Gaudi is sewing hereKayBi
The Gaudi collection was created in tribute to the great artist Antonio Gaudi, who was far ahead of his time in terms of his architectural vision.
Looking at his fantastic works of art, I have a feeling that Gaudi has been looking at the world through the eyes of a child all his life. He loved to play with colours and set his individual style in the approach to architecture, and most importantly, he did not see any limits, designing with panache and beyond the measure of his times. Colourful mosaic sculptures in Park Guell, the original Casa Mila tenement house or his most famous work, Sagrada Familia, aroused and still arouse amazing and often controversial emotions. Personally, I had the great pleasure of visiting Barcelona following the Gaudi route and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Coming back to the collection, it is unique for several reasons. First of all, because it was created the longest of all collections – almost nomen omen 9 months 😉
I thought about the choice of colours for a long time because I wanted them to blend in perfectly with each other. In the end, my choice fell on fuchsia, two shades of turquoise, emerald and chameleon (marine). Thanks to this, the collection, just like Gudi’s works, is colorful and expressive.
Another very laborious step was to arrange the mosaic and arrange each element in the most appropriate place for it. Here, I took into account both visual and practical features. I watched how individual colours behave in different types of lighting. I arranged them side by side in several configurations and looked at which were the best and did not dominate each other.
Then, in the design studio, we also spent a long time thinking about how to combine my vision with practice, which was the biggest challenge. To this day, I can see their facial expressions as I showed them the sketches. Contrary to appearances, sometimes it is much easier to come up with something than do it, but what we like most about this job are challenges.
And here the greatest challenge is the sewing technique called patchwork, pieces of knitted fabric of various sizes and shapes, mainly triangular and trapezoidal sewn together, creating an original, non-accidental pattern resembling a mosaic.
Patchwork is a very laborious technique, but it gives an original and interesting effect in the form of highlighting every smallest piece of mosaic. All pieces are stitched with a white thread, which makes each stitch very visible and the slightest imperfections will not hide.
In terms of sewing, each model is a small work of art and for this perfect workmanship, the ladies from the design studio deserve great applause, thanks to whom my vision could see the light of day. And although there was blood, sweat and tears, I hope you’ll find it was worth it. Certainly, we would not be able to achieve such an effect if the models were sewn from a uniform knitted fabric made even in an identical pattern, which was created by patchwork. It is patchwork and precisely arranged individual pieces of multi-colored knitwear that make this unique and one-of-a-kind look of each model and it can be said that it is a unique handicraft.
Another challenge was to prepare the construction of individual models because it had to be divided into different pieces, and sewn into a coat, sweatshirt or bomber.
In order not to be too easy, my first idea was to make the coats double-sided, on the one side patchwork on the other, chameleon, but after long attempts only the bomber jacket is double-sided. This is due to the fact that the patchwork pieces joined together are much heavier, there are also connections of pieces and threads, therefore, under the influence of a greater weight, the combined knitted fabric stretches more than its uniform piece. Since the coat is much larger than the Bomber jacket, it cannot be made of two parts that are so different in weight.
However, in my opinion, the coats can be worn as if it were one model and it looks very interesting and original, which can be seen in the presented photos.
An additional advantage of the coat is the fact that it can be worn at any time of the year as a dress or a long sweatshirt.
To sum up, the preparation of only one model is long and tedious work, but its effect can certainly please your eyes. And the awareness that you are wearing a real piece of tailoring art, exceptionally unique, which many people will not have.
For all these reasons and a longer production process (up to 3 weeks), both models of Shawl and Trench Gaudi coats are sewn on request only. However, I hope you will find it worth the wait.
The more that it is very universal and practical, it can be combined with other models from various collections. All inspiration is here: https://kaybi.eu/kapsula-kaybi/