Within Appeal

Within Appeal

>> I know you've probably seen this plea on the Telegraph or Its Nice That and I don't normally promote Kickstarter campaigns unless they're really special so apologies in advance for the repetition but this does deserve the attention, I promise.  Whilst Central Saint Martins' main fashion figurehead mantle belongs to Louise Wilson for sure, those in the know or are alumni of the school will no doubt also hold Howard Tangye, senior lecturer and head of womenswear design at CSM, in equally high regard.  He has taught designers such as John Galliano (who has been quoted to say "Howard Tangye ‚Äì the most inspiring illustrator and tutor there."), Hussein Chalayan, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, Richard Nicoll (one of the his portrait sitters – see if you can spot him below…) and more.  Tangye is also a noted artist, who has been working prolifically on beautiful illustrations depicting the clothed figure for the past forty years but prefers to concentrate on his work as a fashion teacher.  

Having previously declined to work with several publishers, Tangye has finally stepped into the limelight with his incredible body of work by collaborating with London/Paris-based design studio stinsensqueeze (STSQ) on a book entitled Within, which looks to be a really stunning ode to high quality print.  The goal isn't just to put out a lazy compliation of drawings but to create a unique object, attuned to Tangye's sensitive drawings.  Which is why they have chosen to use Kickstarter to crowdsource funds for the book.  STSQ wanted to use the best printing techniques, the best paper possible and have sourced everything locally to create this tactile experience of a book, something that they would not have been able to control if it had gone through a publishing house.  I'm itching to thumb through the pages just from the sneak peek photos below.  

Within will document the story of Tangye's lifelong passion for drawing and the relationship between him and his sitters, mostly characters he has encountered whilst teaching at CSM, which makes for interesting and often irreverantly stylish subject matter.   The book doesn't just reduce Tangye's sitters to ID-less drawings as he describes the attributes which attracted him to each sitter as well as narrating their experience of posing for Tangye.  There will be 52 portraits in total as well as an introduction by Abraham Thomas, curator of design at the Victoria & Albert Museum, an essay by Marie McLoughlin, dress historian at the University of Brighton and photographs of Tangye's working environment by my friend, the wonderful Kasia Bobula.

As per most Kickstarter projects, the more you donate, the more you get and if your money bags are particularly full, then original drawings by Tangye are up for grabs as well as the offer to create your own visual identity by the STSQ folks (judging by their past work you'd be in safe hands).  They've already reached ¬£23,000 of their ¬£30,000 goal, with two weeks to go, so this is a final nudge to get them to the finishing line and make this book a reality.  

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  1. M

    2013-06-20 at 2:30 PM

    great post:)

  2. Catrine

    2013-06-20 at 3:36 PM

    Wow, thank you for introducing me to the work of Howard Tangye. I’d never heard of him before and his work is beautiful! It’s amazing that he inspired so many designers!
    ~catrine
    http://hausofcatrine.blogspot.com/

  3. Denisse

    2013-06-20 at 5:39 PM

    His work is amazing, thank you for introducing me to it! I would love to buy the book and Kickstarter is simply a great way of supporting independent works.

  4. Denisa

    2013-06-20 at 7:29 PM

    Peerfect paintings.
    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  5. uniformes cali

    2013-06-20 at 11:09 PM

    Its beautiful !!

  6. Martina

    2013-06-20 at 11:17 PM

    Reminds me so much of Egon Schiele. Actually, I dare say some of these paintings are an interpretation of Schiele’s portraits

  7. Putri Soe

    2013-06-21 at 12:02 AM

    I’m not really the expert in illustration, but i love these. And the fact the chose to focus on being a teacher instead of, dare i say, “dive” into the capitalistic fashion business intrigues me the most.

  8. milex

    2013-06-21 at 12:53 AM

    That’s exactly what I like
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Peach Black

    2013-06-21 at 7:36 AM

    If I had money I would donate in a second. Because I really love his illustrations and think he diserves to have this book published. But I hope that this book does get published, because people need to see this kind of beauty.
    <3
    xoxoxox

  10. jeanne berre

    2013-06-21 at 10:03 AM

    I am very touched by this kind of portraits. The line is very sensitive. You could almost touched fabrics, colors are very bright and deep. Thank you for this discovery.

  11. Royal Wang

    2013-06-21 at 10:19 AM

    Outstanding artist,so into his artworks,and thank you for always teaching us so much more culture issues !
    http://www.fashionculturediary.blogspot.it/

  12. RIYKA

    2013-06-21 at 11:25 AM

    WOW!! these are incredibly beautiful, kinda shined some light on my very bleak morning! thanks 🙂

  13. Qclothing

    2013-06-21 at 1:00 PM

    These are really appealing!

  14. Broken Cookies

    2013-06-21 at 1:20 PM

    Howard is a genius.. I am studying at Central Saint Martins myself, he is a great tutor and an amazing illustrator. love his work!
    xx, Sabinn
    Broken Cookies

  15. Aida

    2013-06-21 at 1:44 PM

    These are stunning. He’s a brilliant artist. Thanks for introducing him to me. The book looks amazing and I wish him all the best
    -Aida
    http://sunshinesuperwoman.blogspot.co.uk

  16. FripperyVintage

    2013-06-21 at 8:26 PM

    These are images are gorgeous thanks for introducing him!

  17. Matilda Munyard

    2013-06-22 at 7:44 AM

    Wow.
    Matilda Munyard 12 year old fashion blogger fledgling.

  18. edafiliz

    2013-06-23 at 2:42 PM
  19. Deadly Bite

    2013-06-23 at 10:42 PM

    Very interesting work. This man has an incredible skill. He makes clothes look incredibly realistic and kinda unreal at the same time. Really cool B)

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