Artist Anne O'Connor has turned her coveted works into wearable pieces thanks to her collaboration with online platform Vida. We caught up with the Tasmanian creative to talk design and inspiration.
Describe your designs in three words: Impressionistic, textural and unique.
How did you become involved in this project? I received an email from Erica Carter, Head of Artist Relations at Vida to consider collaborating with them as a designer to create wearable art. A colleague within their organization had found my art work online and recommended me as a future artist with them. So, using their software and my designs, I created a few pieces for approval and was accepted.
What do you love most about it? Manipulating my designs and watching them come alive and be transformed from an object that may hang on a wall, to an item of wearable art that is unique to me through its creation.
What kind of wearable art do you currently offer? Vida is a Google Ventures Company and is relatively new. As a partner designer with them, I sell a variety of scarves and tops in various fabrics, details of which can be found online. The structural design of these items and fabrics are decided by Vida, but it is the artwork I create that transforms them from a basic structure with no color into a live-able, wearable art form.
Is this something you always imagined doing? Initially no, my aim was always to be an artist with work that hung on people's walls, but some years ago, my sister-in-law suggested that my work would look really good if it was transformed into a silk scarf. She also added that if I ever managed to do this, she would buy one. So when this request came, I saw it as an option to do just that. I took up the offer and through Vida, I have the ability to transform my art work into wearable art.
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