience.
Inspired by the traditional clothing of the Berber culture Karim showcased a beauty of the multicultural world, providing a new proposal for the contemporary women with a somehow forced strive for modernity.
It is exactly his approach that makes him one-to-watch in the Dutch fashion scene, expressing perhaps what is missing sometimes in the Dutch fashion scene; the richness of the multicultural society.
My problem is only, although this was a beautiful opening show, is it responsible to give young designers such a big stage in the very early phase of their carreer. We have seen often designers overdesigning and multiplying the collection to provide enough content. Most of them vanish after one or two seasons. Perhaps a smaller collection with more focus would have given him more attention for his talent? Eventually we wish for the talented designer not only to jump but to fly from the springboards we provide.


donderdag 14 juli 2016

Eliran Nargassi - Spring Summer 2017

Saturday Night 

The collection for SS17 is the third collection that revolves around religion and secularism. The SS17 collection was inspired by the moment that separated between the holiness of the Sabbath and the weekdays, according to the Jewish religion. While designing the collection I tried to illustrate the transition to the weekdays and the return to the work routine through the textile I chose for the collection which is mostly Denim and more subtle variations in forms of Cotton, Linen and other natural materials that characterize Denim. In order to emphasize the holiness of the Sabbath I used a tailored, festive and clean language, one that characterizes the Sabbath.

Lookbook credits
Photographer: Merav Ben Loullou
Model: Tor Vardimon Gudnason


Marija Kulušić at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Meet Marija Kulušić,  the award winning and promising fashion designer from Croatia. She graduated from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology with an MA in costume design. She showed her latest collection  "Layer on" at the FASHIONCLASH Festival in Maastricht.

Unlike many designers from Eestern Europe, Marija has a modern approach for contemporary women's wear. By deconstructing garments she created a layered collection that offers multiple options to the wearer. She used materials like cashmere, cotton, viscose, satin, and velour.

Q&A with Marija Kulušić

How was your experience at FASHIONCLASH Festival?
There are no better words than fashion clash to describe FASHIONCLASH Festival, and that's what I loved the most. So many various aestetics in one place, so many talented, positive and supportive people. Designers who support and help each other, that is something you can't find so easy these days.

Can you tell something about the collection you presented at the FASHIONCLASH Festival?
 "Layer on" collection deals with the human body and especially with the surface of the body- skin. Changes of the skin, chronic and temporary conditions such as vitiligo, stitches, wrinkles, etc. The human body is transitioned into the different shapes. Layered garments are complemented with belts that allow various ways to wear them. Various hand-made techinques are included in the collection such as dyeing fabrics, eyelets and silk ruffles shaped by hand.

What are your plans for near future?
I am not the one who makes certain plans and hold on to it. I prefer to go day by day and see where it gets me but I will expand my horizont, look abroad for opportunities. At the moment I know for sure that I will work on developing my brand in the near future; that is the main thing.


All images by Team Peter Stigter


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