After their first successful collaboration in 2013, Erica Tanov and Bay Area artist Emily Payne (and longtime friend to Apartment Therapy) are back at it again. With brand new work on the walls of Tanov's Berkeley shop last night (see above), they launched a new clothing and home collection inspired by the work, which features collages made out of old book covers, book boards as well as gouache and graphite.
“Like all things alive, the aging books I work with are in an ongoing state of disrepair and decomposition. In choosing to work with dilapidated books, I am dramatizing and highlighting the natural process of decay as well as the regeneration that this creative process represents.”
For the full story, see the press release below. You can see the work at Erica Tanov through October and head to her website and shops in Berkeley and Larkspur to see the full collection.
Designer Erica Tanov and Berkeley Artist Emily Payne Collaborate, Launching a
New Clothing and Home Fall Collection
Artist Finds Inspiration from Discarded, Used Books
(Berkeley, Calif. –August, 2015) This fall, discarded, used books are the starting point for clothing and lifestyle designer Erica Tanov’s latest collection, an exciting collaboration with artist Emily Payne. Following their previous 2013 collaboration, the pair has teamed up again to explore fresh interpretations of Payne’s artwork. An exhibition of the original artwork, juxtaposed alongside the new collection, will be unveiled at an opening reception on September 11 at Erica Tanov Berkeley store. Visitors can shop the exhibition of original artwork, and giclée prints, as well as the collection of clothing and home goods the same evening, until November.
At the heart of the collaboration are fabric designs inspired by Payne’s collages. The collection is based on three original artworks, each a collage using parts of old book covers, and book boards, as well as gouache paint and graphite. The patterns and colors were designed to work together as a collection, mixing any combination of fabric, pattern or color.
People who love patterns and color, but find pattern-mixing daunting or time-consuming, will find inspiration in the new collection. The magic in Tanov’s signature pattern work is an elaborate process, requiring a highly trained eye and the skill of an artist to pull it off beautifully. The result takes the legwork out for most customers, a triumph, enabling customers to juxtapose patterns and colors with ease, confidence and passion.
The collaboration was deeply immersive, beginning with the artist and designer making an overall assessment of Payne’s latest original artwork, selecting work that would translate well into fabric. An involved process of copying, cutting and taping ensued, as they worked together to create repeat patterns, experimenting with direction and scale of artwork.
On the color front, the coloration was altered accordingly, to ensure the patterns worked together harmoniously as a collection. The final step, the repeat patterns were sent to fabric printers to transpose onto silks and cottons. Dreamy dresses, blouses, pillowcases, quilts, jackets and coat linings were thus fashioned from the printed fabrics.
In creating the collages themselves, Payne disassembled the parts of old books, and cut and reassembled the rectangular books boards to form a "canvas." She then layered pieces of book covers, gouache paint and graphite to create the final collages.In creating the collages themselves, Payne disassembled the parts of old books, and cut and reassembled the rectangular books boards to form a "canvas." She then layered pieces of book covers, gouache paint and graphite to create the final collages.
“I love working on this collaboration with Erica because the artwork, which is all about transforming one material, books, into another, collage, gets transformed once again, from collage to fabric,” says Emily Payne.
“Like all things alive, the aging books I work with are in an ongoing state of disrepair and decomposition. In choosing to work with dilapidated books, I am dramatizing and highlighting the natural process of decay as well as the regeneration that this creative process represents,” says Emily Payne.
After majoring in English Literature in college, she deepened her relationship with books by taking a course in book making, learning the physical construction of books. She subsequently pursued a Masters of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and book arts, focusing on the sculptural aspect of book making as much as the literary.
Over the years, her work has become more and more sculptural as her focus shifted from making artist books to taking apart discarded and used books. She often finds her books in dumpsters or in the discard pile in local libraries. Now Payne is becoming known in her local community as a used and broken book repository. She recycles these books, once functioning primarily as containers for words, and transforms them into works of art. Every part of the book construction is valuable in the creation of Payne's artwork.
While book collages currently form a large part of Payne's work, at the heart of all her work is drawing. For example, she likes to "draw" three-dimensionally with wire to create wire sculptures or "drawings in space." No matter what materials she uses, her works are a distillation of objects, shapes and images to their basic essence. She reduces and simplifies information in her art work and explores the ways these elemental objects relate to, and enhance, their environment.
About Emily Payne: Emily Payne grew up in Mill Valley, California and Amherst, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio and her M.F.A. in Book Arts and Printmaking from San Francisco State University. Her work can be seen at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, the SFMOMA Artist Gallery in San Francisco, the Kala Art Institute, The Gardener and the Cecile Moochnek Gallery in Berkeley.
About Erica Tanov: Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Erica Tanov is a designer who seeks beauty in all forms. Working with the finest opulent fabrics, embracing meticulous construction and subtle detailing, yet always drawn to raw, natural beauty, both Tanov's clothing and homeware collections exude a relaxed, lived-in grandeur. The collections demonstrate her vision of bringing together understated luxury and glamour with ease and comfort. While most of her apparel collection is made in San Francisco, she also works with traditional artisans around the world to keep their unique techniques and crafts alive.
After studying at Parsons School of Design in New York, and subsequently working for designer Rebecca Moses, Erica launched her eponymous clothing label in 1990 then returned to the Bay Area in 1994 to open her first retail store. Today, there are two Erica Tanov retail stores: Berkeley and Marin, which carry her clothing as well as her expanding homeware collection. Her home, stores and design studio have been featured in various books, blogs and magazine, including Elle Decoration UK, Martha Stewart Living, Anthology, 7x7, Remodelista, "Undecorate" (Clarkson/Potter), "Bringing Nature Home" (Rizzoli) and "The New Bohemians" by Justina Blakeney (Abrams).
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