GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 16th June from 6pm - 8:30pm
EXHIBITION: 17th June - 26th July 2016
Dressmaking is an art. It calls for creativity within a frame of multiple constraints.
A dress has many functions. Of course it must be comfortable. But it can also represent a role, an affiliation, a status. At times it expresses memories, affections, events in history.
At ddoo collective our passion is to make wearable clothing connected to tradition but with meticulous attention to stylish cut and fascination with creating beautiful original prints.
Ioana Miller is an American whose current work represents both the versatility of clay and brings to interior space, the exterior world of trees and nature, with robust fragility. “Ceramics hold three dimensional aspects which enable both function and deco- ration. I was intrigued by the multistage process which clay and porcelain demand. The Trees Series is a stylised interpretation of natural objects portrayed as decorative vessels and on a separate level they are a comment on deforestation worldwide.” Each piece is individually made of porcelain or black clay and arranged to capture a feeling of landscape in wall installations and individual pieces.
50 Golborne is a recently opened gallery in the vibrant Golborne Road near Notting Hill with the mission to investigate the convergence between contemporary art, design and craft.
Breaking down the boundaries created by the artificial separation of creative fields, 50 Golborne freely supports and promotes creative projects developed by artists, designers and makers from different parts of the world with regular focus on Africa.
Whether the projects are called Contemporary Art, Object or Design, what matters to 50 Gol- borne is that they all answer to three criteria: real originality in the concept, high quality in the making and emotional authenticity.
50 Golborne Gallery has invited ddoo collective to be present alongside the works of three brilliant ceramicists, Ioana Miller, Andile Dyalvane and Astrid Dahl: each of the artists is responding to the common theme of the Garden of Earthly Delights, diversely inspired by the natural and the man-made, the colours and textures and shapes.
Astrid Dahl Ceramic / ddoo Orchid Kimono
The Garden of Earthly Delights, ddoo collective’s Indian-inspired collection, tries to recreate in its prints and design the feeling of effortless harmony, pleasing to the eyes and the soul, present in the beautiful floral patterns and geometric structure of Indian gardens. To that feeling, when worn, the clothes add the smoothness of silk and the play of light on draping and movement.
Equally in the other three collections, Maxim Guy and Catherine Marnata, the ddoo collective designers, aim to capture subtle influences of time and space. A Gauguin painting, an embroi- dered Chinese shawl from a family heirloom, silk kimono swatches acquired in a Kyoto antique shop become the visual motivation for The Firefly Hunt, Encre de Chine and Polynesian Tales
Andile Dyalvane Ceramic / ddoo Peony Kaftan
Ioana Miller Ceramics / ddoo Pareo Trousers Dragonfly
About the Artists
Drawing equally upon his Xhosa heritage and his contemporary urban milieu, Andile Dyalvane crafts earthy and elegant ceramic works. Andile works with three elements of life – water, air and fire – to transform the earthy clay into a range of beautiful ceram- ic masterpieces. Each of Andile’s creations tells a story of his Xhosa heritage: “My current inspirations are drawn from my immediate environment, inner city urban life and it’s relation to where I come from.” He stays true to his roots by creatively re-in- terpreting his cultural heritage into his ceramic pieces. The tradi- tional Xhosa practice of ukuqatshulwa, or body scarification, influences his unique design style.
Astrid Dahl Astrid Dahl is a South African based ceramic artist who loves working with natural white clay to create various shapes that recall the power of nature. Her artistic career began when she met ceramic lecturer, Hendrik Stroebel at the Durban Technikon Natal in 1995. He encouraged Astrid to explore clay and she soon began to learn the traditional South African meth- ods of coiling and handworking clay. She then moved to Notting- ham Road in South Africa’s Midlands to take up work in a bronze casting foundry. There she met the designer Neville Trickett of Saint Verde fame. Trickett influenced Astrid’s work by introduc- ing her to the monochrome prints of magnified flower, buds and seed pods by botanist Karl Blossfeldt.