Artist Katherine Daniels on How Hermès Inspired Her Designs

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Katherine Daniels
Katherine Daniels

In celebration of the Hermès annual theme, Nature at Full Gallop, and as part of an on-going artist window “Vitrine D’Artiste” program, artist Katherine Daniels has crafted a stunning display at the luxury brand’s Beverly Hills boutique. In Daniels’ Remembrance of Things Past: Morning, Noon and Eveningbeaded abstract floral sculptures grow in woven landscapes, taking the viewer from sunrise to sunset in fanciful garden scenes inspired by Marcel Proust’s A` la recherché du temps perdu: matin, midi et soir. The three windows read from left to right, revealing a visual narrative that captures a walk through a garden. A warm and golden morning leads to the bright and vivid noon followed by an elegant and dramatic evening. It is a visual telling of time, thought and mood. Those familiar with Daniels’ work know that this is part of her typical aesthetic: her art occupies a space where painting, sculpture and craft intersect. She explores color and compositions through the rhythm of pattern, repetition and geometries. Here, the German-born and West Virginia-raised artist dishes on the five Hermès pieces that inspired her window design, and how, in turn, these particular pieces inspired her to find the beauty in nature.

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1) THE  THE BASKET WEAVE BACKDROPS ARE LINKED TO THE BASKET WORK BAGS The Picnic bags: I use many traditional weaving techniques in my artwork and it’s seen particularly in the window backdrops. This is a very iconic and specific craft employed by Hermès.

2) THE TATTERSALL CHECK USED IN THE WOMEN’S RTW COLLECTION AND THE SAC COL ROULE BAG The checked link is seen in the tattersall check used in the women’s ready to wear collection as well as in the Sac Col Roule handbag.

3) THE LUSTROUS PEARL AND BEADED FLORAL SCULPTURES ARE LINKED TO THE  METALLIC FINISHES OF THE EVENING SHOES The the shoes collections, designed by Pierre Hardy, from the evening shoe group are part of the Evening Garden window. The metallic straps allude to the pearls and beads that comprise the floral sculptures in the window. The colors inspire the overall ambiance of the window.

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4) SILK–THE COLORS, PATTERNS, ETC WERE INSPIRATIONAL The vibrancy and profusion of pattern and color were inspirational–both the patterns and solids. I loved the pure color and lightweight quality of the plume scarves, as well as the intricate pictorial quality of the twill carres.

5) COLOR, COLOR, COLOR An overarching theme in the window is color, and Iwas inspired by the use of bold use of color at the House–the Lindy bags are a good representation of this–and the colors of the leather products in general were inspiring.

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