Through The Looking Glass
A collaboration between Bilge Nur Saltik and designer-duo Rive·Roshan, ‘Through the Looking Glass’ is a collection of fine silk scarves and handkerchiefs, accompanied by handmade glass scarf rings.
The collection explores the relationship between intricate patterns on the silk and the playful, lenticular effect created by the glass rings. When the scarves and rings are worn together, the glass rings produce a surprising and expressive refraction of shapes and colors found on the scarves.
While the scarves have been designed as abstracted visions of nature’s perfection, the rings are designed to question it.
'Through the Looking Glass' first debuted at Istanbul Design Week 2014, as part of the 'No Borders' exhibition. This collaboration between Nur Saltik and Rive.Roshan arose from a desire to bring together the interests and backgrounds of all three designers. For Nur, this meant being able to continue her exploration of distortion through glass–an interest that first emerged during her graduation project 'Op-jects' at the Royal College of Art. For Ruben de la Rive Box and Golnar Roshan, the duo behind Rive.Roshan, the intent was to create visual stories that would explore optical illusions, as well as mimic natural structures.
With this collection, the trio has tried to satisfy the human desire to look beyond the surface and discover what is beneath it. The rings refract our vision, showing the detail of the weave and resolution of the print, as well as distort the patterns into wild, unpredictable shapes and colors.
The silk scarves have been digitally printed in the UK, while the scarf rings have been hand made by glass makers in Istanbul, Turkey.