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Seattle (and the Pacific Northwest in general) has long had a reputation of marching to the beat of a different drummer. As early as 1975 the region was the setting for Cascadia, a bioregion and proposed country popularized in the environmental Utopian novel “Ecotopia” by Ernest Callenbach. Seattle gave birth to Grunge. And then there were the 1999 WTO riots. Perhaps the surrounding environment, which gives rise to vigorous and verdant growth, affects people who live here. Whatever the case, Seattle continues to spawn free-wheeling, often outlandish spurts of creativity, and her local Fashion community is not immune.
AMDEF (acronym for Art Music Dance Entertainment Fashion), a production of Active Entertainment, returns to Neumo’s September 12 for one of the most unique and diverse community building events to hit Seattle each year.
AMDEF partners talents from the different creative communities to produce over six hours of unique showcases in one evening. The event highlights innovative ways of advancing Seattle’s Arts and Fashion Culture. It reminds viewers that the creative process is not limited to artists, musicians and designers, but is a way for everyone to see through the eyes of innovation.
A monotype (a one-of-a-kind print on paper) I did to commemorate a record-breaking stretch of Summer in Seattle. I’ve lived in this city since 2003 and life-long residents tell me this is the best summer they can remember in a long time. Sunny(!) days since the end of May, when it usually doesn’t get that way till late August-September.
In this illustration I’m bringing together the written word (designer Christophe Josse‘s name) and the painted image (my rendering of one of Mr. Josse’s creations). The challenge is to help the viewer fully immerse him- or herself into the totality of the picture. To not have to stop one process (seeing) in order to start another (reading) but to enjoy both experiences simultaneously.
Here’s my illustration of model Max Mensah wearing a Juleano Men original, shown at Seattle Fashion Week 2015. Julius Leano is a Seattle-based designer whose work is informed by the aesthetics of science, mathematics, and geometry.
One of the advantages I have as an artist is that I can design a model’s face and body in an illustration to look any age or physical condition. Since fashion “is in essence an industry based on deception” and on promises that “if you wear this you will look better/cooler/thinner/taller/more powerful than you really are”, we’ve little recourse than to maintain the practice of illusion. The issues are consumers who desire (and will pay for) a certain appearance and the resources we have to work with: models (human beings) who, naturally, age.
Under-Age Models Return
To celebrate the beginning of Summer 2015 I present “Summer Dress“. I pull this out of my portfolio once or twice a year. It’s a monoprint on paper (18″ x 30″), looser and more spontaneous than my current way of making a picture.