By now we’ve come to be firm believers in the fact that anything Daniel Ting Chong gets involved in is going to be pretty darn great. The latest project we’re gawking over is one created with Unknown Union, who approached Daniel to design some allover prints for their winter collection that aesthetically reference Shweshwe patterns. “I wanted the illustrations to feel slightly more contemporary, while coherently bringing in subtle nuances of Shweshwe patterns,” Daniel tells us. The chosen motifs are oranges, semaphore flags, ostrich feathers and a compass, with colours appropriated for both black and white fabrics.
For the collection, Daniel worked with Unknown Union’s founder Sean Shuter, and Anees Peterson from Young & Lazy. “The experience was incredibly constructive and informative. Working with two very skilled people almost makes my job easier, and I learnt so much from them about adjusting my design work to be compatible for allover prints,” Daniel explains. “The great thing about working in a completely different discipline or designing something that goes through a production process is that you learn and gain knowledge and think about design in a different way.”
All of the development, from the pattern making to cutting and sewing, took place at the Unknown Union store. “There is always a great moment seeing something you’ve created in a sketchbook or a computer as something tangible and I was really happy with the results. The finishing, printing and cuts of the garments came out beautifully,” says Daniel. It was a job well done all round and that’s why we were glad to hear that earlier this year Daniel worked with Unknown Union on another collection which will be released at a later stage. Keep your eyes peeled!
Shop the collection online.