Monday, 29 November 2010

Homage to Hannah

Hannah Marshall is a British designer who is taking the world by storm. Her designs are structural, striking and ingenius: she has a way of shaping fabrics in ways that other designers could only dream of. Her collection for Spring Summer 2011 combined futuristic, architectural lines with wistful, soft chiffons. We were very lucky to meet her when our song 'Drive' was used as part of her catwalk show at London Fashion Week in September. She is a wonderful designer and incredibly inspirational. I wanted to pay homage to her and so this chapter is purely dedicated to her designs. We hope to be seeing many more of her shows and watch her wow audiences far and wide.

'Drive' used for Hannah Marhall's Catwalk show for London Fashion Week September 2010:

Video by Rankin

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Photographic Techniques

Last week I went to 'Shadow Catchers' at the V&A Museum. Pierre Cordier was one of the artists exhibiting his photographs in the exhibition. His work inspired me to explore different photographic techniques. Cordier's work however, is more like printmaking than photography. His work is also known is 'Chemigraphy'. He uses photographic paper and developer to enhance the dark areas and uses fixer to create lighter tones. On the paper itself he uses products such as varnish, wax and glue to create the geometric patterns.

Pierre Cordier

Hand Coloured photos in Japan

Hand coloured photos became popular in Japan in the 1800's. Hand colouring refers to a variety of methods of manually adding colour to a black and white photograph to heighten its realism. Typically, watercolours, oils, paints or dyes are applied to the image surface.

The Holga Camera

The Diana Camera

The Pinhole Camera

The Lomography Camera

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Dear Victor

Since the dawn of the Alpines myspace, a striking image of a futuristic, tribal bust of a woman has made her mark on the page. I took the photo in Barbican, London over the summer. It was only a few days ago that I learnt the origin of the work of art: Victor Kaifas. Below are a few more of his works and a photo of his store. This chapter is for you Victor wherever you may be.