Many artists and designers have been inspired by nature. In this blog post I will share a few contemporary textile creatives with you whose source of inspiration and material comes from nature and who then translate it into fascinating pieces.
Looking at American Dancer/Performer/Sculptor Artist Nick Cave it is really inspiring. He is best known for his “Soundsuits”, which are exciting wearable Textile pieces, almost sculptures that look whimsical, bright and other-wordly looking. He regularly performs in the sculptures himself, dancing either before the public or for the camera.
Wherever people come from or wherever people go, people’s culture and therefore identity is in a constant evolution, a change that looks back and forward in history. For this reason, appearance plays a very important role in that, clothing establishes a way of exteriorising our personality, our own identity and thereby our history. According to that, the inspiration for my work, usually comes from my curiosity on identifying elements from different cultures that have been appropriated for another different culture, and have been given a different meaning and appearance to the previous one, at the same time as trying to understand the reasons why this has occurred.
Looking for some colour inspiration, I have been recently looking at the early work of one of my favourite designers, Verner Panton. Although he is most famous for his Architecture, futuristic interiors and innovative use of materials, like plastic, for furniture. He developed an exciting collection of psychedelic and colourful Textiles.
I have recently discovered South African textile artist Willemien de Villiers. Her stitched work caught my attention because of the stories that she tries to tell through the materials she uses and the techniques to talk about the process of decay and disintegration, as well as the inevitable new growth and integration that follows.
Through my practice I have used techniques and processes that are specific to certain areas of design and tried to apply them into other fields to open new possibilities, most times these “experiments” result into mistakes, and some other times into “happy mistakes” that helps you to progress on your work, I find this way of working very creative and satisfactory.