Drawing from Memory


{Art, Design, Dreams, Fashion, Inspiration, Interiors, Installation, Photography: A visual journal of what we are influenced by and what inspires us as creatives.}




Chloe Sells Exhibition

{ Thursday, June 20, 2013 }

A RISD friend, Chloe Sells, is exhibiting her new photographic collection, Senescence, at the Michael Hoppen Gallery starting tomorrow! If the exhibit wasn't all the way in London, the DFM team would definitely be there in person - Chloe's new work is absolutely stunning. From Wall Street International Magazine:

"Each of the works is a unique analogue C-type print, handmade by Sells using conventional negatives overlaid with colour and patterns in the darkroom, subverting the tradition of the meticulously created tableaux. The darkroom process itself is physical, dynamic and time-consuming, constituting a further mapping of the journey. The artifice created through unusual colour and warped light is used to heighten tension between the familiar and the exotic. Image fragments and oddly cut prints have been sketched and painted upon so that each outcome is unique."

Congratulations on the exhibit, Chloe! Click here to visit the Chloe Sells website to see more of her work.

All images via Chloe's website, ChloeSells.com

Amazing Dress From Our Friend Chris

{ Friday, January 20, 2012 }

Jen, our Creative Director, stumbled upon this amazing dress the other day (below). She loved it so much she sent it to her friend Chris, and as it turns out - he designed it!

Christopher Viggiano, a talented fashion designer that went to RISD with Jen, was working as a designer for Swedish fashion brand Acne in Stockholm when he designed the dress. He sent over this sketch to show us (which is slightly different from the final design) and we just love it!  It's a small, small world sometimes!

Chris is now working in New York for the always amazing Kelly Wearstler as an accessories designer, and we can't wait to see what he comes up with next! Kelly's LA flagship store just opened up on Melrose Avenue in November, and we're definitely going to go looking for more of Chris's designs!

Dress via Acne, Sketch via Chris Viggiano, Kelly Wearstler store photos via Racked

Ben Blatt's Watercolor Painting

{ Tuesday, January 17, 2012 }

Ben Blatt, a friend from RISD, just finished a new watercolor painting - and we LOVE it. Absolutely stunning. See more of his amazing work on his website: http://benblatt.com.

Ben Blatt

Image via Ben Blatt

New York Artist Dan Colen's Trash Exhibition

{ Wednesday, October 12, 2011 }

Our Creative Director, Jen, studied at The Rhode Island School of Design with New York based artist Dan Colen. His first major exhibition in Rome, entitled "Trash", will be at the Gagosian Gallery from September 19 - October 29, 2011! 

"I’m interested in using the “real world” as a material and a force within my process. I like how these materials take some control away from me, allowing for a more uncertain future and yet a more finished piece. These materials come with a history, not one I necessarily know, but a history for sure. There is an infinity in “real world objects” that, no matter how much I try, I couldn’t paint or sculpt into being."
--Dan Colen

Dan Colen paintings

Images via Gagosian Gallery

Fair Nostalgia

{ Tuesday, August 30, 2011 }

September is just around the corner, and we're feeling nostalgic for our favorite fairs! 

The Tunbridge World's Fair has been in existence since 1857, and has remained largely unchanged since its debut over 150 years ago. This year, it runs from September 15-18 in the tiny town of Tunbridge, VT, and features mainly old-world attractions like pony pulling, sheepdog trials, and harness racing.

old world fair carousel
vintage girl and cow

The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair celebrated its 150th anniversary this year. A little more old-world meets new-world, the fair is an attraction that can please all with its farm animals, fried foods, traditional crafts, and plenty of rides. Our friend from RISD owns the local smoke pig roast stand, below.

fair pig roast

fair cows

Images via

1.  Benedetta Falugi (flickr)   2. ozfan22 (flickr)   3&4. SixBurnerSue  5. mvol.com  6. MV Best Read Guide

Glasses & Dresses ... with Hangers

{ Tuesday, May 17, 2011 }

hanger dress and glasses

Dress bed from Maison Moschino in Milano spotted at Emma's Design Blog, and Glasses from RISD friend Colgate Searle.

Against Geology

{ Thursday, April 28, 2011 }

Check out the Derek Eller Gallery tonight (Thursday, April 28th) for a debut of David Kennedy Cutler's artist book "Against Geology / The blossom of Greenpoint" The opening is from 6:30-8:00 PM.  The limited edition book will be offered for $25 (a steel if you ask me) at the opening and at Printed Matter beyond that.  

David Kennedy Cutler
Against Geology / The Blossoms of Greenpoint

6 x 8 inches (expands to 30 x 8 inches)
Edition of 500

-Softcover Z fold with 3-color silkscreen
-2 offset print booklets (28 and 20 pages, respectively)
-Hand-stitched embroidery floss binding with tri-color tassel
-Removable 11 x 17 inch fold-out map 

David Kennedy Cutler's Against Geology / The Blossoms of Greenpoint is a multi-layered artist book.  Using the vernacular of a split 7 inch record, the publication is comprised of two distinct books, each with its own title and cover.  The Z fold allows the book to be flipped, folded and expanded into an interactive object with multiple permutations, and a removable poster-sized map adds another potential 'discovery'.

The book is composed of two essays with accompanying images, expanding on of the artist's investigations into the Greenpoint Oil Spill.  In the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York lies the world's largest urban oil spill, estimated at 17 to 30 million gallons (three times larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill).  Cutler's studio is situated above the edge of the spill, and in the artist's words, "I began to regard the spill as my only local natural resource, and decided to tap into it, exploit it."

In the essays and images incorporated in this publication, Cutler ruminates on oil, rainbows, geology, plastic, human evolution, architecture, monuments, language and theoretical futures of the Earth. 

Images courtesy of the artist

Robert Geller Mens Wear

{ Friday, October 22, 2010 }

Robert Gellar (RISD class of '01 knew his has Robbie) started his fashion career at Marc Jacobs right out of school, and then moved on to Cloak (where Geller became a partner in 2002). After launching his own moody, romantic line in 2007, Geller won the GQ/CFDA award in 2009 for best new menswear designer—and put out a capsule collection for Levi's as part of the spoils.  

The RISD training is defiantly apparent in his work and the creative that surrounds his brand.  The images from his Spring/Summer 2011 look book are simple, but imaginative and complement the "frog and toad are friends" look of the line. As creatives, we understand being busy and just trying to get a look book DONE,  but it is so refreshing to see a breath of creativity in the photography.  I can't imagine that buyers really like looking at a model against a white seamless - book after book. 

This idea of a simple but elegant solution to a complex problem was one of the key ideas explored by the RISD community, and is again apparent in Robbie's look book for a joint venture with Common Projects for a line of accessories. An old book of an ancient city - a symbol of quality and craftsmanship in the shoe world, coupled with clean black and white images screams classic quality and longevity. 

We commend Robbie for his success and look forward to seeing future expansions to a women's line - fingers crossed.

Misa Inaoka - Guided Growth

{ Tuesday, September 28, 2010 }

Our good friend from RISD Misa Inaoka is showing her latest work at Johansson Projects in Oakland from September 17th - November 6th.  Her past work was on miniature scale, and was very intimate.  I found myself wanting to hold each piece she made in the palm of my hand and pet the strange little creature, but the new works are larger in scale which gives it a totally new dimension. I love how she stages the creatures in strange and awkward positions as if the pose was an exclamation point on their already strange shape.

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