Surface Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes

Oren Veksler is a talented artist who has been a photographer for many years. When I met Oren a few months ago, she was at the beginning of a new and exciting journey in her creative career – working on a first collection of printed leather shoes.

Textile Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Oren loves color and patterns (as do I!) and it was important to her that all shoes have an element of solid color AND an element of print. She also wanted to include some of her photography work into her designs and give them a more graphic interpretation. That’s where I happily came in.

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Working with Oren first on her summer collection and later also on her winter collection, I turned to draw inspiration from her artistic history, her home and her photographs. Many of Oren’s works deal with the concept of home, as a comforting yet fragile place.

Oren’s photography series ‘Beit’ (means ‘Home’ in Hebrew), is showing photographs of uniquely built Lego houses. These houses almost look like small fortresses lit (or burning?) from within.

Photographs by Oren Veksler

Photographs by Oren Veksler

Working with the original photographs I created new graphic images of the Lego houses and positioned them floating (or are they falling?) in space. I added strips of warm Yellow and browns, as Oren wanted this print to be particularly bold-colored.

Textile Pattern Design by PINEAPPLE Studio for Oren Veksler Shoes

Surface Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes

The fragility of the concept of ‘Home’ as it comes across in this work, resulted in one of Oren’s best-selling shoes! :)

Textile Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Another surface pattern design we worked on was this de-constructed map, which Oren is using in her upcoming winter collection.

Pattern Design by PINEAPPLE Studio for Oren Veksler Shoes

Textile Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes

Oren lives in a small town only a few kilometers from the border with Gaza. This print represents the dual meaning of home for those living on both sides of the border – as a place of safety and comfort but also of war and danger.

Surface Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Surface Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

‘Her own room’ – another series of photographs by Oren Veksler, showing photographs of women in their private environments.

Photographs by Oren Veksler

Photographs by Oren Veksler

For this series I created placed surface designs to fit the exact shape of the shoe. I tried to keep the idea and feel of the original photographs while giving them a more graphic look – which works great on printed shoes:

Textile Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Surface Design for Oren Veksler Shoes

Each of the women is concentrated in her craft or in her thoughts – completely inside her own private corner of the world, not noticing the the busy sounds of the outside, represented by the dense lines of text.

Surface Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Working on these surface pattern designs with Oren Veksler was a challenging and wonderful experience. Oren has an exquisite eye for shoes and for combining the right elements together to create classic feminine shoes with a fresh point of view. I look forward to working with her on her next collections!

All shoe photos are by Oren Veksler. You can see more of her beautiful shoes here.

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Contemporary Artisan – Israeli Designer Event

Contemporary Artisan

I’m am proud and honored for my printed leather fashion accessories to be invited to participate in a unique art and design 2-day event taking place in New Jersey this Saturday and Sunday.

Contemporary Artisan is a designer event which aims to “connect local Jewish communities with the young, evolving art scene in Israel. Introducing young talent, hearing their stories, understanding their artistic statement in a way that is currently limited to visitors to Israel who have access to the studios where these artists and designers work.”

The event will be offering for sale quality designer fashion and home decor, all made by talented Israeli designers. My line of printed leather belts, bracelets and purses will also be offered for sale.

Take a look at the event’s website and Facebook page to see some of the amazing  designs in this special event.

And if you happen to be in the area – you’re welcome to visit!

Invitation for the first day – Saturday, September 20th, 2014:

Contemporary Artisan Invitation - Sep. 20th

Invitation for the second day – Sunday, September 21st, 2014:

Contemporary Artisan Invitation - Sep. 21st

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Whimsical Works by Minifanfan

The Blue Bob Girl - Brooch or Magnet by Minifanfan

The Blue Bob Girl – Brooch or Magnet by Minifanfan

When I first came across one of Minifanfan works the things that most caught my eye were the colors and the out of the ordinary creatures.

The Musicians - Drawing by Minifanfan

The Musicians – Drawing by Minifanfan

Designer Gee Fan Eng defines her work as “Happy Drawings for Happy People” and when I looked at it I could immediately understand why.

Sherry The Rabbit Girl with Love - Wearable Art by Minifanfan

Sherry The Rabbit Girl with Love – Wearable Art by Minifanfan

There is something very sweet and lovable in these creations. The whimsical creatures are absolutely adorable and the unusual color palette adds an unique twist to it all.

Bear and Rabbit Hug Love - Button Badges by Minifanfan

Bear and Rabbit Hug Love – Button Badges by Minifanfan

You can find out more about her and see much more of her happy drawings in the Minifanfan website & Etsy shop.

Put Your Hands Up - Drawing by Minifanfan

Put Your Hands Up – Drawing by Minifanfan

Of all her works this one here is my favorite :) Which is yours?

How To Become A Monster - Pillow Cover by Minifanfan

How To Become A Monster – Pillow Cover by Minifanfan

 

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