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EDDA GIMNES: It's not all black and white

EDDA GIMNES: It's not all black and white

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Young Norwegian designer Edda Gimnes collections literally do look like big, walking sketches! Last year, Edda won Germany's 'Designer for Tomorrow' award judged by Alber Elbaz- as well as Fashion Scout's prestigious 'ones to watch' award for her AW16 collection. Her naively quirky designs take on a whimsical, vintage-inspired aesthetic and pretty much oppose all typical design conventions!

And that's why illustrated everything had to write a post about Edda Gimnes. You go girl. 

Edda Gimnes at the Fashion Art Festival, Oslo, 2015

Edda Gimnes at the Fashion Art Festival, Oslo, 2015

The London college of fashion graduate definitely is one to watch (from 4.20 in the clip below). I'm in love with her sort of 2-dimensional approach to design; her hand-rendered drawings (drawn with her non-dominant hand, by the way) are enlarged to 'human' size and digitally printed onto fabric. Her garments and accessories are then cut out rather like huge paper doll dresses, leaving the raw seam edges on the outside. . . .

A sketch for a skirt, Edda winning the "DFT' in Berlin, from AW16 collection

A sketch for a skirt, Edda winning the "DFT' in Berlin, from AW16 collection

When drawing my illustration for this post it was a challenge; trying to get the visual 'balance' right between my detailed pencil drawing style and Gimnes' bold, black brush strokes and scratchy markS was tricky, but I think I cracked it in the end though. I chose to draw pieces from both AW16 and SS17 collections as I wanted a splash of colour (Gimnes introduced a primary colour palette into her SS17 collection, as opposed to her initial monochrome approach). 

Apparently it was a box of vintage 1920s/30s photographs found at a car boot sale that sparked ideas for her first and future collections. Ladies in old mink coats and fanciful frocks are the inspiration behind Gimnes's silhouettes and use of faux fur trimmings around collars, hats, sleeves and ankles! The random juxtaposition of luxurious fur against her marker pen scribbles is pure genius in my book - and her collections take on a sort of storybook narrative all of their own when going down the catwalk. With large, exaggerated hats, furry shoes and crinoline skirts. . .as well as matching bags and even hand-drawn sunglasses too you can't help but to get lost in a wonderland world.

SS17 collection at Fashion Scout, London Fashion Week

SS17 collection at Fashion Scout, London Fashion Week

While writing this post, I actually started to imagine building some sort of theatrical stage set with the main characters decked out in Gimnes outfits - and then adding some of Katharine Morling's gorgeous porcelain sculptures to the set. Like Gimnes, London-based ceramicist Morling sculpts everyday (often nostalgic) objects with a fantastical narrative, that also have a 'drawn' quality to them due to the unglazed porcelain and black stain that she uses . . . check out some of her cool creations below!

Illustration ceramics Katharine morling

Katharine Morling has created large gallery installations of her pieces in her signature white porcelain style, so I thought I would try placing some of Edda Gimnes's models into a small part of her beautiful 'Stilted life' installation that included over one hundred pieces! It was shown in Belgium at The World Crafts Council, Second European Triennial of Ceramics and Glass 2010, where Katharine won the main prize. The models just look soooo part of the furniture, don't you think. . ??!

Gimnes/Morling/Berry collab no.1. . . . 

Gimnes/Morling/Berry collab no.1. . . . 

Gimnes/Morling/Berry collab no.2. . . . 

Gimnes/Morling/Berry collab no.2. . . . 

If you are enjoying this post, you might also want to check out the work of artistic duo DOSSHAUS; they make really awesome sculptures out of good old-fashioned cardboard, paint and glue! Their creative process is simple - through their ongoing, life-size  'house of cardboard' installation they simply want to 'build a world in which we wish to live'.

Cardboard sculpture dosshaus

If you would like to see more of my visual inspiration behind this post, why not take a look at my ceramics and my illustrative prints Pinterest boards. . .?

Cardboard sculpture dosshaus
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