Glimpt: SuperheroesPosted: September 2, 2011
Did somebody say color? Yes, and here it is. Being a textile designer/lover I’m a sucker for (almost) anything woven so these win on several levels for me. These designs have a sort-of new age traditional feel that utilize a century-old Vietnamese craft and then transform into something new via the direction of the modern Swedish designers of Glimpt. Picasso brought a slice of Africa to European painting with his famous Demoiselles d’Avignon painted in 1907. A century later, artists & designers travel to foreign lands to gather inspiration & technique and to develop their own signature, as Mattias Rask and Tor Palm have to create these Superhero pieces.
From Glimpt: We felt inspired to continue working and cooperating with craftsmen in other countries. The idea of going to Vietnam started taking shape, and eventually we established contact with UMA, a Vietnamese furniture company. Via UMA we got into contact with seagrass and plastic weavers in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam. And the Superhero series stared taking shape. The weavers usually make small bowls with paperthread fixed around rolls of seagrass. But after spending some time with them we realized that we could scale up the dimensions of the rolls. And having seen people in the streets selling hammocks made out of colourful thread we found the right combination. We worked together with Swedish illustrator Malin Koort, who helped us develop the patterns for the series.
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