FASHION, ART AND HALLUCINOGENIC PLANTS

Fashion, art and hallucinogenic plants collide in a new capsule line of ceramics; a collaboration between Copenhagen creatives, retailer Mr. Larkin and artist Maria Lenskjold. Founded by Casey Larkin Blond, the high fashion label and multi-brand store stocks only hand-picked, eclectic artists and designers that can co-exist in the weird and wonderful universe that is Mr. Larkin. 

The meeting of high fashion and high art always makes for a fascinating dynamic – both are aesthetic realms and yet the one is seen as a frivolous expression of capitalism whilst the other often gets elevated beyond such contexts into a purer, almost holier pursuit. An artist is seen as seeking enlightenment whilst a fashionista is often relegated to being a blind follower of trends. And yet, at the root of both lies creation, design and a desire to express something of our inner selves to the outside world.

Collaborations such as this one offer a mutually beneficial resolution to this dilemma – art can serve to contextualize the fashion it surrounds as wearable art and cultural artifacts. Fashion can make art feel more glamorous and useful. Together they offer a tangible sense of high culture, and this sensation is ultimately consumable.

Maria Lenskjold’s approach to this collaboration is undeniably lighthearted. The artist chose not to take her work, or her liaison with fashion too seriously – and this meshes flawlessly with the quirky ethos of Mr. Larkin. Inspired by hippie culture and hallucinogenic plants, the pieces capture the essence of a psychedelic trip and a bygone era that feels strangely relevant today, with the resurgence of music festivals, micro-dosing, and an increased societal desire for a reconnection with nature on spiritual and creative levels.

Released a week before the chaos of Black Friday, this collection caters to our yearning to escape the rat race of mass produced consumption and institutionalized time. Structures of trends, seasons and deadlines melt away to leave us Mary Kondo approved purchases that feel meaningful.

Named “mother,” “sister,” “woman,” and “girl” the pottery speaks to this convergence of intuition and intellect in the contemporary woman. Each piece is unique, hand-made and of a limited run. Ranging from $75 for small mushroom plates to $1500 for a large vase, the dreamy ceramic pieces embody the modern minimalism we expect from Scandinavian design, fused with a distinctive tongue-in-cheek flair that serves good trips only.

Words & Graphics: Yolanda Senekal

Images: Mr. Larkin