Jean Paul Gaultier - Welcome to the Sky!
Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris’ original design l’enfant terrible, has captivated the fashion world throughout his 40-year career, shocking and garnering praise in equal parts for his iconoclastic haute couture collections.
The idea of this work came spontaneously, without any hesitation as I decided to explore the inner world of J-P. This is an entirely exceptional case. The idea of the picture was ready in 30 minutes, while for other works it could take days or even weeks to find an inspiration. As I worked on the project many new details emerged - always spontaneous. Figuratively speaking, the design of the artwork was simply dictated to me, and my task was to find a way to express it in the physical form.
Many symbolical images depict the inner world of the artist, who gains the support for his work from cosmic energies. The level of his mastery could only be compared to the sky which is represented by the boat of his life that floats in the clouds. The divine hand blesses the fortune’s darling, and the wind of fortune blows into the sails of his boat. The freedom and rejoice is in the essence of the show that is presented by magnificent Maestro of the art of fashion.
L’enfant terrible creates the reality on the scene of being, performing his show under the sky of personal freedom.
Does the master create his own image or is it supported by invisible forces? - That is the philosophical theme of the artwork. In fact, this is the secret of life, symbolized by means of textile art.
Completion of the artwork took almost 6 months of my life - 6 months of personal communication with the Master of the fashion’s world.
The artworks consist of 2 layers (2D), the upper one of which is transparent (crinoline) and the bottom one - filled with applique. Due to the fact that the upper layer is made of a transparent grid, the visual effect, as if the images are "floating in the air". Artwork is done by sewing with a needles and threads. Stones, beads and other elements are sewn by hand onto the fabric.
Portrait (face) are performed separately and then attached to the foundation fabric, as other artwork elements.
Technique of a face - imposing (overlaying/overlapping) on a basis of separate pieces of a fabric of corresponding color from what the effect of picturesque smears is created.
Drilled mainly natural semiprecious stones, as well as beads of various shapes and sizes of metal, wood, glass, porcelain and others. Also used are expensive silk fabrics of French designers from natural fibers, as well as fur, lace, nets, feathers and pearls.
Vivienne Westwood: The Queen of Punk
Vivienne Westwood is one of the most famous fashion designers in the world. Her wild, anarchic fashion style inspired me to create her portrait. In my artwork I present her as an Icon of a new time. At 75, she is still extravagant and is very socially active, to make our world a better place.
Many of her garments are exhibited in museums, for example, in the New York Museum of Modern Art. Britain's royal family has also honored the extravagant fashion queen. Vivienne was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Vivienne Westwood has been an actively participant in protests and marches: against the British government's anti-terror policies, against nuclear submarines and Guantanamo, against fracking and climate change.
I would like for me to live such a wonderful life filled with creativity and innovation, like the life of Vivienne Westwood. She was born into a poor family and achieved everything by herself. To create the portrait from pieces of fabric it`s take a lots of time and I am very happy that I had time for it when I was stay in hospital after long illness.
I believe that communication with great people helps to become better. For this reason, I worked on a portrait of Vivienne Westwood.
The artworks consist of two layers (3D), the upper one of which is transparent crinoline, and the bottom one made filled with applique, overlay and beading. Due to the fact that the upper layer is made of a transparent grid, the visual effect, as if the images are "floating in the air".
Artwork was done from fabric by sewing by hand, without use paint. Stones, beads and other elements are sewn onto the base. Face was performed separately and then sewn to the fabric, as other artwork elements. Technique of face - overlay (overlap) the separate pieces of a fabric, which was cut out from multicolored fabric (you can see this fabric behind of the head).
Beads of metal, wood, glass, drilled natural semi-precious stones, silk, cotton, lace, nets fabrics, as well as fur, feathers and print inserts. Wood frame, acrylic.
These are examples of different portrait artwork that artist created during her career. Materials used: silk fabrics, tulle, bone, metal and glass beads, semi-precious stones, print on canvas, wooden frame and more …