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  • The evolution of a blouse

    My painting, Wide Open, was created in April, 2014. It caught the eye of an Anthropologie apparel designer.

    My painting, Wide Open, was created in April, 2014. It caught the eye of an Anthropologie apparel designer.


    The evolution of my Aquarelle Silk Blouse, with ANTHROPOLOGIE: I am often asked how things work with Anthropologie, with regards to my art being reproduced on some of their products. While I’m not at liberty to disclose details of our agreement, I thought you might be interested in seeing a bit of the process—specifically, the Aquarelle Silk Blouse, which hit the shelves circa March 13th:

    1: One of my paintings, “Wide Open”, caught the eye of Anthropologie apparel designers.
    2: After several discussions, the blouse design was sent to me by the designer at Anthro.

    Anthropologie apparel design team sent me this mockup, showing how they could adapt my painting to a blouse.

    Anthropologie apparel design team sent me this mockup, showing how they could adapt my painting to a blouse.


    3: Exciting times: The final product, on the Anthro web site!
    Once the product has been developed, then it is photographed.

    Once the product has been developed, then it is photographed.


    The model wore white skinny jeans, which contrast nicely with the printed silk blouse. I like her chunky green bracelet, too.

    The model wore white skinny jeans, which contrast nicely with the printed silk blouse. I like her chunky green bracelet, too.

    Close-up photo of the front shoulder of the blouse: it's important to show all the details of the fabric.

    Close-up photo of the front shoulder of the blouse: it's important to show all the details of the fabric.

    It's important to shoot the product from every angle, so here's the back side of the silk blouse.

    It's important to shoot the product from every angle, so here's the back side of the silk blouse.

    Once all the product details were figured out and the photos are just right, the blouse went online!

    Once all the product details were figured out and the photos are just right, the blouse went online!

    It’s only been a few days, and the blouse is already sold out… BUT! You can check Anthropologie’s web site for other apparel with my art on it!

    About Claire

    Claire is an abstract painter who teaches painting workshops in both Canada and in the US. She has received grants to attend artist residencies in Vermont (2011 and 2013), and in southeastern China (2013) and has been interviewed by various art magazines, most notably Magazin’ Art (Spring 2015) and Parcours (2014), the French language arts magazine. She was also interviewed for Art Inc. (a book by author Lisa Congdon. She has gallery representation in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Oakville, and in the US, in Charlotte. She appears regularly on a number of blogs, including Design for Mankind, Moco Loco, Design Milk and Saatchi Art’s online magazine. U.S. retail chain, Urban Outfitters, sells her original artwork under their Anthropologie banner. They reproduce her artwork on merchandise, and sell it under the Claire Desjardins signature label. Claire’s work has also appears in various feature films and television shows.
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