Ikat Design: Looking to Art for Inspiration

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Theo Altenburg ikat design

Theo Altenburg ikat design

Plascon loves paint. Plascon loves art too. So we thought we’d look to some art for inspiration and introduce you to an artist who inspires us; this may well be a case of life following art!  The technique of ikat is an ancient form of textile decoration which appears in cultures from Indonesia, to Guatemala, to Mexico, India, Japan and even parts of Africa.

We can’t help but see the similarity between these three oil works by Theo Altenburg (a German-born artist whose work is multidisciplinary: film, photography, music, art, drawing) and this oldest of fabric dying forms.  We love the vivd use of colour (particularly our favourite colour of the month – purple) and the way in which these colours bleed into one another.

Bleeding colours and prints are being referenced everywhere at the moment,  especially in fashion by celebrated designers like Mary Katrantzou who bleeds digital prints into one another to create incredible fabrications for her collections.  There are also other designers like Michael Angel who incorporate ancient floor plans into there fabric prints, “bled” with colour and geometric patterns to create a multi-layered effect.  So perhaps instead of just throwing a few ikat cushions on a couch you might consider your very own installation wall art of a bleeding paint affect for your lounge?

Theo Altenburg Ikat Design

Theo Altenburg ikat design

Theo Altenburg ikat design

Theo Altenburg ikat designs

Theo Altenburg ikat designs

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