It's only inevitable that during summer, there's generally a revival of focus on the environment and its lovely inhabitants. For most artists, nature is extremely valuable not only because it provides raw materials, but because it is a fathomless fount of inspiration with all of its varied colors, textures, forms, and intrinsic vitality. There is no better wellspring of inspiration than the wildlife that we know somehow surrounds us outside the steel jungles of our cities.
For Amina Aranaz-Alunan, the reawakening of interest in flora and fauna happened through a collaboration with her aunt Maite Aranaz. As a prelude to their summer collection for 2010, they produced a limited set of hand-painted, hand-crafted batik minaudières that are clearly inspired by nature. “My aunt had a free hand in whatever she wanted to paint. But she stuck to under the sea and leaf motif themes,” Amina tells us. “Each batik pattern is unique and one of a kind.”
She says about the artist, “My aunt Maite is my dad's younger sister. She is very artistic and has always been into different crafts,” Amina informs us, revealing that a collaboration was only bound to happen. “She lives in the US, so she actually created all the fabrics there and shipped it to us here.”
These valuable pieces are currently on sale at Aranáz boutiques. Don't dally and quickly get your hands on these collectors' items! But if you get there too late, don't fret because Aranaz is launching its summer collection called Tribal Luxe next month. Stay tuned for updates!