Sometimes, two unique artistic minds meet, and create something truly beautiful. This is what we found at the presentation earlier this month of the scarf collection LYL. The beautiful scarves breathe the unique colors caught by the lens of artist photographer Yves Ullens. Translated and interpreted by fashion designer Layal Assarkereh onto silk in beautiful and stunning patterns.
Text Anja Van Der Borght and Hans Knol ten Bensel – Pictures: Hans Knol ten Bensel
Both artists have an enviable pedigree. Layal Assakereh, born in Iran in March 1989, goes through life as a fashion and textile designer. She designed her first clothing collection in 2014. It stood out with original geometric cuts, often inspired by contemporary art. Layal evolves in her designs towards street art, and follows with interest the works of artists OX and Banksy. For her textile research, she explores modern architecture. By changing the texture, shape and volume, she often defies the gravity of the fabric.
Yves Ullens meets Layal Assakereh for limited edition arty scarf collection
In 2016 she created her first capsule collection for a high-end French brand, being responsible for the artistic direction of the basic models and the dress line. That same year, a happy encounter opened a new path for her. She met Yves Ullens and was immediately intrigued and in admiration for his work and his unique creativity with light and colour. From this meeting sprung the idea of a collaboration and this led to the creation of a scarf collection which marries and embodies fashion and pure art. A proper brand is born: LYL.
We could admire the collection, which has been designed by Assakereh Layal based on Yves Ullens abstract photographs.
“A scarf is an essential accessory that compliments any outfit”, tells us Assakereh. The scarves are 100 pct Italian silk twill with hand-rolled edges. The scarves are quite large, 100 x 200 cm, and the colour themes are coupled with different goddesses, like for instance Eos, which is the goddess of the dawn. To illustrate further the specific theme, Assakereh made drawings of these goddesses, which you see on the accompanying photos, illustrated here amongst others this goddess Eos.
It is not surprising that photography is the ultimate way for Brussels artist Yves Ullens de Schooten to express his emotions. At the age of eight he experienced a near-death experience, an intense moment full of light that marked him. “When I got back to my senses and saw my parents and the doctor above me, I thought they would think I’m crazy if I told them about my experience,” says Yves Ullens de Schooten. “That’s why I kept the event to myself as a big secret. I was already three years on in my artistic career before I realized that my interest in light undoubtedly stemmed from that event. ”
Yves Ullens de Schooten
The golden hour
“My first abstract photo was purely accidental,” continues Yves Ullens during the talk we had at the presentation. “During a bus trip through Turkey, I became fascinated by a beautiful blue-gray lake. I asked the travel guide to stop but he continued to refuse this. Disappointed, I took a photo from the moving bus. Every time I looked at my travel photos, I came back to that one shot. On the one hand it seemed a failed picture, but all the mixed perspectives delivered a fascinating shot. My first purposeful abstract photo only followed three years later. I stood eye to eye with Casa Bepi in Burano mid-September 1997 during the golden hour. I took my camera, set it to a slow shutter speed and moved my camera through the air. This photo, which I christened ‘La Naissance des Couleurs’ was a starting point. The colors of the fisherman’s cottage, everything in this photo had blended nicely. I realized that this was what I wanted to delve into. I want to convey the intense emotions I once experienced as a child, that energy, that well-being in my own way with my happy, cheerful works of art to the people around me. ”
From optical to kinetic
“Today you can divide my work into three parts”, continues Yves Ullens. ‘Pictorial’ is synonymous with pictures that look like paintings. People have the habit of touching these photos because they often cannot believe that it is a photo. ‘Kinetic’ stands for light in motion. It is about the light itself. In these first two parts of my oeuvre, everything is already contained in the shooting of the picture that contains the whole substance of the image, from the framing to the quality, the light, … there is actually little difference between the original and final photo. My ‘Optic’ photos, on the other hand, revolve around the interaction of my photos and the post-editing on the computer. I use existing photos that I manipulate and transform. Much more thought has gone into this, there is much more control over the effect. When shooting a photo, everything happens much more intuitively. You see an object, the colours that emanate from it, the volume, the relief, the texture, the relationship with the room, … Then I will hold my device in all directions and wonder what exactly I am doing with it want to do. That is the conscious part. At the unconscious part, I move my camera like a painter’s brush on a canvas to create a different universe. You often do not recognize the original object in my photos. But if I would say what was behind it, I would actually take away some of the magic. Often the photo is much more beautiful or much more magical than reality. The result of my dreams.” Yves Ulles concludes.
The scarf which embodies the goddess of colour and light… a stunning creation of two great artists: Layal Assakereh and Yves Ullens.
Yves Ulles is delighted to express his work through the scarf creations of Assakereh.
The scarf collection is available in various gift boxes, and are quite limited editions, ranging from 7 copies in the luxury gift box to 22 copies in the standard gift box. There is also a bandeau box, with a silk scarf of 6 x 95 cm, and last but not least it is possible to purchase a print of each image used as an inspiration for the LYL scraf collection. This colour print measures 60 x 40 cm and is limited to 10 copies, is framed and accompanied by a certificate from the artists.