Entries Tagged as 'Inspiration'

Behind the Scenes – EQ3 Spring/Summer 2015 Catalogue

Jan 27, 2015

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BTS – Climb Lifestyle – EQ3 S/S 15

 

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Break of dawn + shooting a Spring/Summer catalogue in January in Winnipeg.

 
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Gallery 2 in The Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art was our location for the Climb modular shelving system designed by Madi Cash.

 

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The architectural firms behind The Buhler Center where the Plug In ICA is situated are: David Penner Architects, DIN + PSAS.

 

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Thom stepped up to the plate and modelled his hands and feet like a boss!

 

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“I was doing design in the mornings and paintings in the afternoon, until the moment I knew I had to choose. It’s like having two boyfriends: it’s not possible.” Nathalie Du Pasquier

 

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Painting by Louis Balko 1992.

 

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The EQ3 S/S 2015 Catalogue drops in March – until then! Charles xoxo

 

Paper Craft

Jan 23, 2015

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It’s usually just before the holidays at EQ3 when we roll up our sleeves and build some sets for our holiday photo shoot. Throughout the year we were inspired by many amazing examples of paper craft. Our sets didn’t require the precise hand cutting, folding, and gluing of tiny decorative details. Instead, they were built build using large rolls of red seamless paper and foam core matte board. Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of one the sets, and the final image below it.

 

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Across the globe many designers and artists are producing inspiring works crafted from paper. Zim & Zou, in France, have been getting a lot of attention for their highly intricate paper craft, often made of vibrant fluorescent papers. They appeared on one of the covers of Icon Magazine in 2012, and more recently, are being noticed for their installations for Hermès Maison Shanghai.

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Sabeena Karnik, in Mumbai, spent over 100 hours designing and executing this cover for Crain’s Chicago Business magazine. She describes her technique as “paper sculpturing.”

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Here are a couple more of my recent favourites:

 

2014 Calendar by Nearly Normal

2014 Calendar by Nearly Normal

 

A-Type by Lobulo Design

A-Type by Lobulo Design

Winter Sauna

Dec 30, 2014

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While I grew up on the Canadian prairie, my family always celebrated the Scandinavian connection we had through my grandfather. His parents were immigrants from Scandinavia, and as their great-grandson I can’t speak any Scandinavian languages, but more and more I identify with their culture.  I feel as if my Scandinavian heritage has predisposed me towards saunas. I have always liked them. Whenever I am breathing in the hot fragrant air of a sauna, the combination of wood, fire, smoke and steam elicits a cerebral response in me and I can tell that this experience is imprinted somewhere way back in my psyche.

 

Residing in Winnipeg, a city which reaches winter temperatures that easily classify it as one of the coldest urban centres in the world, I’m a little envious of other Nordic countries like Finland where saunas are part of the everyday culture. What a powerful way to nullify the cold and embrace winter’s elements. As a designer, I’m attracted to the structures and spaces that make up the Finnish sauna experience too. Rough-hewn timber architecture, wood burning stoves, red hot stones, and rustic wooden furniture all create a primal yet sophisticated atmosphere. A cosmic, centuries-old spa treatment that always feels fresh and invigorating.

 

Winter sauna

 

Lately I’ve fantasized about the saunas my ancestors may have used. I imagine walking out through the snow towards my own savusauna early one frigid winter morning. The icy wind howls through my bathrobe, but I don’t mind because I know it’s only a few more steps away to the warmth of the sauna. Hot air welcomes me as soon as I step inside the timber cabin where the temperature is almost ninety degrees Celsius.  A large stack of rocks held above the woodstove is heated to glowing hot and a ladle of water from the bucket instantly sends a plume of steam rising from the rocks towards the ceiling. A few more ladles and the room is completely filled and cloudy. Sitting back on the wooden bench I inhale hot humid air and bathe in the steam.

 

Savusauna

 

After resting a while, I gently swat my back and legs using boughs of birch, a strange seeming gesture but I can feel built up tension in my muscles easing. The birch vahti also gives off a refreshing woody fragrance that adds another dimension to the bouquet of natural aromas in the cabin. The heat is almost overwhelming.  Moisture covers me, and my head and lungs seem steam saturated. I rise off the bench, and feeling slightly light headed, I steady myself for the bracing cold of the lake water dip that comes next.

 

Vihta

 

Uimareita varten tehty avanto jäällä.

Avanto

 

I hastily exit the savusauna and make a direct path towards the dark mouth of the avanto, a hole cut through the ice. Without hesitating, I plunge feet first into the super-chilled lake water and a collision of burning and tingling sensations electrify my body. I wait, bobbing in the dark water for a few moments to savour the dual sensations of warm inner core and icy skin surface. Bursting back up through the water’s surface I waste little time in grabbing my robe and towel while scrambling through the blowing snow back to my family’s farmhouse.

 

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Piirakka

 

Sitting by the crackling fireplace, I sip on chilled low-proof kalja and savour pork sausages and piirakk with crispy rye crusts. Through design and architecture systems which humans perfected centuries ago, the sauna’s confluence of fire, steam, heat and ice somehow transports me to a different mind space. Winter is lovely.

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.

 

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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).

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