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Song for the Mute
Founded in 2010, the brand are known internationally for their unique design philosophy and unflinching attention to detail and continue to stand out with their masterful use of a wide range of fabrics. Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty are the faces behind the Australian based label Song for the Mute. The collective's vision narrates the joy of creative culmination. The ultimate aim is to inject wonder and a sense of intrigue in the wearer. This is the constant throughout the collections.
Patrizia Donà was born in 1972 in Zagreb where she graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy’s Department of Art History and Ethnology. After finishing her studies, she moved to Rotterdam and attended the study of Fashion Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy. She graduated cum laude in 2006 and her final collection “Souvenirs d’ Enfance-La manufacture des Automates” was nominated for the Drempelprijs academy award. She has worked in Belgium at A. F. Vandevorst. Patrizia currently focused her interest on designing accessories.
Dutch jewellery has a place at the international top. At the academies, the jewellery sector draws international talent. Thanks to an infrastructure with specialized galleries and museums, and a system of scholarships that ensures the makers of a living, Holland was able to develop into an internationally prominent land of jewellery. Now that’s all changed, scholarships are almost a thing of the past and designers have to develop a business talent to survive.
I began working with photography at Aperture in the 90s, although my background is in archaeology and museology. My career path drastically changed when I met Ebrahim Alkazi, a well-known art collector and theatre director from India and worked with him and Bhupendra Karia, the artist/curator, at the Center for International Contemporary Arts (CICA). Alkazi later hired me to put together his 19th century photography collection on photographic works from and on India.
I am the great-granddaughter of legendary eyewear designer Oliver Goldsmith. I am also currently Director of Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses where we produce not only the OG ICONS collection but also my own line of eyewear (CG Eyewear). And on my days off I’m a wife and mother of two, a serial trainer collector and an expert popcorn maker and pizza burner (I really can’t cook to save my life!)
Up until now a lot of my retailers have a selection of the products online and on the Reinhard Plank website (reinhardplank.it) there is a section called “sales” where you can find a bigger offer of shoes. We have some customers that write to us directly and ask if they can order a hat , if it is not available in any other stores. Currently we are also working on our launch of a online shop for the website that will have a selection of pieces made out of very rare and unique materials.
Asger Juel Larsen lives in a state of romance, warfare and gothic utopia. This is a designer who's strength lies in a story. From an underground military rave, to a well tailored and rebellious roadtrip, or even a residency in the madhouse, Asger has a dark jungle of ideas that pushes menswear into psychotic sophistication. Call it personal experiences or messed up dreams; either way the concoction is truly addictive in the aesthetic.
The international fashion designers have never asked for joining in this kind of competition before… After their product positioning analyze, since 2010 the Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode (MMMM) brought in a new global and unreleased approach for the young fashion designers established all over the Mediterranean.
We first met in the “designtransfer” gallery in Berlin, during an exhibition of Angela’s then employer. In the early 90s we visited together an old shoe last factory in the Harz mountains where we found unused wooden soles from the seventies. In four intensive weeks experimenting in Michael’s Kreuzberg workshop, we developed a first series of shoes, which we exhibited at the “Galerie für Kunsthandwerk” in Berlin. The exhibition was a tremendous success and became the staring point of our label “Trippen”.
Karol Weisslechner is a great teacher, but I didn´t want to tie myself down to the world of jewellery. In Vienna the department was formally called masterclass for sculpture, but the students could make everything there, the common thing was a conceptual approach to art. The open dialogue I experienced in Vienna gave me a new perspective also on the potential of jewellery as an artistic medium. This dialogue was strongly influenced by the neo-conceptual movements of the 1990s: Tobias Rehberger, Jorge Pardo, Wolfgang Tillmans were some of my heroes.
Linda Troeller is a NY art photographer living at the Chelsea Hotel. She has published, "Chelsea Hotel: An Artist's Memoir," with Blurb.com which was exhibited at the F-stop Festival and recently won the special exhibition award from the Teplice Photo Festival near Prague. She exhibited the photographs at the University of the Arts, Melkweg Gallery and at the Coda Museum, Netherlands.
I was on tour with a Danish artist. We played Moscow, New York and Texas. I brought my very very old battered bag a long and everywhere I went people commented it even stopped me on the street. On the way back to Europe I drafted the business plan on a napkin - not knowing anything about productions and design.
I am still touring and I visit stores and clients when I am on the road. And some of the future label and record company people are now working in fashion ...
Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale, dream-like photographs of nudes. She has described her work as redefining ways of looking at the body, her nudes often reference classical themes with a light and insightful touch. Kuhn’s approach to her photography is unusual in that she usually develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable naturalness and intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked but comfortable in their own skin.
"Qi" is the latest work of Dutch conceptual jeweler Ruudt Peters, one of the prominent figures in the Art Jewellery scene nowadays. Continuing a long search for various forms of alchemy, Peters found himself in China for three months, exploring the inner alchemy (Qi) of Eastern culture. The resulting exhibition is comprised of blind drawings on stone, either made into wearable pendants and brooches and layered with further drawings constructed of silver or as large stone decorative tablets.
Erïk Bjerkesjö’s subversive style has been a long time in the making, he completed masters in advanced fashion footwear design at polimoda under the guidance of patrick de muynck and linda loppa. Erïk’s vision is to make a thoughtful, elegant design that is innovative and a post-modern synthesis. The inaugural collection is being entirely manually produced by the designer himself as well as seasoned craftsmen in the rich, fecund, rolling green hills of tuscany.
"Since I started as a designer the main challenge and item in my work is looking for new technical solutions within a contemporary interpretation of traditional values and crafts in combination with expressive and innovative design".
Yvonne Koné stands for superior product quality and durability and a commitment to customer service. The perfect bag will last forever- highlighting the core values of the Yvonne Koné company: outstanding traditional craftsmanship, innovative design, contemporary functionality, and the highest quality materials.
His first collection; A/W 2010, manifested as a compilation of shoes, bags, gloves and belts. The shapes you will find in this collection are all about irregularity. These imperfect shapes come to life in the various leathers that have been chosen. They are rough, thick and hard, showing tick bites, scars and burn marks. Even the rough edges of the leather skins have been used in their designs.
Isabel Benenato began with a knitwear collection in 2008, with a clean and rigorous style made of essential shapes and natural tones with prodominant use of black and white. Her stylistic inspiration comes from a sensitivity and detailed interpretation of the surrounding reality. Faithful to her beliefs and emotions, she remains true to herself from collection to collection. Immune from outside influences and the obsessive research of trends, her style evolves considering different points of view.
The difference with the others is that, as I said, we have a permanent selection of the people who can participate to Tranoï. it's a young talent representation, artists that have a vision above today's trend, and they avoid falling into fast fashion, street wear, anything that could make them common.
Krisztina Reisini a British citizen, of Hungarian heritage, has lived between London, Paris, Milan and New York: All commenced with marketing and photography moving into interior design through which she entered the world of high fashion. Fascinated by the personalities of Diana Vreeland, first director of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue America and the unforgettable Josephine Baker the soubrette of the Paradis Latin, her inspirations are the great Parisian fashion designers, the cinema post WW11.
In my current project, I wanted to explore whether nudity can be shot differently. Most nude photography is done by male photographers, and while amongst them there are some fantastic nude photographers, I think we can name some of the most common tendencies: the abstract vision - black and white, the parts of body, body as geometrical lines ( I wonder if it is not a fear of a woman that makes a photographer distance himself and see the body as part of a landscape..).
I'm Roger Mavity: I've spent most of my working life running an advertising agency and then a design business. A few years ago I decided that instead of selling other people's ideas I'd make my own; I re-invented myself as a writer and photographer. My first book, 'Life's a Pitch' was published in 2007 and my second book comes out next year. I did a Masters degree in photography in 2007/8 and I have worked as a professional photographer
During my Foundation Art and Design course at the University of Ulster in Belfast I did a short two-week jewellery block by chance as we were encouraged to work in a discipline we hadn’t tried before. I was feeling a bit lost until I came across a book in the library that really opened my eyes to contemporary jewellery. I was really inspired by conceptual and performative works by artists such as Emmy van Leersum, Gijs Bakker and Gerd Rotman. It made me realise jewellery was a medium with a lot of potential.
After having decided to explore this subject, I began searching for my models by placing an announcement and by keeping my eyes open wherever I go. Most of the models in the project have answered to my ad and some I discovered in public spaces. After a preliminary interview, we arranged a shooting. The ladies all showed up at my studio with a suitcase full of clothes and of ‘stories’. Following our photo-shoot, which lasted on average 3-4 hours, I provided all the models with a more detailed questionnaire where they could express their position in writing.
They founded Doinel Gallery in 2011 to bring beautiful contemporary fine art photography within the reach of more art lovers than ever before. Doinel is a moving gallery that specializes in collectible photographic works that are visually sophisticated, yet accessible. They are motivated by their passion for fine art photography, along with the exciting market and investment potential that this medium presents to art collectors, both new and seasoned.
Tristan Hoare studied History of Art at Edinburgh University. Following an internship at the Louvre, he spent four years at Christie's Auctioneers, both London and Paris. During this time he worked in a variety of departments including 18th century French Furniture, Old Masters, Impressionist and Contemporary art, before focusing on photography. After leaving Christie's, Tristan worked for different galleries before setting up his own company advising clients and curating mixed exhibitions.
Born and raised in Japan, Tomi now lives and works in UK.
While working as a hair stylist in fashion, he started making wigs and head props for shoots flaring his originality to turn his creative idea into shapes. Quickly his head props become popular among fashion stylists in London and Paris, and soon he became an established and well-respected hair and head prop artist.
In September 2010, he had his first film / photo / performance show of his collection during London fashion week.
Specialized in contemporary art jewelry, Galerie Noel Guyomarc' h presents the creations of artists jewelers of Quebec and Canada as well as international. The collection gathers an original selection of rings, weeding bands, brooches, necklaces and earrings made of sterling silver, gold, with sometimes precious and semiprecious stones. Also discover jewelry made of unusual materials such as plastic, porcelain, acrylic, Formica, glass to name a few.
Tim Georgeson's advertising, art and environmental portraiture feature in CODE, Colors, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and many more magazines. His avant-garde, award-winning print campaigns shot with agencies such as KesselsKramer Amsterdam, 180, and Springer and Jacoby, have been featured with a lot of hoora around the world. He has won numerous prizes, including World Press Photo, NY Festival, Cannes, and PDN awards.
Photographs & interview by Gerald Jenkins
Ania’s creative licence is fairly substantial-she paints good-makes good clothes-and then there’s the rest. ’Cement Pond’ poems by Ania Chorabik was published in April this year (Frank Publishing). Her private papers that somehow came to a publishers desk. She has just completed a feature film due for release in February ‘The Summer House’ (Sommarstället) portraying a pregnant woman-something that reflects her true condition in a rather chaotic rock n’ roll surrounding.
Vue Privée is beyond an art gallery. It is a refuge for like-minded people. It is a brand that that was born from my love for photography and for art in general. It is my selfish dream to new and emerging artists by giving them a platform to exhibit their talents alongside more the more established ones. And if is also one of our missions to empower a new "breed" of collectors by democratizing the world of fine art, by allowing them to have access to museum quality artworks at more accessible price-points.
I grew up with photography and art. I'm a very visual person and love creating things that exist in my imagination. It's funny I really have never known anything outside of art. I grew up in the west village of Manhattan in the 70s and 80s-- I guess that kind of says it all. My work is part fantasy and part reality. It's kind of like a puzzle in a sense. If you look closely you'll find a story hidden within a story.
The vision began many years ago. I had worked for a boutique in London's Covent Garden called JONES for 9 years. At the time, Jones was a very directional store, with a strong vision. Since its closure 12 years ago,a gap was left in the market, and so i slowly began developing a concept for a directional store. Cheng and myself felt that it is the right time for change, a time for us create the right mark in London's retail landscape. A destination that you go in search for once you're in the city.
COLLECT came about in order to build the market for contemporary craft in the UK but also to establish the UK as the place to come for the world’s best contemporary craft. We wanted to develop and support the gallery infrastructure and raise the cultural and financial value of contemporary craft. We wanted to impact on the sector in terms of building artists’ profiles, supporting emerging makers, promoting galleries and spaces and enabling a clearer understanding of contemporary craft. And I think we achieved our goal in creating an authentic, exciting and dynamic event that is now a fixture on the international cultural calendar.
Fotografiska strive to become an important center for contemporary photography. Their ambition is to exhibit world-renown photographers, many of whom have never shown in Sweden. Located in the heart of Stockholm, the museum has an exhibition space of 2 500 square meters, and will feature 4 major exhibitions per year and approximately 15 - 20 minor exhibitions. Fotografiska aim to engage and inspire a dialogue on photography via exhibitions, seminars, and courses, in addition to actively working toward the acquisition of contemporary photography for their permanent collection.
H E D M A N K L I N G is established by curator and exhibition designer Sofia Hedman and artistic director and designer Karolina Kling and offers a new aesthetic world of experimental and amusing exhibitions and graphics. "One of our main reason to start the H E D M A N K L I N G company, was for us to be able to create the work that noone else gave us - to be free to express our view through our graphic and conceptual language and create the project where both our talents could be seen but with help through other designers work."
I’m a photographer and Digital artist living and working in Sydney - Australia. I focus my energies on both the worlds of Fine Art and Commercial Art. I’m dedicated to presenting contemporary notions of fashion and beauty through innovative digital media. Winning a national award for an artwork or collection reinforces the value of the work. It’s just like winning an advertising award. It’s very exciting too!
" Jewelry. The craft provides a base. It represents a starting point from where to deal with things, organize them and make a ritual out of what is happenig. Jewels are just the tool.The big project is the attempt to understand through the making of them. Pieces appear according to my most immediate needs.Which turns the manipulated matter into a map of my reality". Marc´s jewellery appears as a modest rejection of the ordinary: the only way to stimulate the mind, questioning values and preconceived ideas. To carry on hopes.
After graduating from Bunka Fashion College, he entered Yohji Yamamoto Inc. in 1995 and worked as a pattern maker and also was making plans for products of Y's for seven years. Also he was a staff member for Paris Collection. In 2002, he established kiryuyrik with Yuki Taniyama .kiryuyrik is the brand which has been pursuing “a beauty” functionally and visually.
Impossible started with a small team of the very best 10 former Polaroid employees who shared our passion as well as the belief in our Impossible dream. Every single one of them has a long time of expertise in the field of instant film production - more than 500 years accumulated experience and knowledge. Without their work and support the Impossible Project would not have had the slightest chance to make the Impossible possible. The Impossible Project currently employs 25 people in the factory in Enschede.
Opened in 1991, Velvet da Vinci name inspired by an old Perry Mason television episode) is a gallery of contemporary craft specializing in artist jewelry and metalwork. Representing artists from the US, Europe, Latin America and Japan, the quality and range of work shown at Velvet da Vinci has made it a regular must-see stop for collectors, museum curators, and other knowledgeable art and art-jewelry enthusiasts.
Velvet da Vinci organizes 10-12 exhibitions a year including one and two-person shows and important group exhibitions of work from around the world.
I was always fascinated with the shapes of footwear and saw it as wearable sculptures. I wanted to show my own point of view with my artistic designs. So I studied design in collage and also went to "old school" shoe makers to learn a lot of technical things to be able to actually make it myself. This is my "design language", my form of art. I create these designs simply because I want to… no specific expectations, "design for design". Since I posted my creations online, I get a lot of requests to buy/order these, so I'm checking options how can this be done.
In my photographs I try to bring myself into the picture that I almost fade in it. First there is always the location, an old house, a luxus hotel o a flower lawn. The location forces the action of the picture and the person becomes an item with the location. I don’t want to dominate, I rather want to become one with the location. Sometimes the person is an object, sometimes the person is surreal, sometimes she is present, sometimes she is absent.
I am an art historian with a special interest in contemporary design, crafts and jewellery. Since 1985 I work as a free lancer, mainly as a writer and critic for Dutch and international magazines, and also as a lecturer for international conferences and art academies. Further making exhibitions and working as an advisor and juror. Since 2000 I am the president of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation, a Dutch private foundation since 1980, aimed at stimulating and promoting contemporary art jewellery .
Is a fashion label founded in 2002 as a collaboration between New York based artists/designers Diva Pittala (Italian) & Adrian Cowen (British). The team also create art installations and sculpture under the acronym C.R.E.E.,P. and have previously produced the experimental designer collection People used to dream about the future.
At first I wanted to be a comic book artist, but when I was 17, I went to that fabulous exhibition in Paris at the Centre Pompidou called “Féminin-Masculin: le sexe de l'art.” They were showing the work of performance artists such as Michel Journiac, Orlan, and Hermann Nitsch as well as photos by Gilbert and George, Robert Mapplethorpe and Larry Clark. It had a huge impact on me since I was in the middle of a teenage identity crisis. That’s when I began to do some self-portraits with my camera. I showed them at school for an end-of-year exhibition, but the teacher tried to censor it.
My name is Johannes Faber. I am the owner of Galerie Johannes Faber in Vienna, Austria. We are spezialized in Austrian and Czech as well as American and European Classic Modern photographs. Quite soon I realized that there was no suitable infrastructure for photography in Austria. So I opened my gallery in 1983. From the beginning I strictly divided my own art work from the gallery work (I did not exhibit my own photographs). The exhibitions have been devoted to fine art photography because art-based photography has already been shown in other galleries.
Darklands is a nomadic, multi-brand, cutting edge men’s fashion shop. Featuring the most coveted avant garde designers of the moment, the shop relocates to a new space within Berlin, every couple of seasons or so. We can find one of the best selections of cult designers like Carol Christian Poell, Julius, Damir Doma, MA+, The Viridi-Anne, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Undercover, Lumen et Umbra, Augusta, Obscur, Reinhard Plank, Yohan Serfaty.
Born in 1972, I started photography when I was 16. After my art studies I was working as a photographer. I was always involved with photography. At a certain point I was consulting for buyers. Two years later I had my own space. It was not ment to be that way.
My name is Nathalie Doucet - I am a former Paris Fashion Designer and U.S. Fashion Professor. I am the Founder and President of the Arts of Fashion Foundation, Director of Collaborative Educational Initiatives and Research. I was motivated by my experience in fashion. When you master the creative process, you can only be rewarded; it puts you on the path to liberty and independence.
My name is Ulrike Tschabitzer-Handler and I am the creative director and editor-in chief of the Vienna- based fashion platform Unit F büro für mode. t is amazing how this event is progressing in the fashion and photography scene, joining two disciplines that has reach a good relationship during all this years. Ulrike Tschabitzer give us a few details of this great event.
We have the opportunity to interview Claire Ginzler, Freelance fashion stylist and Fashion Director of On/Off event. We know she was hectic, so we really appreciate the time she spent to bring us her thoughts about Fashion, Styling and her ideas for young designers.
This gallery specialises in contemporary art jewellery which communicates ideas, has sculptural qualities and an innovative use of materials. The gallery represents a very motivated group of jewellery artists who produce work challenging the borders of the applied and the fine arts.
I am 49 years old. I was born in Santa Fe, a city in the Argentinian Pampas, and I have spent all my childhood in a village in the heart of the country. I cannot speak English very well. I have been a photographer since I was 18. I would like to devote myself to the oil painting of big fabrics. I have neither patience to make films, nor I have ideas to write scripts. I went to a Catholic boys' school. Now I am attempting to make yoga, taking care of cholesterol and drinking less alcohol.
I have a mixed cultural background: German born, grew up in Canada – Montreal area – for 12 years up until Highschool. After my return to Germany I first had an economical training before discovering jewelry. Later I came to Amsterdam to study at the jewelry department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Since my graduation in 1997 I work and live in Amsterdam with my own studio and have been participating regularly in exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad.
My overall facination with fashion is its close relation and interaction with the human body. I’m obsessed with anatomy and its exploration (mainly through drawing and sculpture). My ultimate goal is to create garments with their own anatomy, and also with their own soul.
Aitor develops all his conceptual and formal speech which give expression to all his anatomic and sculptural studys. When he was a child, Aitor Throup dedicate most of his time to draw the movement of the human body.Invert all the hours to give to each of his draws an anatomy, to get a three-dimensional aspect of an inanimate object to create his own internal structure.
I was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1974. My grandfather introduced me to photography at an early age. He always walked around with his camera taking pictures of family and friends. Every now and then he turned their little kitchen into a dark room where he was printing pictures for his photo albums. When I was about 10 I got my first “do it yourself” camera that I had to put together from a kit. My grandpa gave me a quick cheat sheet on exposure calculation and a few black and white rolls. Well, that’s were it all started, however I didn’t even realize I can make it my career until much later.