Sculptural and brutal silhouettes by Maartje Dijkstra

Today I want to spend a blog about the Dutch fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra. I accidentally found her while searching the internet and her designes supprised me. The combination of illustration, music and sounds and fashion design makes her unique. These are the three elements she loves, so she says on her website.

Quote: “Her work has many manual details and is also very recognisable by her surreal hand-drawn illustrations. Imagination, electronic music, progressiveness and individuality are a big source of inspiration for her.”

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This collection, called Reflect Horridus,  she showed at the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week. The Designs are inspired on the wired looking animal – Moloch Horridus- a lizard named thorny devil. It is a small and fragile animal but its looks are dangerous and mysterious. It’s meant as protection.

Maartje combines the fragility and strong looks in a natural way. Powerful looks and brutal silhouettes are combined with fragile elements like silk wires and reflection glass, the breakable aspect. It is very interesting to see how fashion transforms into art. Especially when you watch this Youtube Video. You’ll find out that combining sound-art, illustration and fashion design in one great edited video: art is born within fashion design.

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Spectacular 3D (knit)work by Sandra Backlund

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Fashion designer Sandra Backlund is in my view also more a Fashion Artist than a Fashion Designer. I find her work particularly fascinating. Not only because of its design but also because of the application of handicraft techniques ( showing prominent in any design ) and her working methods. Like a sculptor she ‘ builds ‘ her creations. Backlunds starting point is the material and the technique and during the creation process the shapes and silhouettes are being formed.

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Foto Ola Bergengren

Sandra Backlund is a Swedish fashion designer, graduated from the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, who is best known by
its 3 dimensional designs.

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Foto Peter Farago

Her designs show that knitting can be a true art. Her creations are actually more like sculptures. Sandra Backlund is fascinated in exploring innovative materials and the application of new techniques.

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Foto Peter Farago

Her source of inspiration and starting point of a design are always the materials and technique. Hand-working and researching  she builds her creations resulting in powerful shapes and silhouettes.


 

Mode ontwerpster Sandra Backlund is in mijn ogen ook meer een Fashion Artist dan een Fashion Designer. Ik vind haar werk bijzonder fascinerend. Niet alleen vanwege haar ontwerpen maar ook zeker vanwege de toepassing van handwerktechnieken (in ieder ontwerp weer prominent aanwezig) en haar werkwijze. Als een beeldhouwer ‘bouwt’ ze namelijk haar creaties op. Backlunds uitgangspunt is het materiaal en de techniek en pas tijdens het creatieproces ontstaan al werkend de vormen en silhouetten.

Sandra Backlund is een Zweedse Mode ontwerpster, afgestudeerd aan de Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm,  die bekend is geworden van
haar 3 dimensionale breiwerk. Haar ontwerpen laten zien dat breien een ware kunst kan zijn. Haar creaties zijn eigenlijk meer sculpturen. Sandra Backlund is gefascineerd in het onderzoeken van vernieuwende materialen en het toepassen van nieuwe technieken. Haar bron van inspiratie en startpunt van een ontwerp zijn altijd de materialen en de techniek. Handwerkend en onderzoekend bouwt ze zo haar creaties op die resulteren in krachtige vormen en silhouetten.