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Designer Feature: Black Badger Advanced Composites

March 25th, 2009 Comments off
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Finally it’s time for the feature on James Thompson and his Black Badger operation. We did a shoot to show some of the pieces he has made. Product-shots you can find on his homepage, BlackBadger.se. James put together a little presentation on himself and his work. Happy reading!

//Peter Lindberg – Editor

I am a 32 year old industrial design student orignally from Vancouver, Canada. I am currently studying in the design masters program at HDK (Högskolan För Design och Konstahantverk) design school here in Göteborg.

In addition to my studies, I own and run a small design company called Black Badger Advanced Composites (www.blackbadger.se) where I work as a composite materials specialist. The majority of my recent work has been in jewlery design, specifically using unconventional materials.

Titanium, carbon fiber, and kevlar-style composites are my specialty. Using industrial, even military, materials in modern jewlery design allows me to create highly innovative, unconventional forms, that would not be possible with other materials. Quite frankly, gold and silver has been done to death. However when working with these industrial materials, it is the design that makes them special. Once we abandon our traditional notions of what is beautiful, countless options arise.

I work primarily with fiber-reinforced composites, so that is everything from carbon fiber like you would find in a advanced aircraft, to Lance Armstrong’s bicycle frame. This amazing material has allowed me to create rings that are barely a single gram in weight, yet are amazingly sturdy.

G10 is my other material of choice. That is a composite based on more of a kevlar-style material, like would be found in bulletproof vests and missile components. Since it can be impregnated with color, it is impossible to scratch. The color 100% penetrates the material. This G10 composite is used primarily in aerospace / military applications, meaning that it is meant to withstand far greater abuse than you could imagine!

I use a playful, almosy childlike esthetic in my work. This creates a wonderful dialogue, as the ring looks like something that would be a prize in a gumball machine, yet is on-par with titanium in its strength. It’s amazingly liberating as a designer!

Most of the carbon fiber I feature in my rings is made from salvage from the motorsports and aerospace industry. This is an intentional effort to lower the carbon footprint (pardon the pun) of the production. It also adds to the appeal of the product if the ring you are wearing is made from a piece of a satellite or F1 race car.

I have also designed and produced a series of rings in pink-tinted G10 composite that I sold to raise money for the Rosa Bandet campaign here in Sweden.

James Thompson
Industrial designer and owner
Black Badger Advanced Composites

Photographs by Peter Lindberg, make-up by Martina Gustafsson, models Herman E and Anette


Fresh Fish 2009 Video

March 17th, 2009 Comments off

A video of the last catwalk show of saturday. Quality isn’t great but… Enjoy!

Video by FashionFriend.se, shot by Kerstin Sondén

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Designer-feature: Rebecca Pirosanto

March 16th, 2009 Comments off

Batik Dress

Batik Dress

Treated/ruffed cotton dress

Treated/ruffed cotton dress

Glittery sleeve dress

Glittery sleeve dress

Biography: Rebecca Pirosanto

Born in Sweden by Italian parents (her grandfather was born in Italy) and raised next to the sea in Långedrag in Gothenburg, Sweden. Rebeccas childhood summers were spent in both Italy or in Kungshamn (small rural fishing-town in Bohuslän, Sweden). She was early taught to fight for what she wanted. The interest in clothing and design was born spending time in her grandmothers cloth-shop, botanizing in fabrics, buttons and sewing-patterns. Her grandmother was the one who taught her to sew and showed her the different qualities and taught her to be inspired by the fabrics and materials.

As the years went by her parents more and more noticed her passion for design and fashion. They have always been 100% supporting her efforts and she received much help from them along the way. In 2006 her dad renovated a room in their basement and Rebecca got her first atelier/studio for which she is very grateful.

Rebecca has a hard time telling what her true sources of influences are, mostly because they are so many. Mostly she thinks that the feeling of creating and the possibilities it opens in relationship with the fabrics.

Her next goal is to get accepted into Tillskärarakademien, a school for learning cutting, pattern-making and sewing. Her ultimate goal is to be able to make a living from her designs. We at FashionFriend believes she has the right talents and capabilities to make dream come true!

Rebecca Pirosanto has no homepage at this moment but she is working on getting one and when it gets online FashionFriend will link to it. Her e-mail is rebecca.pirosanto[a]hotmail.com Photographs by Gustaf Nisses, text editing and image post-production by Peter Lindberg of FashionFriend

Blue jacket with red skirt

Blue jacket with red skirt

Wine-red jacket

Wine-red jacket

Jeans with top

Jeans with top

Mustard dress

Mustard dress

Green dress

Green dress

Fashion from Belarus

March 8th, 2009 Comments off

A group of Belarus design-students under the project name “Melnitsa Mody” or “the fashion mill” visited this years Fresh Fish. Peter Lindberg photographed the last of the three shows.

Photos by Peter Lindberg

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Upcoming feature: Black Badger

March 6th, 2009 Comments off

Black Badger makes jewelry and accessories from materials usually seen in defense-industry and racing. Keep your eyes peeled for the full feature.

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orangeti

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