A Critical Study of Fashion as a System of Value Production: Femke de Vries
Ruby Hoette, Hanka van der Voet & Femke de Vries (Eds.)
In this newly packaged second edition of the manifesto on the role of ornament in contemporary fashion, Dutch designer/artist and researcher Femke de Vries presents fresh insights into how fashion functions in today’s experience economy. Several thought-provoking essays employ a wide range of sources from Adolf Loos to Michel de Certeau, mapping its process, symbolic value, branding, and narratives. Concluding essays “Ornamenting the Inner Instead of the Outer Self,” “Fashioning the Mind,” and “Clothes as Souvenirs” show how fashion ornament escapes commercial intention and opens up its symbolic potential. Compelling images, including a photograph of a Danish coat store draped with thousands of overcoats, interweave the text to great effect. In addition to her publications, Femke has conducted research-led practice in fashion, including discursive educational projects that explore the social, economic, and design-related effects of fashion as value-production system. Fully footnoted, with bibliography.
5 x 6 ½ in. / 86 pp / 9 b&w
Retail Price: $20.00
A Meditation on Patterns
Freek Lomme, Benjamin Critton & Josh Plough (Eds.)
The Ghost of Weaving explores the visual poetry that is released within the woven patterns’ ambivalence between fixation by rule and the dynamics of life, and on the fracture of materialistic realism and the limits of the power that we hold in our hands. The project and final book asks, “As productive mastery is channelled through ever more abstract processes, digital tools, and semi-finished particles, have we begun to lose touch with the fundamentals of the pattern produced?” With this delightfully creative and multi- dimensional artist book, sectioned into multiple books and Chinese foldouts, we take a step back into the mastery of patterns in craft. We will balance this by looking back into the history of ideas involving patterns as visual motives to culture, and dive into our experiences of them. Contributing artists and designers are Elisa van Joolen, Esther Stocker, Hansje van Halem, Tracy Widdess, Har Sanders, Koen Taselaar, Maria Hedlund, Sigrid Calon, and Timon van de Hijden.
7 ¾ x 10 ½ in. / 32 pp / Full b&w and color
Retail Price: $29.95