HOW OUR PRINTS CAME TO LIFE
We've always taken pride in the fact that our prints are designed and hand-painted in our little London studio. For the In The Studio collection, we've taken this a step further, exploring different print-making techniques inspired by the artists, movements, methods, and styles we admire.
Read on to discover the stories behind the prints in our SS19 collection.
The Expressionist print was inspired by the likes of Picasso and Miro, who sought to express their inner worlds of emotion through the power of the brushstroke. Using ink on paper, Alice used the symbol of the bird as an illustration of freedom, and a nod to Picasso's dove of peace.
Above, you can see Alice creating the artwork on the floor of D&Ds headquarters, as well as artist Marcus Leslie in his NYC studio wearing The Expressionist Cuban shirt for his feature story in The Sunday Paper's fourth issue.
THE FAUVIST PRINT
The Fauvist print got its name and its inspiration from "Les Fauves", a group of early 20th century artists lead by André Derain, Georges Braque, and Henri Matisse. The Fauvists' work featured a painterly style and strong colour, similar to what is now seen on our Fauvist print pyjamas.
A combination of gouache and pastel was used to create the artwork for the print, and the original painting now hangs on the wall of our office.
THE PRINT MAKER
Created in collaboration with artist Pia Ostlund, the Print Maker uses the technique of nature printing, first developed by scientists in the 15th century for the study of medicinal plants. We adapted Pia's prints on paper into a fabric design which reflects the delicate nature of this ancient technique and celebrates the beauty of plant-life.
Above you can see prints from Pia's sketchbooks and what they now look like on our Print Maker pyjamas.