[Sami Jensen] We’ve been anxiously awaiting the Fall Artist Portfolio prints from kate spade new york, and they’re finally here. Say hello to July’s black & white, August’s blue and September’s ruby. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway (details at the end of the post).
The color-loving creative team at kate spade new york announced that 2011 is the year of color, and working with 12 of their favorite artists, they’ve brightened our spring, summer … and now fall. The fall artists include Christopher David Ryan of Atmostheory for July, black & white; Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd of Inaluxe for August, blue; and Marie-Klara Gonzalez a.k.a. Miss Capricho for September, ruby.
Black & White, by Atmostheory
Christopher David Ryan has his hands in lots of different creative projects. He works collaboratively with two other creatives at MORE & CO., pays homage to his dream muses through Sleepyheads, and works on abstract modernist design at his one-man studio, Atmostheory.
“When I think of the colors black and white, I see photography and films from the 1960′s, so I was inspired by vintage films,” said Ryan, but this was clear to us before he answered our questions. The stripes immediately reminded me of my favorite director, Tim Burton, and the gritty image of a woman holding a camera above the stripes evoked snippets of black and white films I’ve seen in my childhood.
Blue, by Inaluxe
Oceans. Blue skies. True blue. Bluebirds. Blueberries. These are but a few of the several images that come to mind when I think of the color blue. Kristina Sostarko, co-founder of Australia’s Inaluxe, agrees that blue is hard to define. “Many things come to mind when thinking of Blue,” said Sostarko. “It’s too hard to confine a colour to just several things.”
It’s also hard to confine a month like August — with all of its transitions — into just one image. In the northern hemisphere, the hours of golden sunlight are beginning to wane, children (and adults) are preparing to go back to school, slow and graceful music replaces the fast, upbeat tunes of summer. All of this is captured in the free-flowing, undefinable Inaluxe print, as bright blues and gold mix with grays and black that typify the descent into winter.
Ruby, by Miss Capricho
Miss Capricho‘s interpretation of September makes us re-evaluate how to look at the month. Instead of leaves yellowing, browning, and ultimately falling from trees, leaving their branches bare and exposed, Miss Capricho gives us a colorful explosion of blooming florals. The traditional colors of autumn are still there — deep reds and shades of yellow and orange — but they lay beside light pinks, deep blue, and a touch of lavender.
Ruby evokes fields of poppies, and it’s no wonder — Cuban-born but Swedish-bred Marie-Klara Gonzalez aka Miss Capricho was channeling Wizard of Oz as she created her piece. “The ruby slippers of Dorothy Gale immediately came to mind when kate spade new york assigned me the color ruby,” said the artist.
There’s no place like home, and I’d love to hang these prints in mine! Since kate spade new york announced their partnership with 12 of their favorite artists earlier this year, we’ve loved watching how the collection has grown. Each set of prints has introduced us to new creatives with different styles and, of course, beautiful colors. Here are the 9 prints that have been released so far. We can’t wait to see the last three!
Speaking of hanging the prints in our homes, Felt & Wire has one limited-edition Artist Portfolio Print set to share with a lucky reader! Tell us what you love most about this time of the year and on Thursday, July 14th, we’ll pick a winner at random. The fall portfolio series is a set of the three above 10 x 8-in. prints. Designed for salon-style hanging and printed on super-thick Mohawk Superfine with an eggshell finish (blind debossed, above), the set is available in kate spade new york shops and online. Need wall-hanging inspiration? See some super salon walls here.