In celebration of the Frieze Art Fair this week, on the blog we look closely at the art of Beulah. Our prints for each season are unique to Beulah and are created by our in-house designer Aleksandra Stašić who also has her own childrenswear brand, RaspberryPlum. To find out more about the creative design process we asked Aleksandra some questions in a short interview…
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration usually comes form art. I visit exhibitions at least once a week and love looking through photography and art books. I am particularly into the constructivist movement at the moment.
The Art of the Print – ‘Fluttering Wings’ Evergreen
How do you begin designing the prints?
It usually starts with the client. They have a particular idea of what they need for their collection. In my work there is a lot of psychology involved and reading the clients needs. Sometimes the client is not a designer so they express themselves differently. It’s all about their needs. After that I make different suggestions and test out different styles. The client then picks the style they like and I create a few different versions of that particular style until we get what we want, and what fits bets with the collection. I use a lot of different techniques; painting, photography, mark making, collage or CAD. It all depends on the desired affect.
Aleksandra working on the initial painting of the ‘Fluttering Wings’ print
What is your favourite brainstorm medium? (chalk/pencil/watercolour/acrylic/oil?)
I don’t have a favourite one. What I love about my work is that I get to use all the mediums. Not many creative industries allow that. I also do embroidery and fabric manipulation which is a lot of fun as I get to create new techniques and mediums.
How do you make the final decision as to what version is used?
I work closely with the client on this. It’s about what they like best. We always do a few different versions of the final print and then as a team decide what to go with. This is normally what fits best with the rest of the collection and what is most exciting but still most wearable.
Are you ever fully satisfied with the finished product?
Very rarely. That is the thing about freelancing in commercial fashion. You only get given a short about of time to create waders, as the clients have a set budget for prints and textiles. You develop techniques which are quick to apply and its all about creating the best possible outcome in the time given. It is not like art where you can take time to develop something you really love.
Which is your favourite piece from our current collection ‘Chrysalis‘?
It would have to be the Renaissance Red ‘Aura’ dress in the ‘Embers Wings’ print.
‘Aura’ Gown ‘Embers Wings’ print in Renaissance Red
And which is your favourite ever Beulah garment?
I love the red caftan with the floral print.
What is your favourite Beulah print?
It would have to be the grey and blue floral print. It is not a typical floral print, it has a very modern edge to it. The colours are perfect and so easy to wear.
‘Sabitri’ Dress in our ‘Fractured Blossom Dark’ print
Art of the Print – ‘Blue Heart’ print