Deadly Ponies designer Liam Bowden has turned to the influential art of textile artist Anni Albers to inspire his latest collection: Deadly Ponies x Anni Albers.
Along with artist husband Josef Albers, Anni Albers was a leading pioneer of 20th-century modernism. Albers, who was born in Berlin in 1899, brought wonder to weaving â applying modernist ideas to the ancient craft of the loom, forging a name for herself as an innovative and influential textile artist.
It is her impressive grid-like wall hangings, that often took months to make, that serve as the inspiration for the Deadly Ponies x Anni Albers collection.
The collectorâs items, each harnesses Deadly Poniesâ innovative and timeless design with the enduring popularity of Anni Albers, telling a story that merges fashion and art. Each piece is emblazoned with an eye-catching geometric print inspired by “Red Meander” (1969).
Red Meander revisits a design that Albers had invented years before in linen and cotton, and also one with an ancient and extensive history. On a field of orange, boldly red rectilinear pattern wanders across the picture plane at a carefully measured pace. In contrast to the textile version of Red Meander, 1954, the screenprint has harder edges and more intense colour.
The Deadly Ponies x Anni Albers collection, an innovative collaboration with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, launches at 5pm on the 14th of May. Shop the collection online here.