Photographing Nudes with Sam Haskins

Erotica // Wednesday, February 04, 2015
South African photographer Sam Haskins, who passed away in 2009, left behind a defining legacy as a key player in mainstream 20th century photography and the sexual liberation of the 1960s. Some of his most notable and influential work was seen in a 1962 book called Five Girls, a study in black and white of the nude female form, and a 1965 book Cowboy Kate which was an adventures photo essay of a model, her hat, and the Wild West. Both captured "the era's sexual freedom and independence," launching his career as a commercial and fashion photographer.

1930s Radio Wave Fashion Design

Design // Wednesday, February 04, 2015
A 1938 issue of Radio-Craft magazine featured these photos of an RCA engineer named C.E. Burnett who was taking radio waves and turning them into patters to be used on clothes and furniture. A radio and TV engineer, Burnett photographed cathode ray tubes (same ones that would later be used to make TVs), fiddled with the voltages and frequencies and created "electronic snakeskin" patterns that could be used to design textiles.

Interview: Frank Clegg of Frank Clegg Leatherworks

Design // Friday, January 16, 2015
Craftsman and skilled designers have becoming a rare breed in today’s consumer market. Master artisans like Frank Clegg at Frank Clegg Leatherworks set the standard for high quality and beautifully crafted products. Frank Clegg has been producing leather goods for over 40 years in Massachusetts and Juxtapoz contributor Greg Cordeiro had the privilege of asking him a few questions about his story.

You Have Some Legos On Your Face...

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I have spent most of the morning trying to figure out these Lego masks. As DesignBoom points out, "for London’s menswear AW 15 show, designers Agi & Sam asked UK make-up artist and beauty editor of ID-magazine Isamaya Ffrench to create LEGO masks like weird outgrowths on the models’ faces." For the most part, I'm trying to decipher if this is about the construction of human's DNA, a comment on consumerism, a way to save money instead of crazy elaborate masks, or maybe someone just likes Legos. It's the latter of the latter.

Kayla Mattes: Tactile Textiles

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Portland artist Kayla Mattes makes lush, shaggy textile work that puts us in a good mood. From her website: “Influenced by a blend of pop-culture, the internet, nostalgia and consumerism, she uses her background in textiles to create works primarily in tapestry, installation, digital painting and material experimentation.” Besides her wonderful, colorful weavings, she has a shop where you can buy colorful jewelry and a mini woven pizza. Mattes puts the fun in fiber art. 

Matija Cop's Unorthodox Fashion Labratory

Design // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Matija Cop’s designs inspire instant intrigue. What are they made of? Who is the mastermind behind these unbelievable shapes? We tracked down the young Croatian designer, who is not only inspired by throwback futuristic films, but also by literature and architecture. Reminiscent of exoskeletons mixed with futuristic Elizabethan regalia, there is no line between art and fashion in his designs. They are one and the same.

Disco-Goblins: The Fashion of Duo Raw

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 05, 2015
Duo Raw (aka the RAWboys) are a piar of 7ft "disco-goblins" whose creative club fashion has, according to the dynamic duo, "filled an empty hole in Sweden's nightclub scene that seemed to had hit a standstill." Andreas Kiss Nilsson and Ronny Willberg Johansson met online five years ago and Duo RAW "was born of an itch they had to scratch, a creative outlet where everything is possible. The goal is to have fun, entertain, get entertained, take over the world. And ofcourse be flawless in their very own special haute couture made with a creative mind, sharp needles and a hell lot of talent."  

Artist Illustrates Her Daughter’s Fashion Choices

Illustration // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Rather than capturing endless childhood photos, artist Jenny Williams has been illustrating her daughter Clementine’s excellent outfits. Williams posts the drawings of the tween’s outfits on her blog, What My Daughter Wore, and a book of the same name was just released. Williams also draws the outfits of her sons and her kids’ friends, and has always recorded her children’s lives through drawing.

Geoff McFetridge for Patagonia

Design // Monday, December 22, 2014
We are huge fans of both Patagonia and Geoff McFetridge. Give us one of those hooded down sweaters and a Geoff painting, we are doing well. While getting coffee at our neighborhood spot this weekend, we saw an awesome mural/installation/product study on Patagonia's down products featuring the art of Geoff McFetridge. That led us to remember Geoff directed a short for the brand and has done some graphics for the SoCal outdoor company in recent years. 

purienne.

Erotica // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We know, it seems a little pretentioius to throw around Henrik Purienne's name around like a Brazilian soccer star, but the book "purienne." is just sitting on our desk so we feel comfortable throwing that around. And the South African photographer uses a nice font for his name. Anyway, Purienne also seems to have created a fantasy world for himself, where he has transformed fashion photography into a behind-the-scenes endless summer of beautiful women, fantastic composition, in naturally appealing settings. As both a filmmaker and publisher of Mirage Magazine, he has his stamp on the fashion world. 

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