SAVIA is a clothing and textile art project founded by sisters Fabiana and Patricia Persia. They are one of a group of seven designers based in Santiago, Chile, under the collaborative name of Moda Lenta de Chile, or Slow Fashion Chile. The group comprises of a range of talented Chilean fashion, accessories and jewelry designers, invested in taking the time to design slowly and with care. SAVIA produce a contemporary, handcrafted collection of unique, organic designs with an ethnic sensiblity, made from the highest quality raw materials. (Sass Brown)
From its beginnings, Valentina De’ Mathà’s research has investigated the dynamic and unstable relationships between man and nature, through the perspective of mutation, inquiring into the laws of cause and effect which govern the fluctuations between these two poles and their metamorphosis. In this installation presented at the Limonaia di Villa Saroli, the artist once again focuses her attention on nature, borrowing its materials: earth, fruit, wine, water, and bread, are neatly arranged onto plates in a meticulously thought-out composition which delivers highly effective relationships of form, light and colour, capable of transporting the observer into a state of secluded contemplation and, at the same time, generating a synesthesia involving the various perceptive areas, relating senses of smell, touch and vision. It is a table of the senses, therefore, where the notions of caducity and transience suggested by the decay of the fruit are blended with the concept of rebirth offered by the fragile shoots which inhabit the plates. Built on binary associations, between life and death, the beginning and the end, but principally on the metamorphosis of the elements and the eternal dance of entropic disorder, this work suggests an awareness of the processes which are fundamental to us all.
Almost a counterpart to the “still life” genre, De’ Mathà’s nature is alive, expressing the sense of life, respect for nature’s cycles and its temporality, the total acceptance of the eternal wheel of life and death. The dichotomy between “food” and “nourishment”, alimentation and nutrition, body and soul, is investigated here with an attentive and disturbing look, and a reference to Lucretius who, in his De rerum natura exorcised the fear of death through a reference to a culinary image: “Those about to die”, Lucretius explains, “must think like a guest who is sated when the banquet ends: if life has been full of joy, then you can retreat from it like a guest who is full and happy after a rich banquet; while if life was marked by pain and sadness, there can be no sense in hoping for it to continue, dragging oneself through new sufferings”. This is an invitation to a lavish banquet of nourishment, more than simply food: we nourish ourselves with symbols and meanings, passions and emotions, transforming them into the joy of living, which is then donated once again to mother earth who feeds us with her fruits.
As Ludwig Feuerbach said:“We are what we eat”, but more importantly, we are what we nourish ourselves with, and what we nourish the world with. (Maria Savarese, independent curator)
Feral Childe is a bi-coastal design collaboration that consists of Moriah Carlson, based in Brooklyn, New York, and Alice Wu based in Oakland, California. The designers both hail from a fine arts background and produce a smart, wearable women’s wear collection, from sustainable materials, proudly manufactured in New York’s garment district. (Sass Brown)
This week we bring you Brooklyn design lab Paper No. 9, and their re-contextualization of paper as a fashion material. And who doesn’t love their little, but super chic “2am Clutch Bag.” (Sass Brown)
New eco-label Antithesis is just on their third collection and still in fundraising mode, while producing a modular, multi-functioning collection for the modern multi-tasking woman. (Sass Brown)
Artist & Photographer Roger Weiss shares his latest project, Human Dilatations.
The image of women of our times has been reduced to a pattern, a combination of codes and models that lead to the woman/individual instead of the other way around.
Human Dilatations does not fear the marks of frailness of the body and its imperfections, but rather encourages the female image to appear as a whole: a shape by itself, in a game of distortions that allows one to differently relate to the image, entirely detached from the stereotypical and hypocritical notion of beauty.
Bioneuma, an Italian based design house, evolved from the from the fusion of two shared passions, a belief in the organic movement as an eco-friendly lifestyle choice and a philosophy for living, coupled with a love of manufacturing clothing, enriched by years working in the fashion industry. The collection is made completely from organic cotton and natural un-dyed superfine alpaca, with an easy, comfortable, minimal aesthetic, with the emphasis on quality. (Sass Brown)
Re;code is a Korean brand specializing in upcycled fashion. Launched in March of 2012, they started from a place of consideration for the environment, and the realization that dead stock fabric and garments from major brands, including that of their own umbrella corporation, was being incinerated to protect brand integrity. (Sass Brown)
Stella Jean is a young Italian Haitian designer, born and working in Rome. Her refined collection of African waxed cotton prints evokes a retro fifties chic using men’s shirt fabric and expressed through an impeccable European cut. (Sass Brown)
Studio Ecocentric’s mantra is “true style is timeless.” They have based their entire company on it, producing an enduring vintage-inspired collection that embodies classic stylishness. Taking inspiration from the 1930’s through to the 1970’s, their main focus lies in the Hollywood classic era of the 40’s and 50’s, drawing from the timeless aesthetics of Lauren Bacall in Casablanca, and Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds. (Sass Brown)