20 Mar Missibaba Collaborates | I See the Sea and The Sea Sees Me
Local accessory label Missibaba recently launched an exciting creative collaboration initiative called Kindred Spirits. The new brand initiative will be dedicated to collaborations and will see collections with designers from all walks of life released throughout the year.
The first collection to be part of the project, I See the Sea and the Sea Sees Me, encompasses three limited edition prints designed by graphic designer Naomi Bossert, illustrator Mia Nolting and Missibaba’s own Chloe Townsend.
Each designer was responsible for creating one pattern to be produced in three existing Missibaba styles – the Giant Scarab Purse, the Cha Ching bag and the Wild West Clutch. The designers painted black dye in varying shades onto untreated, natural, locally produced leather.
Chloe’s design was inspired by Japanese woodcuts, the scallop patterns inspired by the sandy homes of fan worms, eyelashy eyes and fish scales. She first painted the pattern in a masking fluid to give it the look of a bleach print, and then filled in the scallops with varying shades of black dye before applying copper leaf to highlight the fish scales.
Naomi drew upon elements of reflection and illusion by using a pattern that could be interpreted in different ways through the use of repetition. The small fish that swim in the waves at the edge of the beach and the multitude of different reflections seen on water and in people’s eyes inspired her unique design. Using a calligraphy pen she was able to create sharper lines than those created by a paintbrush.
Combining abstract shapes and drawings of shells collected on Cape Town beaches, Mia made use of a Japanese ink brush that enabled her to create lines in a variety of thicknesses.
The I See the Sea and the Sea Sees Me collection is available for purchase from the Missibaba Bree Street shop or online at www.missibaba.com.