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October, 2011 Monthly archive

I like to work straight out on white paper and get the work done without prior planning.

I don’t keep a sketchbook with ideas, I am too lazy for that!I need to be very inspired, or in a high energy state, to begin my work process, but once I do start, I get things done. At night when I get really enthusiastic, I have visuals popping into my mind, and I often dream about the patterns that come through in my work. Once these images, symbols, and icons are finished, they are often reused for many purposes and are generally improved each time I use them. When I’m in more of a low energy state, I work on documentation of my work or marketing for my website and products.

Another drawing session for the second colour of the new wallpaper.

I usually start my work with photos and scanned media, like drops of ink, pieces of wool from textiles, and other bits and pieces I find that fit the subject. From these scanned files, I make vector graphics in Illustrator, as well as other visual symbols.

Hand-drawings, depending on the project, are often the last part of my work process. I feel that they are the most important and direct way to find out what’s on a mind, and I find this process to be very intuitive. It’s like the ideas flow out of my pen or brush and I just have to help it happen. These hand-drawn illustrations and written texts are often the finishing touches to my work. They are like the salt in the soup!

http://youtu.be/b7ykfezPDbU

I like to use silkscreen prints because my concept is about repeating images, much like the military look of it’s namesake. The patterns are combined in wallpaper, fashion, plates and accessories, and furniture so that they all blend into one and disappear.

The story of the camouflage couture idea is as follows:

I had started a degree in Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna but never finished because I moved to Italy for several years and had a family. When I separated from the father of my children, I returned to Vienna and wanted to study fashion design. For the entrance exam we had to chose a theme, and do a fashion collection, so I chose ‘fashion for the housewife’. My designs worked with the fact that the woman of the house has historically been seen as a sort of household object; looking nice, perfect body, being sexy and speaking rarely. So, I thought the perfect clothing to go with this idea of the ‘housewife’ could be pieces that make her disappear; they would be the same color and print as the tiles in the bathroom, or as the sheets on the bed, all blending into one.

I now use these designs with wallpapers, home textiles, and fashion articles; all the things that we use to make our homes and lives perfect. The idea was to show the perfect home, swallowing the perfect housewife with her perfect husband, and make them ridiculously invisible so that they become accessorized by their wish to be seemingly perfect people.

This video shows how the layer of photo-sensitive liquid is put onto the screens for silkscreen printing.
Later the screens are exposed to UV light with the pattern lying underneath. I will be showing all the printing process in a new video soon.
Music by Bunny Lake, song: “Twisted Forever”.
Filmed by Thomas Koppler, www.visual-elegance.at.

http://youtu.be/y7QkrsUALLU

This video shows how the screens for silkscreen printing are assembled. I use screens in the same format, so it’s easier to create the patterns.
The screens are used for printing on textiles or wallpapers. I will be showing the printing process in a new video soon.
Music by Bunny Lake, song: “She’s On the Run”.
Filmed by Thomas Koppler, www.visual-elegance.at.