FASHION AND ACCESSORY DESIGNER
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"If we knew how deep our actions, our decisions can impact our surrounding or other people in the most distant places of the world we’d probably feel more responsibility for everything we do and at least think before we act."
Where are you from?
I'm from Tbilisi, Georgia.
Describe your personal style as an artist. Do you like to dress up yourself or only
expressing yourself through your pieces?
It's hard for me to describe my style as an artist, as I have only made couple of steps in art
for now. So many things are changing daily about my attitude, my points of view, my taste and about me. I like noticing these changes, as it's a sign of growth. I was happy to read the second part of the question, people mix these things up so often! Creating clothes and wearing them are absolutely different things. I'd live comfortable in a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt. What I love about fashion is not the clothes but the fact that my way of expression becomes a new way for others of expressing themselves.
Where do you find your inspiration?
In the deepest places of my soul, buried under abandoned memories or shame. These are just some feelings, thoughts, dreams and fears. Anything that ever appeared in my heart and have been rejected by my head. After I recognize them I start a search for visual formulas in art, history or technologies to transform them into objects. I give them shape, texture, color and bring them out to light. And then I'm free. Maybe that’s why I don't like to wear my own designs, it's like returning to the point you recently left behind.
What is your creative process: do you sketch at first, listen particular music, collaborate with other artists, etc?
At first I work on concept and create a mood board, when it’s done I start sketching. I listen to music while sketching only if I'll find exactly matching track or song to what I'm trying to achieve, cause music can completely influence the creating process and if it's even a tiny bit different from what you want to get it will move aside the whole work from right way. But when inspiration lies in music itself then it leads you to the right destination like nothing else.
Your artistic statement.
Why do I do it? I don't know. If I knew I probably wouldn't. Because “the why” is the most important question. Why do we live? We don't know but we have an instinct and we just know we have to. So I create - I just know I have to. I see, I feel, I think, I draw and try to do as much as possible with my own hands, with leather, with wood or with iron. Some people describe my art as eco friendly, some futuristic, some ethnic but I would call it sincere. It is what it is, without trying to be something - contradicting me. I free my works from all the masks I wear, from all the fears and neuroses I have and they become what I'd like to be. Reflections of someone I want to become.
Where do you shop for your fabrics and other materials?
Well, that's probably one of the hardest parts of work as a designer in my country. We have very limited materials here, but I try to always use natural leather or fabrics but I also enjoy discovering materials in inappropriate places for fashion, like market for building materials for example.
Do you have favorite artists, designers, scientists, writers, politician etc?
While Philosophy of Japanese designers made me understand and love fashion in a way I do now, huge inspirations for me have also been Designers from early twentieth century like Elsa Schiaparelli, Madame Gres, Andre Perugia, Salvatore Ferragamo and etc. The list of my favorite artists is way longer so I’ll just name those who first come to my mind and these are: Frida Kahlo, Marina Abramovic, Dimitris Papaioannou, Bela Tarr and many, many others from writers like Herman Hesse to young Georgian poetess Lia Liqokeli.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I have no Idea! I know it sounds kind of light-minded but it's true. That's what I like about youth - suddenness and the mystery of future. I don't build long-term plans, I just do job what I know I have to do right now and life gives me new signs on every stage, I like following them blindly without knowing where they will lead me. It's about trying your best with what you have and not having too many worries about result, knowing that good job will always have good result.
Your favorite quote.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” - Martha Graham.
What moves you?
Fear. Probably the fear of emptiness, nonentity, insanity. I have a feeling that my life has always been more about running away from these fears than going straight to the dreams.
Your favorite color, why?
I like natural colors. I like looking at them and seeing life.
Your favorite cafe in your city? Where do you shop for food, fashion, in your city or other places around the world.
My favorite cafe in Tbilisi is Cafe Gallery, it's located in the part of the city where all the art schools are and therefore is the place where young artists meet and communicate and at nights when the quiet cafe turns in to the club the fun begins.. : ) Regarding the shopping - I'm not a very passionate shopper, probably my attitude to shopping could be described as - the closer the better, unless it's about vintage shops that I really love Spitalfields market in London is my favorite.
Your favorite place on Earth?
What a beautiful question! I immediately thought of all the Italian cities I've visited, of noisy London and of a small cafe near the Montmartre in Paris, but then they all disappeared and one Image came to my mind: ruins of the antic castle on the top of the rock on the seaside of black sea here in Georgia. There is a view from the castle on the sea which I could watch the whole eternity.
What can make Earth a better place in terms of environment, energy, peace?
Education. All the dramatic mistakes come from the lack of education and information. If we knew how deep our actions, our decisions can impact our surrounding or other people in the most distant places of the world we’d probably feel more responsibility for everything we do and at least think before we act.
If you had an opportunity what would you change about the world? How can your vision, your creations impact our surrounding? As a kid I used to want to be a politician, I thought it was the best way to make a difference but then I discovered that politicians often only make worse and decided that I didn't want to be a part of it. I thought maybe if I'll just do my job and be good at whatever I do, if I'll be a kind worthy person it will be the best way to live my life, to live good life and a good life would be more than enough. But time after time I feel guilty, especially when something bad is happening here in my country I think: What am I doing? Couldn't I do something more important than shoes? Shouldn't I? Mustn't I? But then when I think about art more deeply I realize there's nothing more important than that, this is what the mankind is proud of. Art is I think only valuable thing we have created. It's a language. It's a religion. And people who understand art, who believe in art will make this world a better place. And I'll be happy if my work will be just a drop in that amazing ocean.
Your wishes to Fab Ego.
I wish you growth and development! I wish there were more magazines with such taste, philosophy and support of young artists. You're doing truly fabulous job, keep it up!
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