STANDARDS : ÉPICE BOUQUET

PLAY ON DRAWING

Epice Bouquet evokes the return of spring and sunny days. The colors stand out in a multitude of flowers. Created in 2010, this beautiful scarf is regularly enriched with new color variations.

PLAY ON COLORS

To create our stole, we used a maximum of 11 colors. For printing, Epice chose the manual serigraphy. This artisanal process is very complex because each color requires a different screen.

For this model, we use 11 different screens. Our printers realize here an exceptional work.

PLAY ON FABRICS

The weaving is done manually by master weavers. Weaving which is different depending on the composition of fabrics.

Epice Bouquet exists in three variants:

  • A first large cotton model. The vertical openwork weaving gives lightness and transparency to the scarf ;
  • The second model is a cotton and linen blend stole. The color tones are brighter on this fabric ;
  • The third model is a bandana printed on a beautiful muslin quality of cotton.

THE EMBROIDERY

Inspiration in the heart of Scandinavian folk art.

The wild flowers of the Danish countrysides ; Nordic pattern and Viking spirit…Stoles printed and cross stitch embroidered.

ON THE COAST

At the end of the trip, we take you to the waterfront… As starting point, the stripe, pattern of the seaside nostalgia. Allusion to the deckchairs, stoles with sunny colors. Seas and rivers, pebbles and fine sand, turquoise water and dark water…

Each scarf has his identity. Stones worked by the waves, multiple variations of mineral stripes. A bridge between two worlds: the aquatic and terrestrial…

CHRISTIAN IV

Epice delves into the history of Copenhagen.

 

The current apparence of the Danish capital is the fruit of the will of King Christian IV and his successors.

 

The Christiansborg Palace is the best example of the architectural revolution that they have realised.

 

Castle plans, gardens and basins, wall medallions…their graphic lines embellish our stoles.

THE DUTCH MASTERS

A three-day trip to Amsterdam, engrossed in Dutch museums, inspired Iben, one of the designers at the Copenhagen studio, to embark upon a new investigation of the floral designs which are already so dear to Epice.
“Arriving in Amsterdam, it was icy cold – there was just one place to take refuge: the museums. I was bowled over by the visual impact of the works of the Dutch masters of the 17th and 18th centuries. This was the golden age …”
A visit to the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, in the company of Jan Machenhauer, confirmed this enchantment and encouraged both designers to take a different approach to flowers and bouquets.

FLOWERS REINVENTED

 

Featuring printed and woven bouquets, this series of shawls represents a tribute to all the artists who were able to expand and surpass, with such energy and beauty, the rules of still life which were prevalent in their day.

 

These bouquets, whether of simple flowers or a profusion of blooms, are both compositions and reconstitutions. In Nordic countries, at that time, these flowers were rare and precious. In many cases, the scenes represented are both invented and composed.

 

NORDIC LIGHT

 

Exploiting the effects of varying light envisaged in the design sketches and achieved by the selection of materials and weaves, these shawls are evocative of the luminous density of northern skies.

MASAI CHECKS IN A DANISH LIGHT

As checks are the favourite motifs of Jan Machenhauer, who has been significantly affected by the beauty of the Masai hunters, an inspiration frequently cited by Karen Blixen, the co-founder of Epice has chosen to revisit the traditional red and blue check patterns of the Masai tribe, using Epice colours.
The check pattern is a universal motif, found throughout the world and in every age, dating back to the most ancient times: archaeological excavations have revealed check patterns dating back to 2,000 BC.

For the designers at Epice, who are enthusiastic travellers but remain firmly rooted in Scandinavia, check patterns provide the opportunity to apply a sense of Danish discipline to their creative pursuits, in combination with global colours.

 

SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN

 

“Checks provide the opportunity to work in the space between structures and colours. The grid pattern forms the basis for a kind of sculpting process, allowing the creation of distortion”.“ The challenge and pleasure of construction is in perfect harmony with the Scandinavian mindset.

The geometric lines of check patterns are perfectly adapted to the language of weaving, and the associated intersection of gridlines. However, this apparent simplicity, which is in keeping with the traditions of Danish design, can achieve genuine creative complexity.

 

AFRICA

 

While check patterns also feature on certain fabrics from Danish folklore, it is the Masai tribes from the world of Karen Blixen who have inspired the designers at Epice to create this season’s check-patterned shawls.

TRIBUTE TO KAREN BLIXEN

It is no coincidence that Epice designers Bess Nielsen and Jan Machenhauer have chosen to pay tribute to the Danish author Karen Blixen, whose famous book Out of Africa describes her years in the Masai territory. A woman of strong and independent character, her life was a by-word for boldness, elegance and the avant-garde.
For the summer of 2015, Epice has produced a collection inspired by the lifestyle of this writer, who is virtually considered as a “national treasure” in Denmark.

FLOWERS

 

Karen Blixen had an unconditional love for flowers and the art of original composition. She combined elegant flowers with wild grasses, showing a flair which was highly daring for the times. It is still possible to admire her bouquets of fresh flowers in the museum which is dedicated to her name, at Rungted Kyst in Denmark.

 

LACES

 

Karen Blixen’s house, now converted into a museum, is also a source of inspiration. Take her long lace curtains, tumbling down to the floor like a ripple in a river…

 

AFRICA

 

Danish designers have also drawn upon the African years of Karen Blixen. In addition to the check patterns of the Masai, these leading colourists, steeped in the light of the Nordic territories, have adopted the house colours of Epice – earth, ochre, sand, black, or sky blue – to arrive at more physical interpretations of the savannah.