Ship Dazzle + Michael Miller

Dazzle II, 48"x48"
I was recently introduced by a dear friend to the work of Michael Miller, a Scottish artist living and working in New York City.
Dazzle I, 60"x48"
I am really loving the "Dazzle, Reveal / Conceal" series, and looking at these along side the dazzle painted ships that were his inspiration.

I had never heard of "Dazzle Camouflage" until seeing and reading about his work.  The "Camouflage" not making the ships invisible, but instead changing the perception and depth so it wouldn't be such an easy enemy target.

Dazzle Camouflage used in WWI, and to a lesser extent in WWII


You can see more of Michael Miller's work here:

Dreamy Underwater Painting

Behind the scenes - love seeing artist's studios!


New York artist Kim Keever combines so many elements in his work - painting, sculpture and ultimately capturing a moment in time through photography.

Keever creates these "underwater paintings" in a large fish tank. When describing the composition, "paint patterns and color are the main focus" according to Keever in this Abstract series that he started developing in 2012.

I find so much inspiration in these dreamy images!

You can find more on his website: 

And to see them in person at the gallery Waterhouse & Dodd.


Meet Gia, the Designer of Unearthen

We had a chance to stop by Unearthen's booth at (capsule) in NYC and check out the new collection! Unearthen is one of our favorite brands at Line & Label.  We love their unique settings and designer Gia Bahm's juxtaposition of refined and raw materials and design.
A preview of the new Unearthen pieces we tried on at (capsule).
Unearthen sophisticately mixes classic and polished shapes with rough and rugged stones and metals. We love the look of a perfect gold chain with a chunk of garnet or a braided gold ring with a smooth pearl.
Smokey Quartz Prism Studs
We had a chance to interview Gia about her favorite things, scroll through below!

How did you come up with your brand name?

I thought of the name by word association...hours and hours of it! One word kept leading me to the next through thesaurus etc...and then finally the word "Unearthen" popped into my head, and it just felt right! It's funny cuz it's not even a real word.

What inspires you? 

Nature mostly, music, perfume and cooking. In that order.

Animal, vegetable, or mineral? And why? 

Minerals, of course! And at the moment it would be Opals and Geodes. It's what we used in tons of the AW15 collection.

What is your favorite thing about LA? 

I just feel like it's a really happy and healthy place. And there's so many things to explore just outside of the city - head north to Big Sur, south to the beach, east to the desert. There is space for quality time that I personally couldn't find for myself before living here.

What is your favorite type of stone to work with? 

Besides opals and Tabasco geodes of the moment, I will always love just plain quartz. It's like the vanilla ice cream of stones. So simple and so perfect. Add stuff to it, or enjoy it on it's own, either way it holds it's own.

A new quartz Unearthen piece that we saw at (capsule).


What is your favorite kind of jewelry to make?

Rings! I make way too many!


If you had to pick 1 Disney cartoon character to describe yourself, who would it be? 

Ha! This is a funny question. I have no idea - but can I be Ariel?

Behind the Scenes: Making Our Embellished Leather Military Jackets

Fall has officially arrived! Here in Brooklyn, the leaves are turning brilliant colors and the air has suddenly become cool and crisp. Just like you, we're craving a fresh color palette and unique pieces to enhance our favorite go-to wardrobe staples for the season.

The answer? We've created a line of vintage military jackets with embellished leather and suede details. A perfect twist on the fall outerwear basic.  A neutral jacket you can throw on that will go with anything. Designed to stand out and make an elegant and bohochic sartorial statement.

A behind the scenes look:

We've been making our embellished military jackets in the back of the shop.

Our hand drafted pattern pieces for the leather embellishments are pinned onto the studio wall for easy access. The pattern pieces start with a sketch and then are carefully retraced for the embellishment to come to life.

Once the pattern is finalized, we cut each leather pattern piece out by hand.

Pattern pieces are arranged on the center back of the jacket.

The embellishment pieces are then stitched to the jacket. The tricky thing about leather? Once the sewing machine needle goes in, the hole that been made is permanent. No redos allowed here! Have no fear, Kate knows the trick to getting the perfect stitch.

Which one's your fav?






Meet Christian Joy: Costume Designer for Karen O, Santigold, & Oh Land

For designer Christian Joy, textile prints are just as important as a garment's silhouette.

1. What brought you to Brooklyn/NYC?

It was always my dream to move to NYC. My brother was living here and so it made it easier for me to move. I really never thought of being anywhere else in the world. 


2. Did you always dream of having your own line?

More than anything I wanted to be an artist. I fell into creating clothes by accident and after meeting Karen O, I became her costume designer almost by default. I really didn't have any idea what I was doing, but I decided that if I was going to pursue making clothing and costumes that I would need to learn all of the different aspects of design and so I began buying books and taught myself. 


Karen O performing in an outfit by Christian joy. Photo Credit: Rachel Warner


3. Tell us about the musicians and performances you've worked with. Any fun collaborations?

Well of course, Karen O is my favorite. I really couldn't ever ask for better than the relationship I've had with her. It's endlessly inspiring and always fun and exciting. I've also worked with the Klaxons, Santigold and Oh Land, and I have really enjoyed making costumes for each band and performer. One of my favorite parts of working with performers is learning to understand how they move on stage and complimenting their performance style with a great costume. Recently I've also had the privilege of working with two amazing dancers, Anna Sperber and ballet dancer Isabella Boylston who was just promoted to a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater.  


Christian Joy's "Bok Joy" exhibit at the Knockdown Center.


4. What inspires you?

Food, l love eating with friends and having exciting conversations. Artists who inspire me are John Waters and Sonia Delaunay. My husband, he has a really amazing voice. I wish I could sing like him. My whole life would be made.


5. Describe your ideal day off.

Eating my way around the city and thrifting. 


Dancing Amoeba's. Photo Credit: Ioulex


6. What is your favorite thing about what you do?

I have to say that I love almost every moment of what I do. I find it so exciting to constantly get to come up with new ideas. 


Linen Dress by Christian Joy, available at Line & Label. Click on the photo to see other Christian Joy pieces available at the shop.


7. Talk to us about your process.  It seems like you design many of your textile prints as well as the garments.

Yes, I love creating prints and embellishments. I really prefer fairly simple pieces that have a lot of flow to them. They're a lot more fun to print and I love the idea of them drifting through the air on stage or making a big statement with a pose. I love movement so in my costumes especially I try to create movement whether through an optic print or color combo or by using lots of fabric and fringe. 


Yarnz Teal Hen Woman Cashmere & Silk Scarf


L&L Grey Leather Bucket Bag


8. Besides your collection, do you have any favorite pieces at L&L?  

Well, I have to say that it looks like my favorite pieces are also everyone else's because they're sold out! I love the Batik pieces especially the skirts. The Yarnz scarves and of course the Line & Label Grey Drawstring Bucket Bag. Sounds like my perfect combo of prints and a bold color in a beautiful shape!