By: Jazmine Michelle
We at Art-to-go are all about creating an experience. Even the creation of these artworks are an experience in the exercise. The patterns you see in these Art Leggings come from a stream-of-consciousness style of painting. Many of the forms are inspired from things found in different cultures as well as our own visual linguistics we conjure. We've found inspiration from Mayan, Japanese, Persian, Chinese and Native American styles, among many other artistic symbols used throughout the world, mixing it with our own visual writings.
We love immersing in these images and then sitting down and putting paintbrush to blank surface and just letting the hand move. There is a healing and calming element to this practice of art. Think of the Japanese concept of the Zen garden. The idea is just to take the sand and let your hand move freely, guiding your implement to create temporary shapes. The final piece is not the goal, as it can get wiped away when you are finished.
In the same vein, the final image is not the idea when sitting down to create this piece. The experience of letting the hand move lets the mind relax, allowing the work to create itself in the present moment of time. The ACTION is the point of the flow. The energy that comes from the brushstrokes is what translates the energetic something through the art piece unto the viewer.
Some of the elements involved are shapes that are found in nature, which is why they come across in cultures around the world and throughout any human history. Man is forever inspired by the natural world in his many vocations, be it science, engineering, ART, religion or any other philosophies. Look closely at the leggings and you will find many SPIRALS and swirls. Look closely at nature and you will also find the spirals in many ways, which is what helps connect us into the swirls of artful magic here born.
The spiral is an important philosophical concept, reminding us that life moves in this way where we always come back to a place close to our origin. We are never quite back to where we started, but we come close to that point over and over again, each time from a slightly different perspective.
This is like the experience of creating art. In our process each painterly mark is distinct and unique, never making the same thing twice, never having the same experience of making it twice. We will come back to similar concepts and ideas, maybe touching our origin again and again, but each time we will come from a new perspective of expressionistic modernity.
"[Monochrome painting is] an open window to freedom, the possibility of being immersed in the immeasurable existence of color" - Yves Klein
Color is an incredibly important element in our artwork too. The monochromatic use of blue in these art leggings relates to the works of the artist Yves Klein (1928-1962), who actually has an entire shade of blue named after him - International Klein Blue!
Klein was popularized in the mid 1900 century1950s-60's, finding that he wanted to only explore blue in his artworks. He would create entire canvases, shapes, worlds only using this one color. Called a pioneer of the art world, it is not hard to recognize how people must have felt while looking at his pieces for the first time.
The psychology of color is well-explored. Blue is peaceful. Klein's idea of being "immersed in the immeasurable existence of color" is so apparent when you are looking at a figurative ocean of blue canvas. It must have been such a revelation that such a simple, primary color could create such a powerful sense of peace and calm and wonder.
We don't use Klein's official color in our monochromatic leggings, preferring to mix our own for many years, that we name Sasso Blue for this artwork called Blue Dreams, but we found the same immersive sensation while painting the art and we hope to engender similar sensation for the people who choose to wear them and for all of the people who encounter these art leggings out in the world. Let this art envelope you in your yoga practice or any other life experience.
Like the spiral, these are colors found in nature and it brings us back to our primal sense of connection with the natural world and with each other.
We hope that you find joy and peace in these wearable art pieces and that they make you feel always
IN-SPIRALED (I love this word)!. Our unique art is made for you.
***We are also excited to be working on other colors for our monochromatic legging designs. Stay tuned to find out what our next color in this series is going to be! They will be unveiled very soon!
See you in the flow!
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