If you've been waiting patiently for Book of Deer's AW15 collection 'An Ode to Iceland' I am so happy to announce it is finally available for purchase. This season I took inspiration from a country that has captured my imagination since I was a child.
Each hand-drawn print pays tribute to different aspects of Iceland that intrigue me. The Aurora Borealis is an obvious one and was a print I had wanted to create for a long time. Initially I wasn't sure how to capture the wispy shapes and vibrant colours, but with a little experimentation I settled on layering water colour textures and ink stippling.
For the Reykjavik print I wanted to give the impression of a fairy tale toy town while staying true to the architecture of the homes. The print colours are more muted than the vivid colours under nordic light but the feeling of bleak, cold weather is there.
This glow-in-the-dark northern lights print was also made from a stippling drawing. I wanted to mirror the skies with the dramatic topography of the mountain ranges. The ink glows after exposure to light (both natural and indoors)
The Marble Ice print on the Huld Blouse is one of my more abstract creations. I wanted to evoke the cold colours that are woven into frozen landscapes. I used watercolour again to try render the the ancient geographic textures on Icelandic rock. I also wanted this print to nicely complement the Reykjavic print.
The Blue Lagoon print was an opportunity to create something cute and memorable. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's most famous attractions and I wanted to depict the wonder of people swimming in a warm aqua space surrounded by snow. I also like the idea that this print can be worn in warm or cold weather, depending on whether you see the swimmers bathing in a hot spring or in an aquamarine tropical sea!
I'd love to hear your own Icelandic anecdotes and inspirations so please share in the comments below!