.When Stripes GO outside the box- what better than to go full tilt with COLOR.
Stripes become ART.
“The uncertainties of a drawn structure increase when it is composed of similar, repeated elements. Because they are small and compacted, these elements begin to fuse while they are easy to separate when they are big.”--Bridget Riley, Op-artist.
"Paean" from 1973
Acrylic on canvas, 114" x 113"
& pairing multitudes of Stripes in multiplicative Colors with WHITE, white becoming a STRIPE, goes in the CHIC w/Stripe File.
I Love the stripe Letitgo Wedge from the
Nine West Shoe Collection with a White Shift?
File under CHIC w/stripe.
the same Fluid STRIPES from a shoe can explode into glorious colors with the brilliance of White creating an artistic masterpiece-this one a Morris Louis canvas-Alpha Pi, in the Metropolitan's Collection.
White anchors what might otherwise be chaos.
Op Art's Bridget Riley with her sculpture 'Continuum''(below) photographed by Lord Snowdon in 1964
The eye can travel over the surface in a way parallel to the way it moves over nature. It should feel caressed and soothed, experience frictions and ruptures, glide and drift. One moment, there will be nothing to look at and the next second the canvas seems to refill, to be crowded with visual events. -Bridget Riley
Riley's Dominance Portfolio, Blue, from 1977.
Last month we looked at this SOANE's fabric Collection. Riley's theories can be tested in the a horizontal STRIPE, "Damascus."
Mixing "Damascus" with a very Large stripe works in lieu of WHITE to achieve balance & harmony.
The Master of mixed Up Stripes is still MISSONI. I love their designs and I had several skirts and sweaters in my working wardrobe- while I still work- I seldom need a working wardrobe, and now I've passed them on to my niece.
Liz & Me (in MISSONI) on a trip to NYC together
above, Kalahari by Missoni
Missoni while noted for its Fashion STRIPES has turned its sights on HOME-MISSONI HOME. Their exuberant STRIPES, mind bending and straight forward, are produced in rugs and carpets. I used one of their carpet's COMO, a complex series of stripes within pyramidal shapes, on a wide staircase where my clients were planning to hang art along the walls.
whether we wear them-
walk in them-
or on them.
Stripes can Order, Energize Invigorate Us
& create Beauty.
photographed of Annabel d'Huart by Frank Horvat