Posted on June 01 2016
Sometimes we seem to think that life is strung together by pure coincidences, but when you take a closer look at nature, everything is perfectly organized in spectacular patterns. Nothing is left to chance, but at the same time it´s these patterns that make everything seem so effortless. That perfection and effortlessness is why nature inspires me to turn its patterns into art-to-wear. The geometric forms found in nature are the basis for this particular print, hence the title “Geo”.
The darkest pattern at the top of the tunic is based on the shape of beehive cells. You have to look closely to see it, but there are a series of octagons that repeat in a brick formation – similar to what the bees have perfected. Toward the bottom are red circles with a black spiral overlay, evoking the swirling forms of the nautilus seashell. The circles are bounded by a curvy leaf shape that also repeats in formation.
The combination of black, white and red has always been somewhat of a fashion stable. When I began working on the print I started out using pure white, but to my eye it seemed a bit stark and cold, so I warmed it up a little bit by swapping out the white with a pale olive to add a touch of richness. The combination still pairs well with black, white or red solids, but I think the warmth is more flattering, especially around the face.