lundi 6 juillet 2015

J'ai deux amours: art & fashion

picture by Anthony Lycett 

Sue Kreitzman  opened my eyes on the beauty of african fashion when I went with her to the African fabric market in Spitafields. She uses a lot of this amazingly detailed colourful beaded necklace as base for her own art.   Before I had this vision of "primitive" art associated with tourist fake wooden sculpture  incrusted with plastic shells next to a Bob Marley t-shirt on market stool.   

The headpiece was commissioned by Deirdre from Lucy Lounge vintage shop in Dublin, with some customised tribal baby face and reason feathers kept by Mum grandmother from my uncle hunting.  

African style coming strong this few past seasons mingling with more western aesthetic, adopted by festival looks for his colourful patterns, eco-fashion connotation   mixed with other tribal and ethnic inspirations.  

Like in this editorial for Vogue where the african ethic fashion is styled on a white model.  

My idea was to create an African aesthetic necklace inspired by colourful folk african fairy tales of my childhood.  With a naive touch in a good way,  but trying to avoid any "colonialism" or "primitive art" connotation.

picture by Anthony Lycett 

   I glued a lot of rhinestones on savannah animals to give them a bit of glam and bling, with this necklace you are ready for a chic safari trip! 

 My Mum found two figurines of the sorceress in Kirikou a French cartoon, I knew Sue would like this strong powerful woman character, half goddess, half witch
Sue Kreitzman, pensive surrounded by her art with my African style necklace on her blue mannequin.  

I always feel really privileged to meet an artist and they have always been very generous with me. When I met John Baldwin in his studio,  he gave me a lot canvas he wanted to to get rid of.  I could have just stick them on my wall as they are so beautiful but that wasn't the purpose of it.  

picture by Anthony Lycett 
I've done some experiments with paint and garment before in interactive performance (read the article about it) But I've never used someone else paintings in my work before.  
Aiming to make "wearable art" I've always been interested in the link between fine art and fashion.  How something that should be "Art for art's sake" could be "downgraded" (according to Platoon theory on art)  into something useful, with a precise function as being worn? Could you be a walking painting or is art meant to stay on the wall?  
 I don't know a lot about print making.  At fashion school  degree shows,  I am always fascinated by experimental techniques that student use in order to create new pattern.  
But what could be better than a master painting?  This dress is the first experiment of I hope a larger scale one.  I had to tame the rigidity and tackiness of the canvas  to work with that suppress the smooth flow of a garment and make the shape more contrived. 

picture by Anthony Lycett 
I also met the pop artist Marthy Thonrton who gave me this "My little pony Burger" that he made during the horse meat scandal. I turned this witty piece into a fascinating. What could be best than wearing a art piece as a headpiece?  I like to think that lot of the accessory that I am wearing have a meaning, a deeper concept than just being cloth, a sentimental and artistic value.  

picture by Anthony Lycett 

I've already made a lot of dresses with baby faces in the past. But this time I wanted to push the experiment further by painting the face with arcylic paint, primary colours and the mix of 2 of this colours.  I wanted to create a kind of pop art baby dolls face…why?  just for fun.  

I worn it for the Art car boot fair where a lot of artists come to exhibit  and sells their work in Bricklane, far from the pretentiousness  of the white wall gallery but more in spirit of a  a sunday market.  Wearing a wearable piece of art, I felt more legitimacy mingling with the artist and it was my way to contribute to the event.  

I feel so honoured to strike the pose with the amazing Molly Parkin.  You can see theses people on TV and the net day have your picture taken with them, this is the magic of London.  

picture by Anthony Lycett 

I grant it to you, shooting in brick lane is a bit overdone. I watched this programme on BBC  about the artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster who own a building in Shoreditch saying that if she got one pound for all the photoshoot down in front  of her building she will be another millionaire .  

But I particularly like this wall washed out with colours as if they were dripping from the paintings as the expression of a overflow of creativity.  

1 commentaire:

  1. This is really beautiful!! I get really nervous when people create something African inspired because more times it can turn into appropriation, but I like that you took the time with it and really researched and was inspired and created something so very beautiful!! I like this a lot. And here at the bottom is another favourite, the black dress with the colourful dolls heads. I also love really bright colours against black as it makes me eyes open so wide and I love when colour does that!! And the way you've done your eye make-up makes it look as though you are 'crying colour' which I very much like. As crying can be from happiness too & babies cry, so it connects for me with the dress concept. It's beautiful, I love it. Superb work as always xx


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