FALL WINTER 21 "CERAMIC ART"
Foreword by Naja Munthe
“Ceramics have always fascinated me. There is something so interesting about the different phases in creating this kind of artwork; The design, the shaping of the clay, the glazing and the burning. Ceramics are a material, from which everyone can make something of their own.
Working with clay teaches you many things, in particular patience and respect, and realizing that the material can have its own mind. Anyone working with ceramics requires a wealth of knowledge and painstaking skills, but also the ability to cope with failure – using it to grow as an artist. Analogous to being a fashion-designer, there are so many variables that need to come in line for the work to exist.
A good result requires creative abilities, good handicraft and knowledge about what to use for a specific glaze. And the glazing is notoriously tricky. If the coating is too thick or too thin, the desired results become impossible to obtain. If clay is too wet or too dry, it can collapse or crumble - and then there is the fire that will ultimately form the result in a way that is never totally predictable. But it is such a thrill to open an oven door after a work has been fired. There is so much hope and so much wonder. So when unexpected cracks and breakage occur, I experience disappointment, but also an acceptance that I am not always in control. The material has the final say over who you are as an artist. Thereby accepting the crashes, honoring and embracing them as an alternative.
I love creating things; Drawings, designs, ceramics, images and the list goes on and on. Trying something new is the best feeling in the world, but it is also the most trouble. It felt so good not always to know the outcome”.
Inspiration Fall Winter 2021
Ceramics is one of the most universal and earliest arts. Its purpose can be domestically decorative, ritualistic or pure artistic expression, with form and function varying hugely across time and cultures. The chemical reactions between clay and glaze can cause things like “shivering,” when a glaze cracks and flakes of a piece’s surface. The glazing spans over hundreds of varieties. Each piece is unique.
When it comes to creating prints that work across both clothing and the look of ceramic glaze, these styles are the go-to. A range of dresses, shirts, skirts and tops devoted to the variety of ceramic-coatings. The result is stunning patterns that are all at once beautiful and powerful.
The concepts of masculinity and femininity no longer define the clothing people wear. Both men and women are choosing to define themselves on their own terms rather than bound to a specific idea, culture or class. Individuals can comfortably express who they are and don’t have to downplay their differences. Men are now taking on what would traditionally be considered women’s clothes while women have long been playing in a masculine world. These styles are dedicated to break down the men’s/womenswear distinction. Mixing conventionally tailored and sporty styles like a white shirt and a knit-cardigan tucked into loose jeans show how the same styles can be worn by both men and women.
Vintage inspiration and patchwork is a great way of adding individuality to an outfit. A little bit like grandmother’s quilt, but here we have adopted the technique to create more funky and fashionable styles and taking them in a fresh new direction. As an expression of traditional crafts, patchwork and quilting add a rustic element to the collection. From a patchwork dress that feels vintage, to patchwork shirts, to jeans with a graphic take on patchwork. Modern styles employ older silhouettes and detailing like puffed sleeves, ruffled collars and frills, resulting in pieces that feel both old-fashioned and entirely new age. The contrast is a breath of fresh air.
Few things are as classic, iconic and versatile as denim. It’s comfortable enough for casual days and more socially acceptable than sweatpants. Varying shades of blue look fantastic together and the denim look borrows from all eras in time. From playful re-constructed denim jeans to slouchy patchwork jeans and an elegant denim pencil skirt - to all the beautiful indigo styles. These styles are versatile and artfully cut and washed. Casual and comfy enough to wear all day, but also uplifting. Structured but still completely wearable.