Entries Tagged as 'Inspiration'

Animated GIFs

Dec 15, 2014

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In the 1990’s animated GIFs appeared on almost all personal webpages. They were in the form of explosions, spinning globes, envelopes sending mail, and of course spinning “under construction” signs. If you need a reminder of what the Internet looked like in the 1990’s, head over to DPGraph, a 1997 website for photorealistic graphing software.

 

More recently, though, the animated GIF has made a comeback as a niche art form. It’s become a new medium for illustrators to create endless loops, or comic strips with subtle animations. Photographers are also embracing the medium, dubbed the “Cinemagraph” by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg.

 

Here are a few of my favourite examples that illustrate how artists have embraced the medium, and help us forget the ridiculous dancing cat GIFs of the 1990’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Chestnut

Dec 12, 2014

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CONFETTI

 

Jill Sawatsky is one of those completely magnetic people. Spritelike with contagious enthusiasm, she projects happy vibes. She lives in Winnipeg where she designs *and makes* a collection of clothing which is sold under the moniker Tony Chestnut.

 

Tony Chestnut was born in Vancouver with its’ first incarnation being a “mini collection” of items presented as a part of Jill’s graduation project from Fashion School. After moving back to Winnipeg in 2006 the collection has grown into season after season of pretty / pretty perfect pieces.

 

Winnipeg girls are the luckiest (for many reasons) the most of which is that we have first dibs on Tony Chestnut wears (for those who don’t have proximity on their side, Tony Chestnut is online). Many of us take full advantage – Jill has a very loyal following of girls and women that buy out her pieces as fast as she can make them. The best part about Tony Chestnut is that every item just works – works for every shape, every age and every style.

 

TUNIC

 

Do you consciously try to present collections of items that can easily fold into any woman’s wardrobe? Or is it an almost meta result of the effortlessness of your aesthetic?

i definitely try to put clothes together that can be folded into an existing wardrobe! it’s no secret that i like layers, and so when i put together the styling for a new collection, i’m always thinking of different ways to wear an item… which jeans to wear underneath, which mens shirt’s collar to have popping out, etc. I think that i always design garments around piling them up with peoples’ classics that they can’t live without. i don’t want to change the way people dress, i think i just want to enhance it and give it some attitude and a silhouette.

 

Where do you draw your biggest influence?

my biggest influences are drawn from watching people go through life. i love to watch (women, primarily) taking on challenges, orchestrating their priorities, learning, failing, kicking ass, and just expressing themselves. that makes me do what i do. i feel like i want to kind of help women feel a sense of capability in their day-to-day lives, and giving them great clothes to wear is a tangible and exciting way for me to do that.

 

Sheer Frock

Sheer Frock

 

Are there any fashion designers that you’re currently enamoured with? What about from the past? Anyone who has really influenced your work?

hmmm, fashion designers. here’s my favourites:

-marni for quirky textures/patterns
-anne demeulemeester for interesting shapes and silhouettes
-chloe for modest femininity
-alexander wang for classic androgynous sexy
-stella mccartney for being so damn smart

 

individual looks that i feel inspired by are the smart cosmopolitan women from the 70s that don’t wear makeup… the women in annie hall, manhattan (i guess most woody allen movies), but also my great aunts from that time. smart women.

 

i’m also incredibly inspired by old mennonite men and women. the uber modest colours and shapes mixed with the necessity for functionality just GETS me. i feel as though i’m always striving for ways to integrate those looks and the feeling of those people into something more high fashion and evolved. theres a humour in it for me, and i like a good dose of humour and irony in with my beauty :)

 

I have always been interested in fashion, because I truly believe that clothing has transformative properties. Do you feel this way or do you have a less weighty relationship to garments?

i definitely agree with your opinion of clothing having transformative properties. that is a well-put statement! i also think that i see the notion of fashion as a means of art inside a vehicle of necessity. it’s clothing! you have to wear it anyway, so treating it as a means of expression is just pragmatic. not many other mediums of art are also a basic necessity.

 

I love that the shapes you work with, for the most part, leave space between the garment and the body – what draws you to this silhouette?

i feel like there are lots of reasons why i make clothing with generous shape/volume. paramount, being that i just like how it looks. as i mentioned before, i love layers, and the look of textile falling off of a frame, creating movement, whether it’s rigid or fluid, equals beauty to me.

 

i also love the idea of a woman being able to wear a garment in a way that is only her own. it’s thrilling to me to see a garment really WORK on a size 0 woman, and then take on a different shape on a plus sized woman. fabric and volume allow this to happen. i like the idea of malleable clothing, and making a garment work in order to suit your body.

 

i have also come to terms with the fact that, although it seems brazenly cliche to say so, that i just like being able to prove that a woman can be dead sexy when she is covered up. women’s bodies have the most beautiful shape, and playing with the notion of showing parts of that shape, while hiding other parts underneath something beautiful– well, it goes back to what i said earlier about liking beauty with some irony.

 

SWEATSHIRTDRESS

 

I must make it known that you have some of the cutest kids around. How has being a mother affected your work? Has it? Has your personal style evolved as you’ve grown up, had kids? Has Tony Chestnut evolved alongside?

my kids have changed everything about me! and that definitely includes my work and my personal style. as every mom will admit, when it comes to dressing yourself for a day with kids, functionality is key. pockets, easy fabrics, simple (forgiving) shapes, and easy care. really, these were all things that mattered to me before having children as well, but children have a way of amplifying EVERYTHING, including your daily dressing needs :)

 

so, as i design clothing, i have that in mind. whether your challenge that you’re considering in dressing for your day is children, or a rigorous commute, or a long and taxing day of work… whatever it is, i want to make clothing for these women. not just moms. women that work their asses off. and that definitely includes moms.

 

i have always had a very androgynous sense of style, and overall look, and actually think that I’ve veered even more that way since having kids. my body changed to become more feminine, and with that i almost fought harder to hold onto a boyish look.

 

Although I am sure you love it all, what is one piece from your most recent collection that you love to wear the most?

my favourite garment from the collection is definitely the sheer frock. i just think it’s the perfect marriage of quirky and impractical (a sheer, midi length, shift shaped romper? what?) and gloriously effortless. **EQ3 note – I too have this dress and wear it religiously – it’s fair to say every girl should own one**

 

the garment i’ve worn the most from this collection, however, would have to be the sweatsuit dress. the name says it all.

 

Do you prefer dinner, or dessert?

what is dinner without dessert?? you cannot have one without the other! just as i like my beauty with humour, i like my red meat with a healthy side of dark chocolate. xo.

 

For those living in Winnipeg make sure to check out Jill’s sale tomorrow!
Saturday, dec 13.
10am-5pm
In the luckygirl studio at 70 Albert st (above hoopers).

EQ3 Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 30, 2014

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Feeling stumped on what to get that last person on your list? Here’s our creative teams top picks for this holiday season!

 

Allison: Coast Marble Cheese Board

My pick is the Coast Marble Cheese Board. It’s a classic design that fits any décor and at $19.99, it comes with an affordable price tag. It’s also super functional for holiday party season. The natural marble keeps cheese cool.

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Heather: Gusto Tea Light Holder

It’s the perfect accessory to cozy-up a small space on a chilly December evening.

Gusto Tea Light Holder

Ben: Sagaform Luva Shot Glasses

These playful red shot glasses on wooden bases are a bold combination of materials, and add a festive touch to holiday cheers.

Sagaform Luva Shot Glasses

Nina: Spot Wall Knobs

The Spot Wall Knobs are a super fun way to add both colour and function to a space. The brand new Spot Wall Knob in white marble offers a more sophisticated look but still pairs well with the bright colours.

Spot Wall Knob

Alex: Marimekko Hauki Oven Mitten

I may not be able to pronounce the name but I love this oven mitt. The illustration reminds me of the late/great Charley Harper’s wildlife illustrations.

Marimekko Hauki Oven Mitten

Paul: Kaleb Task Lamp

If you know anybody who has ever worked at a desk, then this is the gift for them.

Kaleb Task Lamp

Thom: Alessi Todo Cheese Grater

The Todo Giant Grater by Richard Sapper is a clever take on a typically dull kitchen utensil. The atypical height of the cheese grater was inspired by Sapper’s experience at home – grating cheese for his family’s dishes – measuring the length of one stroke along a grater, to satisfy one proper serving. I’ve never thought twice about a cheese grater until coming across this one. The Todo is an ideal holiday gift for those who admire thoughtful, functional goods for their kitchen.

Alessi Todo Cheese Grater

Madi: Klere End Table

Although I did design this piece, I have an altruistic appreciation for its functionality and “cool girl” aesthetic. I would love to wrap her up under the tree so that all my friends and family would have the perfect place to stash their books + magazines this holiday season.

Klere End Table

Enri: Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

Three reasons: it works; it is easy to clean unlike most lemon juicers, and it is a beautiful object in your kitchen.

Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

Still can’t decide? Choose an EQ3 gift card now available online here!

Klere

Nov 7, 2014

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Designing a collection of furniture is a challenging task to embark upon. Not specifically in relation to the sheer scope of work required (which is daunting) but more so the requirements of the project, constantly simmering in the back of your mind, that threaten to quash your ideas.

 

To make a real life comparison, designing such a group, comes down to balancing your metaphorical wardrobe in such a way that it includes those Céline shoes as well as a winter coat. You want the shoes but you need the coat.

 

The Klere collection was a lesson in said balance.

 

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The project brief requested a white collection that spanned from bedroom to occasional and would appeal to a teenager and her grandma – no unnecessary adornment, something beautiful yet affordable.

 

We wanted each piece in the collection to have a distinct point of view, while needing to produce a multi-sku collection that would embody that quintessential white group that can work for anyone in any space, anywhere. We wanted this group to sit easily alongside existing EQ3 pieces while needing it to look amazing together.

 

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Thanks in part to my love of  contradictions, I kept coming back to the idea of pairing stark white pieces with some of our heavy wood items. I loved the dramatic contrast between the two materials.

 

 

 

It was the latter want that became the starting point for the concept which grew into finding subtle ways to integrate introduce that dramatic quality into the pieces themselves. Opposing feelings, materials and forms create dynamic connections and we challenged ourselves to create such connections while working with the constraints of one color and two materials. Focusing in on creating interest through contrasting elements allowed us to achieve the elements we wanted while fulfilling our requirements.

 

We looked outside of furniture for images that captivated the feelings we hoped to exude.

 

Can we create a tactile dialogue without adding soft materials?

 

 

 

Custom drawer pulls with soft closing slides create a play between physical and mechanical interaction.

 

 

 

Can a smooth white surface be layered to simulate texture?

 

 

Layers of MDF and metal play with one another through relief detailing and set-backs creating shadowing and alluding to the textural component we desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Can something stark seem inviting?

 

 

 

 

How can we make something both serious and playful?

 

 

Off-kilter cuts and functional storage lend a dual personality to some of the otherwise serious elements of the collection.

 

 

 

Ginger Apple Cocktail

Nov 5, 2014

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AppleGingerCocktail-3_working3Crisp Champagne Glass – Buy it here

 

Here’s a simple autumn inspired cocktail using fresh apples, pear vodka, and ginger ale! You will need to make a simple honey syrup by combining two parts honey to one part boiling water. Stir to dissolve and allow to it cool slightly.

 

In a cocktail shaker add:
– 1 oz pear flavoured vodka
– .75 oz lime juice
– .75 oz honey syrup
– 3 slices of fresh apple

 

Use a muddler to break up the apple slightly, and to combine the ingredients. Add a hand full of ice and shake to combine. Pour into a glass on top of fresh ice and top it up with ginger ale. Add a thin apple slice to the rim as garnish and Enjoy!

 

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