Internationally celebrated artist Anne-Joëlle Galley has been putting a brand new spin on her art.
“It is hard for someone to share the art on their walls with others,” said Anne-Joëlle Galley.
Her response -- create art that people can wear. She has taken her paintings and transformed them into luxury scarves and handbags, available on her brand new website – annejoelledesigns.com.
“I want to make the connection between art and wearing art,” she said. “I think my designs are very attractive and wearable. This is a fusion between art and fashion.”
Her art has always been rooted in her love of color, which first captured her imagination as a child growing up in Mexico. “Go to a market in Mexico, there is so much color everywhere,” she said. “There are arts and crafts and textiles everywhere, bright pinks and oranges and reds. Even the houses are all painted very different shades. Everywhere you look there is a perpetual intensity of color.”
It’s the heart of her work. “I’m not afraid to mix colors,” she said. “Let’s just go for it. I do use black and white, but not very much. I have tried to work monochromatic, but I just can’t. I’m in love with color.”
Eventually, this passion for color led to a transition from art to wearable art. A transformation that began with scarves. Her first scarf, a print called, “Red Roses,” was from a piece she felt translated well to something people could wear.
“The first design was very emotional,” said Galley. “From a painting I did for my dad, and he loves that painting. That was one I really wanted to do. I thought it had a mixture of colors that would be great as a scarf. It’s the anchor of the collection.”
That collection eventually consisted of seven scarves, potentially one for each day of the week. “They all had the same theme of flowers,” she said of the first collection. “The colors make the scarves versatile, each can be many different scarves in one depending on how you wear it.”
Its success led to a second collection, featuring two scarves so far with a third on the way. “The second collection is on a heavier silk,” she said. “It’s a little bit more abstract, a little more modern.”
And she isn’t stopping at scarves. The next movement has been into handbags, with even more new mediums on the way. Galley continues to follow whatever intuitively feels like the next step to her. “It is always a natural evolution into the next thing,” she said. “I am always going on to the next idea. It was naturalto do the handbags next. There will be a new set of evening bags for Christmas, at the latest they should be available by October. Eventually, I’m thinking about doing blouses.”
It’s a labor of love, with each new spark of inspiration taking considerable time and work to see to fruition. “It takes a long time to find the textiles and manufacturing,” she said. “It’s a process.”
As hard as it is, she is unwilling to compromise the quality of the work. “I want everything to be hand finished, and the printing to be high quality,” she said. “If you’re going to be wearing something you can call art you want it to be exceptional.”
As accessories go, Galley’s work is uncommon in its rarity. “These are very original, limited edition pieces,” she said. “There won’t be many other people in the world with the same thing. Each of these are very personal to me, they are unique. Instead of just buying yourself or someone else a scarf, you can buy a piece of art.”
For more information about Anne-Joëlle Galley and Anne-Joëlle Designs visit https://annejoelledesigns.com/