Neutral Ground: Tamar Wider of The2Bandits & Camp

Neutral Ground is a casual, weekly interview series with friends in the industry. Say... conversational breakdowns of what neutrals mean, and what that means when it's time to get dressed. Tune in each Wednesday to see who's who and how creatives of all stripes view the world, color not included.

The 2 Bandits is a jewelry line from Texas bred designer Tamar Wider. Heavily influenced by Texan culture, Wider grew up immersed in a family-run diamond wholesaling business. In a quest to hone her craft, she set off to Ramat Gan in Israel to train and become a certified gemologist. Following her return to the States, she furthered her studies in jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology before starting her brand, which is now stocked at a number of retailers including Fred Segal, Free People, The Reformation and Planet Blue; the line retails for $55-$298.

The 2 Bandits is a jewelry line from Texas bred designer Tamar Wider. Heavily influenced by Texan culture, Wider grew up immersed in a family-run diamond wholesaling business. In a quest to hone her craft, she set off to Ramat Gan in Israel to train and become a certified gemologist. Following her return to the States, she furthered her studies in jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology before starting her brand, which is now stocked at a number of retailers including Fred Segal, Free People, The Reformation and Planet Blue; the line retails for $55-$298.

NT- What are you wearing right now?

TW- My Thunderbird Cut offs that I bought in Austin a few years back and a CAMP Collection sweatshirt.

 

NT- What Color [or two] do you own the most of within your wardrobe?

TW- Denim, Grey, White, Camel

 

NT- How do you approach neutrals when dressing?

TW- Neutrals is all I use. I use my color in my jewelry. I love anything distressed, specifically camels, rusts and denim.

 

NT- In your opinion- IS there a difference between Neutral Colors within the wardrobe, vs. say...Art & Object Coloration?

TW- Compared to most women my age, people would describe me as a more avant garde which I find ironic because I wear mainly neutrals. Neutral matching is a big part of my style. For example, I'll wear denim cuts with a plain white T and then a huge faux fur brown jacket with Birkenstock. If the fit and cut are right, I find neutrals to be more versatile to dress up or down.

 

NT- In the context of dressing only in neutrals, what roll and rules must Accessories & jewelry play by?

TW- Lots of the jewelry that I design for The2Bandits plays in neutral with a similar concept of versatility. I also like to introduce color into my accessories which give my neutral look some flair.

 

NT- Prints seem to generating a lot of controversy, are prints neutral? Is neutral defined only by color or does pattern have bearing too?

TW- For me, neutral prints are defined by color. I am a solid girl but play around with textures. For me, texture > color.

CTIF: Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?

Chromophobics, that's who. Chomophobia, or chromatophobia: fear of color. It can go well beyond the tendency certain people have to reach for the safety of black, as we've discussed at some length in the past, here. Being stricken with terror when it comes to color affects enough people that there're even specific terms for each hue... 

Joseph Albers, 1963

Joseph Albers, 1963

Phodophobia is fear of the color red; chrysophobia is fear of the color orange. Xanthophobia is fear of the color yellow, and chlorophobia is fear of the color green. Porphyrophobia is fear of the color purple, and cyanophobia... wait, is anybody really afraid of blue? 

Donald Judd, 1988

Donald Judd, 1988

Black and white aren't immune: melanophobia and leukoophobia. There is no word for the fear of grey, however. 

James Turrell, 1989-90

James Turrell, 1989-90

This post's title with thanks to Barnett Newman. 

Neutral Ground: Charlotte Stone

Neutral Ground is a casual, weekly interview series with friends in the industry. Say... conversational breakdowns of what neutrals mean, and what that means when it's time to get dressed. Tune in each Wednesday to see who's who and how creatives of all stripes view the world, color not included.

A native of Kingston Ontario, Charlotte Stone grew up in a family of graphic artists and interior designers and decided to become a shoe designer while still in her teens. She graduated from FIDM in Los Angeles, honed her skills with footwear factories in Italy, and has worked in her chosen métier ever since. She is also an avid surfer and weaver and co-designs, with her husband, a line of modernist hand-crocheted lounge chairs and furniture called Pacific Wonderland Inc.

A native of Kingston Ontario, Charlotte Stone grew up in a family of graphic artists and interior designers and decided to become a shoe designer while still in her teens. She graduated from FIDM in Los Angeles, honed her skills with footwear factories in Italy, and has worked in her chosen métier ever since. She is also an avid surfer and weaver and co-designs, with her husband, a line of modernist hand-crocheted lounge chairs and furniture called Pacific Wonderland Inc.

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NT- What are you wearing right now?

This morning I was wearing vintage levis, a cream linen T-shirt and cognac sandals.  Now, I'm wearing denim cut-offs 'cause its blazing hot here.

 

NT- What Color [or two] do you own the most of within your wardrobe?

My closet is packed full of pattern and colour, but what I wear most is black and denim.

 

NT- How do you approach neutrals when dressing?

I'm always drawn to colour and pattern/print, so I try to balance out those elements with neutrals.  Denim jeans, black blazers, heather grey t-shirts; those are my basics that I mix in with everything.  

 

NT- In your opinion- IS there a difference between Neutral Colors within the wardrobe, vs. say...Art & Object Coloration?

For me, my taste in clothing is not as adventurous as my taste in art. In art and object, I'm drawn to bright, moving, clashing, vibrating pieces, but I wouldn't wear something like that necessarily. I think it depends on taste and mood and context.

 

NT- In the context of dressing only in neutrals, what roll and rules must Accessories & jewelry play by?

I don't like to think about rules for accessories. I think its all in the balance; the highs and lows. But accessories is where footwear comes in and for me, its all about shoes. If you keep it all neutral up top, you can go wild with shoes.

 

NT- Prints seem to generating a lot of controversy, are prints neutral? Is neutral defined only by color or does pattern have bearing too?

Prints can be neutral. Like classic gingham shirting or leopard? Colour will definitely come into play here too though; multi coloured gingham or dot pattern is not the same as simple black and cream, but again its all about the context.

CTIF: The Oldest Artificial Color

...is Egyptian blue. First developed around 2500 BCE, which we know only because the sand, lime and copper mixture luminesces under ultraviolet radiation. What's left of Egyptian blue that's THAT old, in other words, doesn't look blue anymore. When you shine a red light on the remains of the compound,  though, and view through a UV-sensitive lens, it still glows blue.  

Image via the British Museum. 

Image via the British Museum.