YOHJI YAMAMOTO: THIS IS MY DREAM

Beginning with the finalization of the collection and styling for the show in Tokyo, followed by his arrival in New York City to oversee the final touches for the presentation of Y-3’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection, the documentary turns an intimate eye on Yamamoto during fittings, model castings, guitar-playing, philosophical musings, and interactions with his staff and the global team bringing his ideas to life.

In the Pursuit of Inspiration

With this being my first blog post for Derooted I thought that it would be best to share one of the most important things I’ve learned as a design intern. Find ways to always be inspired, whether it is reading a book, going for a walk outside, or doing some random sketches, it is a quintessential thing for anyone in the creative field to take that into consideration to be sure that their work doesn’t become repetitive.

The Really Visible Experience

Who has an industrial espresso machine in their office? Who has teas I couldn’t pronounce just over top of that espresso machine? Who has black glass along the wall that you draw on with white magic markers? It’s none other than only the best internship ever: Derooted Design Agency. In fact, interning almost seems like an understatement for what I did and learned at Derooted; I truly felt like part of the team.

Marian Bantjes

She spent many years as a graphic designer, then decided to follow her own style and shifted into the realm of art. Her work still maintains strong typographic and design elements, but is very personal. The designs she creates are different from what we usually see in modern art and design. Rather than being simple and easy to understand, Bantjes creates ambiguous, intricate, and ornamental work.

Art or Design

I am often burdened with the cumbersome task of trying to explain the difference between an artist and a designer: or perhaps more specifically, the difference between art and design. As articulate as I would like to believe myself to be, I have yet to draw a definitive line between the two. I don’t believe the case to be that my analysis has failed to render a clear definition for each, rather that the definition for the latter is not one that postulates a disambiguation that removes it from the former. In fact the two, at least as concepts, are inseparable: it is akin to removing orange juice from an orange. Yes, one can remove (or extract to be more precise) orange juice from an orange, but one cannot remove orange from orange juice, so to speak. Namely, design is an inherent part of art, a component that despite being one that can be isolated, will always evoke the whole.