“My pieces have a clean and comfortable cut, but my pattern are expressive and colorful. "
Newly born brand GUNEE Homme’s innovative and absolutely polished lookbook is quite impressive. Simple and minimalistic approach to the design, bold and geometrical prints created specifically for the brand, high quality of fabrics places this brand into a perspective to become popular especially among young and “hipsterish” fashionistos.
Tell us a little about you and your work.
I was born in Poltawa, the Ukraine. After the fall of the Berlin wall my parents moved to Germany. In a small town called Munster (Westphalia) I spent my whole childhood. Today I live in Cologne.
Describe your personal style as an artist. Also, do you like to dress up or you prefer expressing yourself through your pieces?
My pieces have a clean and comfortable cut, but my pattern are expressive and colorful. And that is what I would wear in my private life, too. I like the contrast. I would wear a formal and simple suit, but with neon orange socks or shoes.
I just love your vision. Where do you find your inspiration? Tell us about your collections. How do you develop your elaborative prints?
My shirts are an expansion of my art. For many years, my illustrations were only available as a wall art or on a paper in many magazines. During the past two years I was creating handmade pattern for my own collection. Now my illustrations and prints can be wearable. I find my inspiration in my mind and in music.
What is your creative process: do you sketch at first, listen to particular music, collaborate with other artists, etc?
My main inspiration is music. No matter which genre. I listen to the beats and my mind starts to create everything by it's own. I generally do not make sketches. I start with the production of the pattern directly. I have just this one attempt. If the pattern doesn't work at once, I start to make another one. I did not collaborate with someone for GUNEE Homme, but I could imagine to do this in the near future.
Your artistic statement.
Where do you shop for your fabrics and other materials?
I just shop in Germany so far.
Name your top influences (artists or otherwise).
Björk, Mathias Augustyniak + Michael Amzalag, Brian Molko + Stefan Olsdal + Steve Hewitt, Lee Cotter + Astrid Olsson, Hayao Miyazaki, Mārīte Mastiņa + Rolands Pēterkops, Hideto Takarai, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Pierre Bergé, Gael Garcia Bernal, Vivienne Westwood, Oki Sato, Satoru Iwata + Shigeru Miyamoto, Michel Gondry, Ken Kitamura, Shara Worden, Sylvain Chomet, Jacob Graham + Jonathan Pierce, Etsuko, Yakushimaru, Sheena Ringo, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Miles Davis, Helge Schneider, Erik Satie, Kris Van Assche, Ray Harryhausen, Izima Kaoru, Yohji Yamamoto etc.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Either under a bridge or at the top of a hill.
What moves you?
My bike, my feet, life and death
Your favorite color.
I don't have any favorite color. Every colour has its own legitimacy to exist.
Your favorite cafe in your city? Where do you shop for food, fashion, in your city. Or some places around the world, perhaps some websites as well.
I don't go out very often in Cologne. The best thing about Cologne is Paris. There is a direct railroad connection from here to the capital of France. I don't like coffee, but I love sweets from Japan. A good address for Yokan or Namagashi is TORAYA in Paris.
Your favorite place on Earth.
I did not find it, yet
Your dream place.
Caspar David Friedrich - Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818).
What can make Earth a better place in terms of environment, energy, peace?
The end of humanity...or just a bit more education.
Your wishes to Fab Ego.
Success with your magazine.
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