Tibi founder, Amy Smilovic, has collaborated with @60inches founder, Kipton Cronkite, to celebrate the talents of three emerging artists, Miriam Cabessa, Vincent Edmond Louis and Jason Varone. Each one, chosen from a selected group of 70+ candidates, is currently part of the @60inches community, a highly-regarded resource for rising artists, providing the means to showcase their work online to collectors and industry professionals.
Amy comes from a family of painters and has been a long-time backer of the creative arts: partnering in the past with The New Museum NYC; donating to and attending The Whitney Museum of Art events; and hiring young, local talent to install window displays and collection-inspired artwork in the Tibi SoHo store.
For this particular project, Amy chose to partner with @60inches for its unique and varying pool of talent. Three artists were selected (based on past work which best reflected the brand’s clean and minimal aesthetic) to design a piece inspired by the creative inspiration, colors and fabrications of Tibi’s Pre-Fall 14 collection.
The artists and their finished products will be introduced at a dedicated event on Wednesday, June 11th in the Tibi store, where Amy will choose the piece that best represents her Pre-Fall vision. The winning artist will display his or her commissioned work, along with a small selection of former pieces, for one month in the boutique. Additionally, the Tibi fashion-inspired art will be for sale on @60inches in a special section of the website following the event.
About Tibi Pre-Fall Collection -
Tibi’s passion for nature resurfaces with the Pre-Fall 2014 collection. Elements of a primeval forest emerge in the collection’s key looks and defining prints. Bearing a handmade feel, rich fabrics including jacquards, boucle, mélange and mohair fabrics give the wearer a soft sensibility. While the coziness and softness of the natural forest are celebrated, the collection communicates a sense of modernity with sharp and graphic prints, utilitarian details in the hardware and a clean color palette of black, white, mauve pink and moss green.
About the Artists
Jason Varone is a Brooklyn native and NYU graduate, who combines both technology and traditional technique for a unique style of “video painting”. Interested in landscapes for the information that runs through them, Varone looks to highlight the natural element of topography in a modern light. His artwork has been exhibited in many venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Boston Center for the Arts, The British Film Institute, The International Center of Photography and Art in General in New York City. His work is in the permanent collection of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the Library of Congress in the U.S.
Miriam Cabessa is a Moroccan born New Yorker known for her physical style of work. Rather than painting with a brush, Cabessa works with her hands and other objects to create abstract pieces that are a record of her movement. To capture the essence of this project, Cabessa will paint with a piece of clothing from Tibi’s Pre-Fall collection, which will hang alongside her commissioned piece of work. She had a solo show in the Tel Aviv Museum in 1995 and represented Israel in the 1997 Venice Biennale. Cabessa's work is in the permanent collections of the Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Hafia Museum of Modern Art.
Vincent Edmond Louis was born in Nimes, France and currently lives and works in London, where he attended Central Saint Martins College of Art. Always looking to push the boundaries of traditional photography, Vincent will manipulate the image through paint, proportion, or text in attempts to add another dimension. An avid traveler, Vincent continues to be inspired by new frontiers and different cultures. He has exhibited in New York, Paris, London, Basel, Stockholm, New Delhi, Monaco, Miami, Gothenburg, Bogota, Istanbul, Geneva, Baden-Baden, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Crans-Montana and Zurich and his work is in many prestigious private collections.