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Designer Interview: Dan Ojari

March 14, 2013


Courtesy of Camira Fabrics, comes this interview with illustrator and animator Dan Ojari, originally featured on their own blog.

Camira has been working with Dan Ojari, a graduate from the prestigious Royal College of Art, since he produced the Hemp animation in 2012.

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Here we learn more about award winning animator Dan:

Can you give us a little background about yourself and your work?

I grew up in Sheffield and was home educated up until the age of 15. I’ve always loved drawing, making and creating things, and ended up going to Wimbledon Art College in London. It was there that I got into making animations and I’m now working as an animator and director of short films. My most recent short film Slow Derek won several awards internationally and was selected for the Sundance Film Festival last year. I try to make films that create a visually exciting and thoughtful experience for the viewer. Hopefully that allows them to engage with the subject of the film in a subtle and personal way.

How would you describe your work in ten words?

A strange and subtle craft that hopefully inspires wonder and enjoyment. (Sorry that’s 11!)

List five things that have inspired you and your work

Neil Buchanan! Art Attack was such a fantastically creative programme that must have inspired a whole generation of children to draw, paint and sculpt and was most definitely one of them! Bring Neil back!

The Brothers Quay, they make dark, weird and surreal animated films and were a massive inspiration to me when I first started looking at what you can do with the medium of stop motion animation.

The amazing Bruce Bickford, his animations are completely insane in all senses of the word and look like nothing else. I really admire his absolute passion and dedication to his art.

Hollywood! I’ve cleverly condensed a lot of films into this one, but I love film of all kinds and take inspiration from Kubrick to Jean-Claude Van Damme!

My Peers, I find that most all it is the creative people around that inspire me the most. Friends, family and classmates, I think it is important to surround yourself with people who like making things.

How did you begin your career as an animator?

Whilst studying my degree in set design for film and theatre, I decided to make a short animated film, (which ended up being ‘Obscura’). Because animation wasn’t part of the course I had to teach myself most things and the project was a huge learning curve. However I found it an extremely exciting and expressive medium and quickly became obsessed with the wonderful world of animation! I then went on to study an MA in animation the Royal College of Art and since graduating have been working on a variety of projects, commissions and short films.

What’s next?

I’m planning to spend the next month making a very short film that I’ve been developing for a while. It’s going to be technically quite challenging as I plan to film it all outside mostly in a forest. I want to combine time-lapse photography with animated elements, which will hopefully create a surreal otherworldly quality to the film.

Please can you tell us a bit about your work for Camira

I really have enjoyed working with Camira, each project has been a real pleasure, with interesting briefs. The first film for ‘Hemp’ really interested me because it was about telling the story of how this sustainable and eco-friendly fabric is made.

The most recent film for ‘Blazer’ is again explaining the story behind where the wool comes from and how it helps protect the surrounding environment.

The thing I’ve liked most about these commissions is the challenge of making everything out of fabric! As the idea from the start was that everything you would see in the films had to be made from the fabric itself.

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A stopmotion lifecycle of Camira Hemp fabric

March 8, 2013


In 2012, Camira Fabrics commissioned an animation project to mark the launch of their new Hemp fabric.

Camira worked with RCA graduate and Sundance Film Festival nominee, Dan Ojari to produce a stop-motion animation demonstrating the sustainability of hemp.

The video engages the audience with detail of the yarn and lifecycle of the fabric. Starting and finishing with the hemp plant to represent the ecological sustainability of Hemp and our ongoing use of natural materials in contract fabrics.

Dan Ojari, commented on the project: “Making a film using only the Camira Hemp fabric was a challenging and really interesting project for me as an animator, and something I was very keen to experiment with. I found it refreshing making a film in response to the natural themes and ethical nature of the Hemp fabric range.”

Camira wanted to produce visually creative content to represent the natural production of Hemp and bring something completely new to commercial fabrics.

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RJV Designs on fabrics and curtain treatments

September 20, 2012

Rowena Vaughan on twitter Fulham-based interior designer Rowena Vaughan of RJV Designs provides her thoughts on trends and styles in fabrics, curtain treatments and blinds.

The use of fabrics and curtain treatments in interior design has, of recent years, fallen somewhat out of favour. People have leant toward the minimalist shutters and roller blinds. But things are beginning to change. Heavier fabrics and intricate designs for window treatments are making a comeback in some rooms. People appreciate that there are some window treatments and fabrics that, used judiciously, can enhance the look of your room and there are some eco friendly bonuses too!

Poles and finials
What is new to the market? Poles and curtain tracks have changed and become technical with solutions for most awkward windows – be they bay windows, tall windows, half windows, attic windows – there are solutions. Byron & Byron (left) have a fantastic range of eye poppingly colourful poles and finials, zingy enough to cheer the unhappiest soul up.

Walcot House (right) continue to innovate with interesting and useful curtain hanging systems, innovative poles and attachments. They have a range of poles and finials that would look good in any modern and not so modern interior in jewel-like colours made of glass and acrylic – with lovely clear poles of different lengths and diameter.

Silent Gliss have a fantastic range of tracks and blind systems. No longer do you have to worry about having a bay window and not being able to draw the curtain round, as there are poles with special rings that slide over the brackets that hold up the bay window pole. Clever! Innovations include electric corded tracks and blinds, or black-out blinds that run in channels along the edge of the window, stopping any light from getting through. The options are endless and as varied as your imagination.

Few people install full-length, lined, interlined and pelmeted curtains – finding them too heavy and cumbersome for current interior design trends. But long sheer curtains hanging off a pole either side of a window, with a working blind, can add colour, sound deadening and softness to a room. The eco payback for curtains used in old houses without double glazed windows is huge: keeping heat in and the cold out during the winter. If you don’t feel up to having a full set of lined and interlined curtains in your windows, there are other ways of using fabrics. Voiles (no not the old fashioned nets of old), beautifully coloured and textured, hung as dress curtains on either side of a window, on a lovely pole, add interest and colour to a room.

Bespoke curtains – Christopher James

Fabric collections
Most fabric houses issue between two and three new collections each year. These collections will include a range of fabrics for upholstery, curtains/blinds, accent details and wallpaper. If you follow both interior design and fashion you will often see aspects of the fashion parade in interior design a season or so later. So the hot colours of last year, tangerine orange and purple, are beginning to find their way into the collections of the fabric houses this year.

Read your fashion magazines if you want to know what will be hot in interior colours for next year!

Image: Clarke & Clarke

Thanks to Rowena from RJV Designs for this post. RJV Designs offers design and project management, from the initial concept to the finishing touches. Projects range from a set of curtains to the complete refurbishment of a whole house.
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Poltrona Frau celebrates 100 year anniversary with Benjamin Hubert design

May 1, 2012

Benjamin Hubert, class of 1984, British, the enfant prodige of international design, has created Juliet. The armchair that symbolises Poltrona Frau’s one hundred year anniversary, winner of the design contest held by the company to celebrate this important event between twelve talented designers from all over the world. With an invitation and a challenge: to project the brand values into the future, and to do so now. The idea is inspired by fashion and takes a particular detail, the puff sleeve, to give rise to a new concept of armchair, with a strong design.


Fashion and fabric trimmings

March 31, 2010

From Dezeen design magazine: Icelandic fashion designer Una Hlin Kristjansdottir presented her first collection at the inaugural Reykjavík Fashion Festival as part of Icelandic design festival DesignMarch at the weekend. (21 March 2010)

Again the worlds of fashion and interiors collide- it struck me that the Royal Extreme collection owes plenty to interior design fabrics and interior decoration. The silk fringing, wool pom-poms and plaited detailing on the stockings are lavish and beautiful, and reminiscent of fabric trimming collections from traditional upholstery.

It’s also an excuse to reblog some gorgeous images!