A Purple moment

From powdery lavenders at Simone Roche to ultra violets at Valentino and deep dark plums at Alaia; purple is the shade of the season.

If you don’t believe us – Pantone made it clear with their colour of the year 2022.

‘PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri, a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone blends the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red. A new Pantone colour whose dynamic novel presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity.’

Sublitex Print with a purple hue… Did you know all our prints can be recoloured to your own personal colour palette? Get in touch with us today for more information on the full Sublitex library and what we can do to accommodate you individual request.

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07985 467997

Retro love

Carrying on from last weeks Seventies print inspiration. This week we have some more retro popping colourful prints for you from the fabulous sublitex library. Happy Wednesday!

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07985 467997

Seventies

One of the main print trends coming through for spring/summer is ‘Seventies.’ Optical geometrics and bold florals in beautiful colour ways; think fluro Pink next to mustard and brown.

Below is a selection on the highstreet right now and also some fabulous prints from the sublitex library.

Get in touch if you would like to see more from the extensive archive of prints.

Is it still coat weather?

Spring isnt quite here yet, and while we long for longer days that are warm and filled with sunshine – don’t get the sandals out just yet. We have collated a lovely collection of the best patterned and printed coats out there to brighten up you day.

If you have to wear a coat and feel the need to be warm you may as well look stylish?! A coat doesn’t have to be black and ‘go with everything’ embrace pattern and print and wear you personality on your sleeve.

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07985 467997

Jessica Mae

Instagram: @jessica_mae_design and Facebook: @jessicamaedesign

Jess is an Illustrator and Print Designer based in Somerset who I met at a Christmas market in Bath. I have a penchant for vintage florals which I  found in Jess’ work.

She says that  “I have always had a passion for all things nature, floral and travel which I use as inspiration for my pattern design. Initially coming from a Textile Design background I discovered my love for all things patterned and Illustration whilst studying for my BA in Textiles Design at Arts University Bournemouth.”

At the end of her degree and after working as an in-house Graphic Designer for 3 years in March 2020 she took the plunge and Jessica Mae Design was established.

“I have experimented with a range of different mediums such as screen-printing, embroidery. However, now predominantly I focusing around digital illustration and apply this to my ever expanding range of products. I am hugely influenced by our planet and the environment therefore I practice completely plastic-free and aim to work with recyclable and compostable materials wherever possible.”

Along with all the products you see in her online shop Jess also offers commissions and freelance services.

Email: jessicamaedesign@hotmail.com
Website: 
www.jessicamaedesign.com




Animal Print

Sublitex are always ahead of the game, with an ever growing library of designs, Sublitex recolour prints at no charge to suit your collection. 

The classic: leopard print isn’t going anywhere, see below some of Sublitex’ new interpretations.

More vibrant animal prints and texture. Bold colours and abstract pattern of all scales.

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07985 467997

UNIVERSE: selfridges corner shop

An amazing new multi-layered cultural collaboration between Vasarely Foundation, Paco Rabanne and Selfridges. Over the next three months, ‘Universe’ will explore the work of ground-breaking artist Victor Vasarely, his influence on contemporaries such as Paco Rabanne as well as today’s tastemakers, and how he continues to shape the future, in this extraordinary exhibition-meets-retail space at The Selfridges Corner Shop.

The Exhibition runs: 13 January – 27 March at Selfridges Corner Shop: London.

As part of this pioneering initiative in The Corner Shop at Selfridges London – and a first for us here at Selfridges – you can shop original Vasarely art works and sculptures within our very own curated, climate-controlled gallery space (complete with a hypnotic Vasarely-printed floor).

In addition, you can shop collectible works of art in the form of exclusive Vasarely-inspired products, available in store and online. From standout skateboards with mesmeric geometric-print decks to cushions cloaked in myriad colourful squares.

Paco Rabanne S/S 2022

Celebrating the influence of Victor Vasarely on his contemporary, Paco Rabanne, and future designers at the fashion house, iconic pieces from both the archive – including Paco’s signature metallic disc dresses from his 1969 collection – and the new season are also on display. Paco Rabanne’s current Creative Director, Julien Dossena, was inspired by Vasarely’s expressive art style for his Spring/Summer 22 collection, utilising the artist’s celebrated optical illusion prints across co-ordinated outfit combinations. 

Victor Vasarely

You can also learn more about the past, present and future of ‘op art’ and Victor Vasarely

Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely pioneered the Op Art movement – short for “optical art” – in the 1960s with his undulating, hypnotic forms that appeared to shimmer, bend and swell before the viewer’s eyes. While artists have long used varying techniques to create illusory effects that mimic depth, movement and light (the prominent artistic technique trompe l’oeil literally means “trick the eye”), it wasn’t until the emergence of Op Art that the mechanics of the gaze were given priority over the image itself. This was largely influenced by developments in science and technology, but also by wider cultural shifts and the dawn of the modern digital world.

Over the course of his career, he designed several public murals and, in 1976, he established the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence. Working alongside architects, Vasarely designed the facade as a monumental optical artwork, comprising huge anodised aluminium plates decorated with geometrical motifs in black and white that are reflected on the surface of a large pond. He hoped the foundation would become a hub of innovation and creativity, a “laboratory of ideas”. While this ambition was never realised during his lifetime, today the foundation serves as both a public museum and an important site of reference for many artists.

Information and images from https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/

LOEWE X SPIRITED AWAY

LOEWE one of the world’s major luxury houses, founded in 1846 in Spain, and today under the creative direction of Jonathan Anderson launches its second collaboration with Studio Ghibli this week.

The Hayao Miyazaki movie Spirited Away was released in 2001 by Studio Ghibli to universal acclaim and became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history.  It was the first hand-drawn and non-English movie to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The dreamlike film tellsthestory of 10-year-old Chihiro Ogino who travels into the wonderful and terrifying world of Japanese spirits in a bid to save her parents from a curse inflicted by a witch named Yubaba.

On 6th January 2022 Loewe launch a capsule collection,

Loewe x Spirited Away following Creative Director Jonathan Anderson earlier collection based on Studio Ghibli’s 1988 film, My Friend Totoro, last January.

The most memorable characters from Spirited Away including the young Chihiro, Haku, the sorceress Yubaba and no face spirit Kaonashi feature in the eclectic collection of ready-to-wear apparel, blankets, scarves and bags. Loewe’s us renowned for first-rate craftsmanship and beautifully depicts Studio Ghibli figures through jacquard, print, appliquè, leather marquetry, or embroidery.

https://www.loewe.com/eur/en/stories-collection/loewe-spirited-away.html

All images from Loewe.com and photographed by Juergen Teller.

Too early to dream of summer?

Are we a bit too eager to get this cold winter over and done with? Can you blame us? We are just so excited to share the brand new summer Sublitex prints. Vibrant colour, florals, tropical and paisley – just a few examples of what the Sublitex library has to offer.

Get in touch if you would are interested or looking for any particular designs; email Sarah at designandcolour@gmail.com.

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07985 467997

Fashioning Masculinities : V&A

Wishing you all a Happy and healthy New year! Lets make 2022 a great year full of inspiration and new and exciting adventures.

We always start off the year by looking forward and making exciting plans. We came across this exhibition and have put it straight in the diary. Looks like one not to be missed.

Stay tuned to the print affair blog for another year of inspiration and fabulous prints from Sublitex. Please do get in tough is there is anything you would like to see in terms of our print archive.

At a moment of unprecedented creativity in men’s fashion and reflection on gender, we will explore how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters – have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams.

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear is the first major V&A exhibition to celebrate the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance. Contemporary looks by legendary designers and rising stars will be displayed alongside historical treasures from the V&A’s collections and landmark loans: classical sculptures, Renaissance paintings, iconic photographs, and powerful film and performance.

The exhibition showcases the variety of possible masculinities across the centuries from the Renaissance to the global contemporary.

The first gallery Undressed explores the male body and underwear, looking at how classical European ideals of masculinity have been perpetuated and challenged over the centuries.

The second gallery, Overdressed, explores the elite masculine wardrobe, epitomised by oversized silhouettes, lavish materials like silks and velvet in daring colours, and symbolic patterns to express status, wealth and individuality.

The third gallery, Redressed, opens with a reflection on English country tailoring and the origins of the suit – with historic garments from the V&A collection shown alongside contemporary reimaginings, including a kilt by Nicholas Daley – before exploring how military attire influenced civilian dress.

Redressed will also include paintings as well as extensive photography showing changing styles and attitudes, from Oscar Wilde, Claude Cahun and Cecil Beaton to The Beatles and Sam Smith.

All images from https://www.vam.ac.uk/

The exhibition opens March 22nd 2022. Tickets are available to book now.