Angie Hranowsky

Lady in a Turban

April 27, 2011

Well, it looks like the Lady in a Turban found a fabulous new home!

When Lindsay Bierman at Coastal Living magazine asked me to design their 2009 Idea Home I of course accepted. The next thing I did was call Molly B. Right and ask if she would create one of her amazing bottle cap portraits for the house. I delved into my research and laid out my palette and concepts for Molly, including paintings from Matisse's Moroccan period as well as pictures of Caribbean and island women. I told her I wanted a lady with a turban and left it at that. I knew she would create the perfect portrait... and she did. The portrait did not sell with the house, but a few months ago it found a permanent home with one Ms. Tyra Banks in New York City. According to Tyra, she can't stop staring at it, and I know exactly what she means. Molly's work is mesmerizing. I have my own thoughts about what I might commission Molly to do for me one day. In the mean time I'm sure the Lady in a Turban is enjoying her new digs.

Snake Charming

April 20, 2011

Gucci Fall 2011

Quartz Crystal Python Necklace by Pamela Love
Gold Snake Cuff Bracelet by Roseark
Gucci Fall 2011
Vintage Gucci Snake Skin Bracelet

The Art of Texture + Sheila Hicks

April 12, 2011

Two of the most important elements of my work combine color and texture so I can't help but be drawn to the stunning work of Sheila Hicks. An internationally recognized artist, Hicks studied painting under Josef Albers at Yale, but it was South America where she developed a passion for working with fibers. She went on to live in Mexico, Morocco, India and now divides her time between New York City and Paris. Most of her work is in the form of wall hangings, but over the years she has produced numerous large scale commissions. Her fiber art sculptures are created using many methods, including knitting, knotting, bonding, felting and tufting. I love her vivid use of color, experimental and innovative approach and her use of natural materials. Her works are in the permanent collections of the MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rhode Island School of Design and Center Pompidou in Paris.

Some of her works can be found for sale through artnet, the Cristina Grajales Gallery and 1st dibs. As for me I am awaiting my copy of the book, Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor, put out by The Bard Graduate Center and designed by Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom. It received the most beautiful book in the world award when it was published in 2006. As a graphic designer I can't wait to get my hands on this baby.

Below you will also find some pairings of her work with the fall 2011 collection of Custo Barcelona. When I saw his collection over at Pattern Observer I couldn't resist. Enjoy!