Jil Sander, Maison Margiela, Celine, Comme des Garcons, Dries Van Noten – iconoclast heritage vs redefining; craftsmanship vs deconstruction; mystery vs modern elegance; conceptualism of modern art vs mundane Wednesday morning coffee - these have been my inspirations to delve in the fashion illustration. Fashion for me is narrative of human search for expression. History of awesomeness and confidence.
The exploration of the fashion ways has lead me from Riga to New York and back. I have investigated it in Latvian Academy of Art, Collage of Design and Arts, NY art studios and workshops. And I continue to find my revelations in the daily street fashion, as well as on the heat of catwalks. The story keeps unveiling. And I indulge in the experience of narrating it.
I have found the means of narration through blending modern fashion illustration with figurative painting. To bring illustration to live I have dropped digital images in favour of the intuitive expression through hand painting with coal, watercolour and acrylic.
Static elegance of graphic elements, combined with vivid strikes of acrylic – my way of taking sotryline to the center of it – the human. Strong through it’s vulnerability, delicate and approachable, jet isolated with the gaze fixed on the though outside the current frame.
Fashion Illustration for me is synthesis of style, tale, emotion and moment. A human story, personal yet shared, the story that I can rewrite with every painting.
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