Directed by Jared Hogan
Performance by Diego Ballesteros
It began few years ago when Russian Design magazine AD asked 5 leading designers to come up with pilot projects to save significant local industries from dying out of ideas. We wrote about Yar Misonzhnikov reinventing Vologda lace traditions. But today we put on review the only one project went in production
That was a redesign of classic Gzhel Porcelain Ceramics by then a designer and now art-director of Strelka Institute - Anna Kulachek. In 2015 together with HALF&HALF production firm, Anna released a small bunch of desert plates HALF&KULACHEK - the modern designs that use classical Gzhel colour motifs and geometrical patterns.
This autumn, the company decided to produce a limited supply of table version plates (27.5 cm) in two colours. Next year, the brand owners intend to continue the series with the same print, as well as produce cups, sugar bowls and other objects.
Designer Helena Bajaj Larsen left Paris to move to New York and attended Parsons School of Design. Her focus from the start has been on textile design and the exploration of a surface through print, knit and various other techniques. Outside of school, she tried to develop textile related skills as much as she could through internships (Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Mary Katrantzou for Embroidery, Thakoon) and workshops in India.
For her final terms in Parson she chose the topic of "khadi". Khadi constitutes an Indian homespun cotton cloth often referred to as “the fabric of social change” due to its crucial role in the Indian Independence movement led by Mahatma Gandhi. Her thesis by this very name is a contemporary take on an old story which is both close to her heart as it reflects her family history but also embodies her passionate relationship to textiles.
Recently, Helena was shortlisted as one of the top 20 finalists for the WGSN X ARTS THREAD Future Creator Award as well as one of the five selected brands (out of 600 applicants) of the Lakmé Gen Next Mumbai Fashion Week competition. Each year they select five young designers to showcase their work among established Indian designers at the country’s largest fashion event.
Photographer: Helena Bajaj Larsen
Model: Neloufar Taheri
Styling Assistant: Mary Raggazino
Our friends and Digital Decade partners - Depositphotos invited 19 digital artists to re-imagine legendary record covers
David Bowie, Aladdin Sane
Reimagined by Cy Tone
View all submissions on special page
OFFF Festival residents BROSMIND is a creative duo of brothers Juan and Alejandro Mingarro. During his childhood, Juan and Alejandro already formed a prolific creative pair that could be considered as the germ of what is now its visual and conceptual universe. This fact personifies the essence of Brosmind, and is of great importance both in the contents that generate and in the mechanics of work.
To make a retrospective of their work BROSMIND ran the exhibition "Working with a brother" this year. The retrospective reflected on the importance of the fraternal bond that exists between the brothers and described how the present work can be considered an extrapolation of the childhood creations.
In the creative industry, we are overwhelmed by abstract CGI animation, most of the times made using presets, most of the times without a concept.
FROM COLORS TO NONE is a research about 3 human steps through colours. Each step is represented by a basic geometric form: A circle, a square and a triangle. The circle is humanity, Square is coherence, Triangle is relationships. Nowadays, these 3 aspects are, day by day, chocked by our digital routine. Sometimes we feel like swimming in the sand, blinded by powder. But when it seems all black, we try to survive and research for a new balance. So we build our Color Machine from none. Cause, maybe, from none we come… and our life is 100% colourful :)
Famous Russian illustrator Evgeny Kiselev (hundreds of international projects) and design studio Sundukovy Sisters (for a moment! The duo did 30 hotels, over 60 restaurants, bars and cafes, over 70 offices, banks, shops interiors) were commissioned by Pullman Berlin hotel to refurbish their interiors using the flora and fauna motives due to the close location to Berlin Zoo
"A series of 3D illustrations inspired by traditional tattoo patterns. Tattoo culture has always been a fascinating environment to be part of. The skills and talents of the great traditional artists have always been a huge inspiration in my work." - Billelis
Romanian photography artist Ștefan Șerbănescu shares his figurative and same time abstract artworks
Dmitri Aske, a multidisciplinary Russian artist, has had a large solo show in Moscow RuArts Gallery. The exhibition entitled Through The Mist, which lasted from November, 2 till December, 2, included 24 plywood relieves created in the artist’s unique technique and 4 middle-sized plywood sculptures. Dmitri had worked on the series for nine months.
According to the artist, the title of the show describes the life of modern people who try to find their own way wandering through the informational mist. The characters of all the artworks exist in the state of uncertainty, doubts, second thoughts, anxiety concerning past and future, which lies behind the white noise of our digital age.
Dmitri Aske is a versatile Moscow artist and one of the main figures behind the Russian urban contemporary art movement. He started his career in 2000 from writing graffiti, later moving to graphic design and illustration. In mid-2000s, Dmitri had collaborated with Nike, Reebok, PlayStation, and the like making different art objects and graphics. He also used to be an Edior-in-Chief of one of the first Russian graffiti magazines and a co-founder of a street wear brand. Since 2015, Aske has dedicated himself full-time to art, creating plywood tile relieves, sculptures, and painting murals. In 2016, according to the InArt research, he was named 4th by the sum of auction sales among the young Russian artists. Apart from working in the studio, Dmitri runs an online magazine vltramarine.ru, as well as gives lectures on graffiti and street art.
Natalia has created more than 150 paintings throughout the course of her artistic career and is known for her powerful utilization of vibrant colors, unique visual schemes and patterns in creating original masterpieces that are hailed by art enthusiasts of every generation. Notably, Natalia holds a patent for her unique style of painting, which she has aptly named “TwiddleART.”
In the modern world, women’s beauty is associated with slim figures. If a woman falls far behind the standard and accepts the rules of this game, she starts torturing herself with sports, diets, and other restrictions. If the body of a woman is much bigger than the standard, it is considered abnormal. Such a pressure makes full-bodied women feel unhappy and inferior.
A full body can be beautiful, but people might have difficulties in seeing it. This is where art can assist. My works in TwiddleArt style (a technique of painting with swirls and twiddles) expand the feminine beauty ideal. The artwork catches the eye and makes one want to explore it. Through the paintings, people can see the beauty of curvy women and overcome the associated stereotypes.
Woman in a Chair, 2017
Woman on a Sofa
Photographer ZAKI Abdelmounim shares his neon view on the capital of the Risin Sun - Tokyo. During his 8-months journey, he was experimenting with various colour grading techniques that shifted from cyberpunk to vaporwave. We let author speak for himself below
"Tokyo's overwhelming visual presence is an all-out assault on your senses offering a strong immersive cyberpunk experience. A lot to process and too much to take in from the flashing neon lights, the sounds of the busy streets and train stations, and the commercial signs of every building It's downright surreal and truly catches the spirit of what a cyberpunk city would look like. Easily getting lost offers an unmatched thrill and sense of discovery, but a certain follower emerges at night will keep your company during your stroll in the rain."
"It's the "Talking Lights" in the labyrinth of alleys. The dimly-lit neon signs of hiragana and katakana trying to communicate with the fast-paced walkers bring a nostalgic air, and it's a beautiful sight to behold."
DCN Partners at Creative Debuts presents
For the fifth year running, The Art of Ping Pong has asked 27 artists to customise a ping pong bat to be auctioned for charity. This year’s charity is Trekstock, which provides social and practical support for people with cancer in their 20s and 30s across the UK.
This year’s roster of artists in full is Yoni Alter, Mr Bingo, John Booth, Emma Brewin, Fred Butler, Alison Carmichael, Sebastian Cox, Mr Doodle, Marina Esmeraldo, Emily Forgot, George Hardie, Nigel Howlett, Kev Munday, Neasden Control Centre, Nous Vous, Zuza Mengham, Hattie Newman, Charlie Oscar Patterson, Stina Persson, Saskia Pomeroy, Pref, Benedict Radcliffe,Gemma Shiel, Adam Simpson, Sam Taylor, Louis Trew and Celia Washington.
"In his recent series ‘The Circle and the Line’, Stockholm-based photographer Erik Östensson presents his viewer with subtle complexities in the setting of every day life. His poetic, performative images capture emotive interactions between people, objects and the landscape. In each image, all elements are somewhat intertwined and exist in harmony with one another, forming new relationships in materiality and form."
"Matelli's work is known for the juxtaposition of antique looking marble or concrete garden-like statuary, against abrupt hyperrealism embellishments. By contrasting these aged forms against unexpected decorations, such as cast bronze vegetables, fruit, meats and bread, the artist questions the value and purpose of classical figure. Turning them into a setting or a merely a pedestal for presenting common everyday objects, he shows his remarkable technical facility and a cautious romanticism. Both the aged feel of the statues and the freshness of the ornaments are created using elaborate fabrication process and peculiar materials. From meticulously cast and painted bronze that flawlessly depicts the bread texture or gradients of an apple peel, to use of cast glass to evoke the translucence of citrus flesh, Matelli continues to play with viewer's perception while presenting his iconoclastic temperament" —Sasha Bogojev
Photography: Denis Bychkovskiy / @denbych