Thursday, 6 June 2013

Howard Tangye - The Artist

Here's a project that I've been working on with design studio Stinsensqueeze. This is a project that has just gone live on Kickstarter.

If you're not familiar with it, Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of pounds to projects from all creative fields.

This project is a book titled WITHIN and features the work of artist Howard Tangye. Howard is best known for his work, as a designer, illustrator and teacher in the world of fashion. As head of womenswear at Central Saint Martins, he has taught designers such as John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, Richard Nicoll, and Julie Verhoeven amongst others.

Until recently his work as an artist was less well known. His distinctive style depicting the clothed figure is finally gaining wider recognition and in 2012, a selection of 56 of his drawings and watercolours, were donated to the V&A

Richard Nicoll
Howard Tangye with Stina and Louise from Stinsesqueeze (
Stina and Louise first met Howard when studying at Central Saint Martins in 2010 and admired his work ever since. Since that first meeting they've built up a 3 year continuous collaboration, culminating in this project. Howard has previously declined working with several established publishers since he chooses to distinguish his work as a fashion teacher, from his personal work as an artist. The introduction is written by Abraham Thomas, Curator of Design at the V&A, together with an essay by Marie McLoughlin, dress historian at the University of Brighton.
An important factor for all the collaborators is to capture his narrative and the sensitivity of his work, whilst ensuring there is no compromise on the reproduction of the artwork and the production of the book. They spoke to me about the paper side of things and decided on a combination of our Omnia White and Natural 150gsm which would faithfully reproduce the artworks whilst still lending the tactility of the original materials used. They partnered with London based printer Jigsaw Colour who has extensive experience in fine art printing.  In order to get funding by Kickstarter, Paul Martin at Jigsaw Colour produced a fully working pre-production dummy (which is beautiful)

Please have a look at the following KICKSTARTER page - watch the short video - and even  better, pledge some money!

Posted by Justin Hobson 06.06.2012

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