"Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there
weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you
wouldn't be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how
overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person
can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one
person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be
that one person." -Bucky Fuller
When ROVVEL was given the opportunity to style a shoot for San Francisco based clothing designers Betabrand and their new Polkaflage trench, Anna and I just couldn't pass it up. We tossed around some pretty crazy ideas---yes nymphs in trees taking men hostage was on the table--- But we decided on a sleek, urban setting for this military inspired piece.
And come on, an afternoon with these ladies is not a bad gig...Our fabulous model Hailey is on the right, and my partner in crime is on the left. (Note: if you are getting tired of hearing about ROVVEL, please immediately stop reading this blog, because we are just getting started!)
With some impromptu styling and a hand-picked location in the Mission District of San Francisco, we focused on playing up the polka dots by immersing the shoot in round elements--the restaurant's facade, pizza, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls...you get the idea.
Like I said, too much fun! Check out more images of our shoot on Anna's blog here. If you've fallen in love with the coat like we have, grab it while you can on Betabrand's site.
kooSH :: Kat VanCleave
Material Exploration + Surface Development
Here's a glimpse at some of my latest material explorations...
kooSH is the result of an investigatory exploration into the haptic realm and the socially perceived boundaries of personal space and interaction. The desire to create an immersive environment surfaced early in the process with the goal of detaching the individual from the normal confines of urban life and space. Research of and investigation into the socially acceptable allocations of space and that of preconception aided in developing the vehicle in which these explorations could be tested. A heightened sensitivity to the haptic realm was expressed through a series of tangible material explorations designed to achieve a phenomenological spatial experience. The resulting surface is a fantastical manifestation of enticement and sensuality rooted in humans' inherent curiosity of the unusual and the intimate sense of connection developed by and strengthened through touch.
And of coarse Anna, the second half of ROVVEL was there to support me! We're cookin' up some goodies for you right with this surface.