Howard Weiner, Designer
A native of New York’s metropolitan area, Howard’s early life was influenced by Manhattan’s wealth of cultural offerings – music, theatre, opera, art, museums and more. His cultural experiences inspired him, serving as filters for his developing creative eye. With a deep desire to become an artist, Howard found an outlet in photography when, as a young adult, his best friend gifted him with a camera – his first. Since 1979, his passion for the art capable of being produced with a camera has motivated his long professional career.
The beauty of black and white imagery captivated him. Cherishing his time in the dark room while self-printing most of his work, he watched his visions magically develop and transform onto photo paper. Actors and models sought his unique style. His inventive imagination prompted others to follow. With his extraordinary eye, the world of fashion photography became a lucrative career.
The dawn of digital cameras and computer compatibility opened the doors of Howard’s dark room. The technological advantages set a new standard and allowed him to explore newer visions. His work was filled with images in vibrant, electrifying, saturated colors.
On an extended holiday in Southeast Asia in 2003, Howard discovered a land turned 180 degrees from the western world he knew his entire life. He found the people and their culture enchanting. In the repetitive designs used throughout the region, he recalled the dizzying images seen through kaleidoscopes he once owned as a child.
Returning to America with a fired imagination, he began transforming pictures of ordinary objects and surroundings into exquisite color photos of abstract art. The result was a beautiful and well-received exhibit entitled “Pattern / Texture.”
In 2007 Howard returned to Southeast Asia to begin a pivotal, seven-year period living in Thailand. Working still with his colorful abstractions he used extra-large industrial printers and in 2010 produced an exhibit of wall-sized art, a series he called “Beyond the Kaleidoscope.” In 2012, he reversed the process by miniaturizing the scale, printing his kaleidoscopic photographs onto fabric as wearable art.
Encouraged by the successful outcome, he launched into the newest phase of his career and in 2014 Howard returned to America to promote KALEIDOSCARVESTM – where art and fabric come together.