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The Art of Fashion

Sandra Backlund, Ink Blot Test

Sandra Backlund, Ink Blot Test

Lady Gaga may be all the rage right now, but fashion designers have been creating insane masterpieces, (and often sheer madness), for years, probably since the conception of the fashion industry. Despite what many think, fashion is not – and never has been – centered around functionality, (if that were the case, then I’d say no clothes for hot days and snuggies for cold ones), but instead serves as an outlet for creative expression, just as the paintbrush does the painter and the stage the dancer. The only difference between these art pieces and more traditional ones is you can wear them… sometimes.

Here are some B/D picks for amazing apparel design.

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Protey Temen’s Digital Fantasy

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Protey Temen is a Russian artist exploring so-called “visual environmental saturation” since 2004.

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Studio Visit: Sherin Guirguis

Sherin Guirguis

I first met Sherin Guirguis at USC while giving a talk about B/D. Sherin teaches in the design department so I assumed that she was primarily a graphic designer. Over the years we’ve run into each other here and there but never really visited each others studio. A few months back Sherin stopped by my studio to check out some work. When I went to return the favor I didn’t find stacks of design work but a studio full of both paintings and sculpture that were at once precise and technical while organic and fluid.  Here are some shots from the studio visit.

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Aidan Koch’s Artful Comics

Aidan Koch is a pretty talented lady. Her work overlaps between comics, illustrations and collaborations. Her comic style is completely her own, showing her mark making process throughout. She’s just finished a collaboration with Finnish artist Jaakko Pallasvuo on a comic called Pages.

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Your Favorite Movie’s Film Frames Compressed To Create Colorful Movie Barcodes

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin (1992)

West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story (1961)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

For a few years, MovieBarcode has been compressing each frame of entire films into pixel-wide, chronological bars, creating a unique color palette barcode for each movie. Color is used in film to set moods, evoke particular feelings, or to intensify plot and characters. While examining the barcodes of familiar movies, particular colors may stand out, or remind you of specific scenes or characters that you’re drawn to. MovieBarcodes allow a film lover an opportunity to view movies from a macro, bird’s eye view. It’s as close as you can get to seeing the entirety of a movie all in one glance. The person behind MovieBarcode wishes to remain anonymous, but told wired.co.uk that movies are chosen based on runtime and the quality of the outcome and that the biggest challenge is “[s]taying within the concept and not getting carried away by technical possibilities, some of which are planned to be published in a not too distant, not too busy future.” If you’re curious if a particular film has been compressed, or you just want to peruse titles, you can find an index of all the films that have been compressed here. If you like these, be sure to check out Redbubble, where some of the MovieBarcode prints are available for purchase.

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Will Ritson

Will RitsonWill Ritson sent us an email of some of his work. This guy knows how to push a pencil. His illustrations are pretty sweet, so enjoy!

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Justin Bua Disses Robert Rauschenberg!

I thought long and hard about whether I should post this but even after a good nights sleep i’m still angered by this video. If you’re not familiar with Justin Bua he is an illustrator primarily focusing on urban imageries of dj’s, breakdancers, and other various hip-hop related imagery. What do we think of his work? Well lets just say you won’t find him featured in B/D anytime soon. But I digress.

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