Back in January this year we launched our new Disruption collection at Maison & Objet in Paris.
With a fresh colour palette of blues, pinks and greens, this new series of designs is a continuation of our interest in 'Nature's Camouflage' (see our Eyespot print launched last september for the first design in this series). This time however, we looked to the dynamic striped patterns we see on zebras that use a camouflage technique called ‘disruptive colouration’ as our source of inspiration. This technique uses bold patterns to break up an animals outline making it hard for predators to see each animal individually in the tall grass they inhabit. When under attack the zebras will run in various directions and the moving stripes make it extremely difficult for the predator to identify the weakest member of the group.
zebras hiding in the grass (image taken from Kevin Winston)
This collection also references op-art to help conjure the impressions of movement, artists such as Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely and Josef Albers have always inspired us...
Photo: 2010 Getty Images
Josef Albers (1888-1976) Study for Tautonym, 1944, Oil and graphite on blotting paper 35.2 x 58.1 cm, The Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop, inv. no. 9/414 Photography: The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Conn.
Our 'Disruption' collection is currently available as a series of 45cm x 45cm cushions, screen printed here in our Glasgow based studio onto a soft linen/cotton material. Each side has a contrasting print and all our cushions come with a luxurious duck filled feather inner that is also made here in the UK.
You can shop the new collection here.
(Photos of cushions by Caro Weiss)