My very talented cousin, Craig Flood, is a videographer in Portland, Oregon
. Back in November, he was visiting NYC and staying with me as a houseguest during photoshoot week for our Winter collection (coming tomorrow—so excited!). When I began telling him about the concept for the art history-inspired shoot I was working on for the collection, he thought it sounded like the perfect subject for a video story—and so we decided to do a cousin collaboration!
Craig tagged along with me on the days leading up to the shoot and captured a nice look at the process involved in weaving it all together.
I've had the idea of doing a collection of designs inspired by art historical references for years. I loved the idea of bringing my post-academia love of art history together with our work at Brooklyn Tweed in some way. In college I spent 9 months abroad in Rome studying art history and fell in love with the lighting and composition of paintings from the Baroque period, especially those of the Dutch Masters like Vermeer and Rembrandt. I thought it would be a fun creative challenge to create imagery inspired by this genre of painting for a knitwear collection, and to use art historical references as a springboard for our designers to begin concepts for their garments. Last November, when our Design Team convened in NYC for our regular design retreat, we took a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
to gather inspiration for some of our newest patterns in the Winter 15 collection.
Craig's video is a nice glimpse into our process for putting a shoot together; I hope you enjoy it! (I'm much more comfortable behind
the camera—leave it to my little cousin to get me to sit for an interview!)
A huge thanks to Craig
for making this beautiful video and enhancing my own creative journey on this project!
And of course, stay tuned for the new collection tomorrow morning! (You'll get an early peek at the designs in our "History of Art" story at the end of the video.)