Prelude is a word associated with an introduction. Usually an introductory piece of music, most commonly an orchestral opening to an act of an opera, the first movement of a suite, or a piece preceding a fugue. The beginnings of any form of creativity (e.g. music, art, writing) always set a tone or direction the creative process will take, whether that’s a medium on a canvas, or a structure in creative writing, or the notes in a song.
We are both interested in art (in many different forms) and find it a source of personal inspirations, which naturally weaves into our business.
One of our favourite images is a photograph of Agnes Martin sitting alone on her bed, in her painting studio. Annie Leibovitz took it. She said to Annie, “I sit here and wait to be inspired”. Annie thought, “isn’t that what we all do?”.
Prelude is an ode to the jolt of feeling when inspiration hits. It's the beginning.
Prelude sets the tone of how we see Harris Tapper evolving, chasing that physical feeling. Looking critically at the pieces we have made and waiting for that inspiration, that feeling of knowing when it’s right. If it’s not right, we don’t make it. We want the wearer to feel that same sense of physical manifestation of satisfaction and hopefully inspiration.
Agnes Martin, Taos, New Mexico, 1999, by Annie Leibovitz
Some of our favourite Agnes Martin works below.
The Islands, 1961
White Flower II, 1965
Loving Love, 1999