Richard Haines’ Broadsheet
September 14, 2013 by FIG
Front row in primary colours. The WHAT I SAW TODAY (broadsheet version) front page
Last year, FIG’s artist in Brooklyn, Richard Haines got together with Prada on a collaborative project called Il Palazzo… ‘ a project deeply inspired by hand-made artistry’ reads the blurb, ‘… the title references the majestic setting for the A/W menswear showcase, “a palace of role play”…’.
The result was a book and something online and maybe some T-shirts and other stuff and what we saw of it – we have the book in the office – we liked very much. It was clearly the best kind of collaborative practice as the artist was able to play to his strengths and do his, ‘thang’ uninhibited and without over direction. The book reproduces a wonderful collection of Haines’ work. He’s illustrated the Prada collection on odd bits of paper – pages torn from antique Italian books that reference an age gone by and bits of Prada stationary. He draws over text, photographic image, and architectural diagram, cropping, composing and superimposing his charcoal line and brushed colour on all that lands on his work table.
Unfortunately the book wasn’t made available outside of the fashion firmament so has quickly become super collectable and very very difficult to find and this will no doubt soon be the case with the latest project that Haines has been busy with. New York Fashion week (just gone) saw Haines walk the streets with a self published broadsheet – a by product of his super successful blog, WHAT I SAW TODAY, handing them out Warholian style to those who looked like they may be interested.
We haven’t seen them in the flesh so to speak – he’s promised to send us a bundle – but from what we can gather there’s a dps of drawings that feature the S/S ’14 Men’s Collections in Europe and super sized reproduction of a drawing of a front row in primary colours. It strikes us as being very cool.