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Mixed and Pieces

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So, if you look at fashion magazines, you may have noticed the trend/tendency/encouragement to mix patterns when dressing. (I totally support this, as I’ve been doing it a while and it can be a lot of fun – see last year’s post)((hmm, maybe I’ll do a post on fashion mixing, a la the serious dress post… Maybe?)). But lately in my magical cruisings throughout the fantastical internet world, I’ve found some interesting examples of “patterns” being mixed up and combined to intriguing results in other mediums.

Loom:
Here we have the Hepsi series of rugs from Loom. These rugs are pieced together from fragments of a variety of kinds of vintage rugs. Pretty gorgeous, aren’t they?


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Kent Rogowski:

Forty store bought puzzles were purchased, mixed up, and pieced together into stunningly abstracted landscapes by Kent Rogowski in his Love=Love series.


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Matthew Cusick:
Antique maps pieced together to create phenomenal collages and paintings by Matthew Cusick

Serge Mendzhiyskogo:
Cityscapes presented through a collage of hundreds of photo pieced together, created a surreal, abstracted perspective.


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You guys can consider yourself lucky that I have a (and have had a perpetual) headache, which is impeding my desire to write some long thoughts on the meanings of all of this pattern mixing and abstractions in fashion, art, etc. So, in short, it makes me think of the chaos and uncertainties of life; how often we feel many things at once, and our lives and relationships and wants and desires can often tend to be more complex, layered, and not as cut and dry as we would like to think. The paths to the things we desire can often and easily veer into uncertain territory, especially Right Now. But, the thing is, that often it’s the complexities and layers of life, the crazy and convoluted journeys we take, that make life so wonderful and beautiful if you can step back and appreciate it as such. Perhaps this thought has been absorbed into society, the fear and beauty of it expressed in our clothes, on our walls, or on our floors as a sort of acceptance of uncertainty. A sort of heart on our sleeve expression of our frustrations turned into something beautiful. Perhaps it will linger as a mark in design history of these feelings.

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But your skin is like porcelain

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Stumbled upon Li Xiaofeng‘s gorgeous porcelain dresses a few weeks ago and have been itching to show them to you all ever since. I find them very striking, in how something so hard and sharp as ceramic shards could manage to look so soft when utilized in a dress. The patterns on the traditional chinese porcelain almost look like embroidery, albeit exceptionally bright and potent in their color and shapes; the variety of shape used gives a patchworked sort of feel, but there’s that interesting discongruity in how each piece of ceramic maintains a shape that gives “patchwork” a whole other dimension (as opposed to flat pieces of fabric pieced together to form a 3-D shape). They’re dresses that look particularly alive in a way.

(imagine all of the family dinners, and teas, and stories that have been told in each objects presence!)

Although Mr. Xiafeng’s clothes were created a few years a go, I feel they hold a particularly poignant timeliness to the present. When I saw them, I thought about Sarah’s Smash Shack which I wrote about this past January. Basically, you can go there and take your aggression out on ceramic and glass objects. I think all of us, at some point, and especially in the past year or two would really like to break something out of frustration. At the same time, people have been trying to be happy with less, spending more time with families and loved ones in a pared down existence, trying to foster kindness and giving. Trying to be optimistic. And of course all of this has entailed picking up the pieces of the things that have been broken and creating something new from them. And these dresses take something beautiful and traditional and done some new and modern with them, while still allowing you to feel a sense of the history, the background from which they came.

Carry on!

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