Saturday, 12 February 2011

The Crafter’s Way 168 - Romantic in Nature

This week’s Messenger column - Romantic in Nature

Romantic in Nature is an exhibition opening on February 11 at Paris Design Living Robertson St. Fortitude Valley. This exhibition will feature the collaboration between Sandra Kane (Artist) & Jennifer Gifford (Fashion Designer).Together they will be showcasing Sandra’s fabric designs through the excitement and glamour of a Haute Couture Collection.Marbled Rose I

This is the first time the two ladies have worked together. Jennifer loved Sandra’s images and knew she wanted to be involved as soon as she saw them transferred to fabric. “When Sandra contacted me I was already a fan of her work and was very excited to hear of her plans to include fabrics in addition to her prints and cards”. Sandra was equally a fan of Jennifer’s work. “Jennifer released a ‘ready to wear collection’ at the same time I was developing my fabric designs, and I thought that our combined skills and taste would be a great match!”

For Sandra the process of taking her art work from beyond the traditional 2D presentation to fashion and interiors has been a long process. Researching different methods and manufacturers that could print on demand in an exclusive way with high quality fibres was a labour of love. “The process of making art wearable, akin to wearing your he[art] on your sleeve, blurring the lines between art, design and fashion was the motivating force”, says Sandra.Sandra Kane - My Sky is Torn III

Jennifer works predominantly in Bridal Couture and is always excited to get to work with vibrant and edgy fabrics and designs. Jennifer believes that Sandra has found a niche with these beautiful fabrics, “Sandra’s images are very captivating and evocative. I love her use of colour and composition. Once I saw them transferred onto different fabrics I knew I wanted to be involved in this collaboration.”

While this has been a first time collaboration the Ladies shared a vision of letting the individual art work shine through fabric design resulting in new art through fashion. To read the entire interview including more on the collaboration process please visit my blog The Ladies shared much fascinating information that you won’t want to miss.

The exhibition continues until the 25th February. The opening on the 11th is strictly a RSVP event: Contact Julie or Louise on 0421089983 & 0407557701.

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