The Twisted Pepper in Dublin is currently hosting an exhibition by Nass artist and fashion designer Clara Traynor.
With this exhibition Clara is bringing a flavour of New York City to Dublin The exhibition entitled – SWAG (Suga wit’ a Gat) showcases a series of detailed ink drawings inspired by hip hop culture, city living and candy.
SWAG sprang to life on its opening night with a tantalising mixture of performance, confectionary and cocktails. Bollywood dancers, burlesque and hip hop artists set the tone for the culture collisions at the heart of Traynor’s latest collection. For those who missed the opening night, the exhibition is running for one month in the Twisted Pepper, a long-standing Dublin hotspot supporting Irish artists and boasting a barber shop, coffee shop, bar, music studio and weekly vintage clothing and record sales.
Traynor’s work is clearly inspired by her time in New York where she worked as a fashion designer with Bijules (on jewellery for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Andy Lifschutz and Logan Neitzel (on garments for Katy Perry, Zola Jesus and features in ID magazine). Traynor also worked as a neckwear designer for private labels including Macys, Bloomingdales and Perry Ellis. In 2010, Traynor launched her own fashion label ‘Clara-Bella’, which debuted at ‘Showcase’, Ireland’s largest craft, gift and fashion tradeshow. In the same year she graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design.
Speaking about her inspiration for SWAG, Traynor stated: “I was drawn to the current fashion trends in American culture. My personal experience of living in Brooklyn – an area steeped in hip hop history – influenced me. I started to appreciate the intricacy, the diversity of sounds and flavours from the delicacies of the candy store to the solid beats of hip hop enticed me.”
Her online blog (faith-clarabella.blogspot.ie) contains more information.