Sunday, April 27, 2008

Closeknit's Models

What is the process behind choosing the models for Closeknit? Many people have asked why Closeknit does not use professional models if it is a fashion brand. Closeknit is more about building an artist's community as well as being a design driven fashion company. Closeknit also has a strong concept behind it.

"Closeknit or being closeknit can refer to your relationship to people, cultures, or ideas"

One important aim of Closeknit is to promote other artists/designers/creative types. All of Closeknit's models are designers or artists in their own right.


Hiro is a painter and illustrator from Japan/Brooklyn who I met while at Parsons School of Design. Anders is a painter and Adam is a product designer, both whom I met while at Parsons. Nicky is a graffiti artist/graphic artist who is currently at The School of Visual Arts. Ian is a shoe designer who I met while we both worked for Fila. And Sammy is an up and coming comedian who I have known from childhood.

I have also been asked the question why only a certain type of model? It’s never been about a certain type. Closeknit is about diversity and about being a globally aware and influenced brand. The requirements to become a Closeknit model is if you would like your own artwork/music/comedy etc promoted and are interested in Closeknit's designs and can relate to the aim and goals of the company.


Friday, April 25, 2008

Funny but true!

If you are Indian American or Asian American you will find this blog to be true and funny. Even if you are not Asian this blog is to be appreciated. The blog entries, video clips, and photos are very entertaining. The style of writing is witty and very creative.



Check it out...



http://www.stuffindianslike.com/

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Saint Thomas More

When I saw this painting at the Frick Collection some years back, I was stunned by the richness of it. (Especially how well it had been preserved for centuries).

The color, the expression on the sitters face, and how beautifully the velvet on the sleeves was rendered. This painting is from 1527 by Hans Holbein the Younger. I did not remember who the painting was a portrait of.

Last year I became a huge fan of the Tudors on showtime. I watch that show, mostly because of my love of history. I really liked the character of Sir Thomas More and was really drawn in by the character story line. Then I realized that Sir More and Saint More are the same person. I read up on my history and found out that one of my favorite portraits is of Saint Thomas More.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

H20 Exhibit at AMNH

If you haven't seen the H20 exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, go see it!
I admit when I went to go see it I was like, how much can one inform someone about water?
The info graphics were amazing, and the amount of information was mind blowing.
The exhibition covered all topics from history, to archeology, to myths, religion, politics, etc.
One very important fact that I learnt was that there is not enough fresh water on our planet for every person.
Water is an extremely precious commodity and should not be wasted.


http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/water/

Monday, April 21, 2008

Color

I love using color. I love pigment, new hues, paints, inks, crayons, etc. Usually designers start with a Pantone Standard Color book, or (PMS) colors when deciding to mix a color for printing. I usually flip through the book like a color wheel and start mixing my own pigments. Almost all the shirts for Closeknit have been printed with ink that has been hand mixed. I never match a color to a PMS swatch, instead add and blend colors as I choose. Closeknit also only prints with Aqueous inks, which are water based inks. When printed with they blend well with the fabric, so the ink is not raised on the fabric but is smooth to touch. The ink is also less dangerous to the environment. The design becomes one with the fabric and feels better on the skin.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Met

I have been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC numerous times. Everytime I am there, I discover something new. Either I get lost in a wing and discover a new era, or the paintings are in rotation and new ones are brought out of storage. It houses one of the most beautiful and extensive collections of art. This time I saw the Gustave Courbet exhibition, definitely worth seeing.




http://www.metmuseum.org/

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Jodha Akbar

Jodha Akbar is a Bollywood film about the marriage of Akbar the Great ( one of India's greatest rulers )
and his Rajput princess wife Jodha set in the 16th Century. When I saw this movie was playing in NYC, I was like oh its another love story from Bollywood.

Was I blown away by the story, the costumes, the sets, the jewelry, the music, etc. The movie was a complete inspiration. Hirthik Roshan was an amazing Akbar and Aishwariya Rai was as gorgeous as always.

The movie with all its visuals still had a very powerful message and story line. How a king could bring about unity and reform among so many different kinds of people and improve relations between Hindus and Muslims as well as other religions. How a ruler had secular views and was able to embrace his people regardless of religion and improve the welfare of his people.

At the same time Akbar ruled India, Queen Elizabeth brought about the Golden Age in England.

The film is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker the same director as Laagan another great period piece.


http://www.jodhaaakbar.com/

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Silkscreening

All of Closeknit's shirts are hand silkscreened. The inks are all custom mixed and then the design is printed by hand and not by machine. I try to experiment with colors and pigments, sometimes mixing various shimmers and other types of inks to give the design a certain sheen. No two t-shirts are the same. Each shirt is individually silk-screened by hand, therefore setting each design apart, and the individual who wears them. Closeknit's products are not just a fashion line but are art pieces. The designs each have a concept and process behind them that it takes to actually execute the design.




All the shirts are printed on American Apparel products. Why American Apparel? American Apparel makes a better and higher quality tshirt. The cotton is finer, it takes pigment better, and the overall fit is great. Plus they are a sweatshop free operation and their products are made in the US.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

New Lightweight Shirt

A new shirt is up under "Sammy" on Closeknitclothing.com
This design is inspired by southeast Asia and is called the "Yali" shirt. The print is silkscreened with silver metallic ink.
The fabric of this shirt is a lighter weight than our other shirts. It is a thinner material and has a slimmer fit. It is printed on the "summer" shirt from American Apparel.

Tibetan Freedom

Tibet has always served as a great inspiration for my artwork. I have been aware of the political turmoil in Tibet for many years. It is sad to see a culture with so much great art, culture, and heritage being repressed. His Holiness the Dalai Lama can't even return to his homeland and lives in Darmasala, India. As an artist it is important in my eyes to help in what way I can to preserve this great culture.

Last year I was asked to take part in a skateboard art show called Untitledshow.com. The skateboard I painted has a Tibetan Snow Lion from the 15th century as the main graphic. This skateboard also inspired a tshirt. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the tshirt goes to Students for a Free Tibet.
www.studentsforafreetibet.org


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Seeking Closeknit Girl

We are currently putting a women's collection together. I am seeking a female model who would also be an artist, dancer, actress, etc ( creative type ) who would be willing to model and in turn would receive exposure on the website. She would have to fit a top size S or M. If you know of anyone or would like to join Closeknit please get in touch. Thanks!

New Technique


This year's model is Sammy Obeid, a comedian from the Bay Area. Check out Sammy's work at www.myspace.com/Sammykobeid.

This collection also features a new finish technique. The black shirt has the "guys" logo but instead of being silkscreened it is printed with black foil.  The effect becomes tonal. black foil on a black background. Check it out at www.closeknitclothing.com under Sammy. 

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Welcome to Closeknit

Welcome to Closeknit's new Blog. Here I will post all news Closeknit. Posts will include inspirations behind the designs, techniques, design events, and various other topics. A big thank you to the Wold Creative Group.

www.woldcreative.com


www.closeknitclothing.com