Tuesday, February 12, 2013

APICCAPS - Footwear Organization

Around the world there are numerous organizations that promote the footwear industry.
In Portugal we have APICCAPS (Portuguese Association of Manufacturers of Footwear, Components, Leather Goods and their Substitutes) based in Porto, founded in 1975.
This organization is responsible for several initiatives to help brands and industries of the sector.
For further info:

APICCAPS launched last September the second edition of this report analyzes the major trends in the footwear row on five continents, both in quantity and value, and evolution of the major global players in this sector. Here we can find important information about the global production of footwear and many relevant curiosities...
Required reading:

Monday, November 5, 2012

There's No Brand Like Nobrand

Finally I got some time to post ;)
Well, this last weeks have been amasing. I'm doing an internship at a great portuguese footwear company. 
My friends let me introduce you to Nobrand and to the work of one of the most creative designer I ever met, Hugo Melo.
Nobrand is another great example of quality and design combined in differentiated products with a warm and optimistic personality. The key element of this brand is the special attention to details. 
The final result are amasing shoes for young adults with funny and cool personality.
Take a look to some of my favourite shoes for this winter.



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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book & Art - Altered Book

Well I've always enjoyed books. I love reading almost any kind of literature but I've never thought we could use books to make a piece of art. 
A friend of mine just told me about a work that he did during his Master. He chose a book and a concept that somehow were related to each other. Using just a knife he cut and folded all the sheets of the book to transform it into a different piece. The result could be very amazing. I'm really tempted to try it. 
Let me show you some examples and I challenge you to try it too.

Artist: Isaac Salazar
Books Transformed Into Art




Artist: Alexander Robinson
Alexander Korzer Robinson’s Book Art

Astounding Book Art by Alexander Korzer

Photos of  Book Art

Alexander Korzer Robinson’s Book Art Pics

Artist: Jennifer Hibbard
 jennifer hibbard : missing the point

Artist: Brian Dettmer

Artist: Rachael Ashe
Altered Book: Living Well, Sip by Sip

Artist: Brian Dettmer

Artist: Georgia Russell

Georgia Russell, Memoire, 2001-02

Artist: Kristina Lahde

Unknown Artist

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fashion Illustration

Here I am today for showing you some works of a great fashion illustrator of OUR TIME...
I always had a great fascination for drawing in particular for fashion illustration. As fashion designer I'm learning more and more to recognize value to this kind of artistic representation and now I was led to meet some great artists and their works. 
So among all the possible names of amazing artists I decided to write about a young female illustator of the presente days... Laura Laine.

She is from Helsinki and she studied fashion design at University of Art an Design Helsinki. Her passion is illustration so after she completing her studies she decided to work as a full-time freelance illustrator and also teaching fashion at the university.
All her works are absolutly stunning. The characters are very stylized, twisted and with long and flowing hairs, with different textures on the clothes (fur, silk, leather, etc.) and she use the minimal color palette.
For me it's a very beautiful and delicate work with a pinch of darkness and eccentric taste. Her illustrations are like a dive into a mystic and sinister atmosphere of feminine forms.

You can see all this and much more at http://www.lauralaine.net/
See you soon.