Our Designs

colourful leggings with unique patterns - sustainably made

“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
 
- Wassily Kandinsky

The Stories Behind the Designs

Each of our designs is uniquely created by Brisbane-based Artist, Monique Baqués and produced in limited editions. Keep scrolling to find out what inspired each print.

Olympia original pattern

 Olympia

Manet exhibited his painting Olympia in 1865 in Paris. At the time painters were supposed to depict women in historical, mythical or biblical themes. But Manet decided to paint a real naked woman, in a mundane context and free from any idealisation of her body. Olympia was a challenge for the viewers not only because of her name, which at that moment people would associate with prostitution, but also because she is staring directly at the viewer. She was perceived to have an imperfect body at the time. Manet was very brave at the time to show this kind of painting. He faced a lot of criticism, nevertheless he continued working and ended up being one of the most famous artists in the history of art. As for myself, I too felt the need to be brave in my creations, so I made my own humorous version of Olympia, with unique and wonderful tights, ready to go out, exercise and feel empowered!

 

lilac freedom unique pattern

 Lilac Freedom

In the year 2010, I exhibited an art show in Kuala Lumpur under the name “De Colores”, in which I explored the effect that colour and the female figure had on the viewers of the art pieces. In hindsight, I can tell that in reality, it was the story of women in desperate need of acceptance, to be seen and to be loved by others, but mainly by themselves. Looking back at this experience, I designed a pattern which I named “Freedom”. It tells us the story of transformation of women who once felt invisible, into a new feeling of being outstanding and unique. In this case, I chose the Lilac colour to express this spiritual journey that many of us go through. I added the leaves to express transformation and change. Lilac Freedom is a journey out of a feeling of entrapment. My wish is that every woman who wears it will feel beautiful and better with themselves.

 

venus original printed design

Venus

Sandro Botticelli painted between 1485 and 1486, “The birth of Venus” in tempera. This painting is at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. It depicts the Greek goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, emerging from the sea, oddly fully grown up. Venus’ body is quite elongated, and she doesn’t look happy, my guess is because she wants to cover herself?.. so I did! She has an ethereal look, as if she was daydreaming… Like me, I have been dreaming, for a long time, of create a project that unites my passion for exercise and my career in art. Finally, this year 2020, Art2go was launched in earnest. I decided to create a pattern full of joy and celebration. It’s a creation that was born during a pandemic with the simple intent to remind ourselves about the beauty of being alive.

 

unique pattern on sustainable leggings - brushstrokes

Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes is a spontaneous and expressive design. I created it out of an impulse, choosing some of my favourite colours without thinking it twice. After a few strokes it was done! and the result was fresh and delightful. It came out of a need to add more colour to my life, a feeling of creating my own destiny. Brushstrokes is informal, emotive and fun!

 

coral print on sustainable fabric - legging

Coral

My sister Michele is a physical oceanographer, and of course she loves the ocean. For years she shared with me her passion for the sea and its creatures. Her worries about the extinction of the Great Barrier Coral Reef has had a huge impact on me. This pattern represents a black and white picture of a coral reef, as a reminder of the importance of protecting the world’s biodiversity.
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Rainbow

Every time I witness a rainbow I feel very privileged, like being a part of a magical, special moment. I created this design to share this experience with you, the sense of freedom, of being full of life and energised with such natural beauty. I would love you to sense a bit of this magic yourselves too!

 

the kiss inspired pattern printed on sustainable fabric - leggings

The Kiss

When I was young and studying Fine Art at Uni, I came across a photo of a magnificent sculpture by Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi. Carved out of limestone, and called the kiss, it depicts 2 intertwined figures hugging and kissing. 
Years later, when I was living in France, I visited the Montparnasse Cemetery and witnessed one of the several versions of The Kiss. I liked it even more. This version is placed on Tatiana’s Rachewskaïa ‘s tomb, a Russian girl who fell deeply in love and committed suicide at a very young age in 1910. Her lover, a Romanian doctor named Solomon Marbais, was a friend of Brancusi’s and purchased the sculpture directly from the artist to place on Rachewskaïa’s grave.
Why I keep finding it so fascinating? I guess because of the simplicity of the piece, its primitive form and the geometrical approach. How can such a simple piece of art, be able to express a powerful feeling of union and love? Love is all we need, and we sadly tend to forget it easily. So I thought, what a great idea to design my own version of the kiss to remind us daily when we exercise, a pure and powerful emotion of love. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Geometric pattern printed on sustainable fabric - leggings

Geo

Over time, I came to realize that life is simpler than we sometimes believe it to be… Geo is a design made with a handful of shapes, a sphere, a square, rectangles… and what makes them stand out is simply their colour and relative arrangement.
In life, we don’t need much, just the ability to combine and arrange what we possess to make of it an extraordinary experience!


zLove - unique design on sustainable fabric - leggings

Oda In Love

This pattern is based on a painting called Une Odalisque or La Grand Odalisque from 1814 by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. The painting was exhibited in 1819 at the Grand Salon in Paris. This woman is depicted with a strong eroticism and seduction. I decided to create my own version with a slightly playful attitude. She is wearing a pattern that has the words love and amor (love in Spanish), with love hearts everywhere. The main colour is green with bits of pink, black and white. Green is generally associated with the concept of hope. So again, my desire is to spread love to the world with my activewear.

 

flow unique pattern on sustainable fabric

Flow

Flow is inspired by the need to be outdoors, the yearn for adventure and pushing boundaries. The day that I created this design, I was feeling strong, full of energy and ready to take on any battle or challenge that I came across. Feeling powerful!