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Isabel Spantzel „sirène“

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sirène

Photography and Creative Direction: Isabel Spantzel @isabel_spantzel
Fashion Designer & Stylist: Lion Busch @lion_busch
Hair and Make-up: Aurelia Braga de Matos @aurelia_braga_de_matos
Model: Haein Yoon @shtlux
Agency: @vivamodelsberlin
All looks by fashion designer Lion Busch
Shoes and Accessoires: stylist ́s own

Interview with designer KERIMA ELFAZA

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Text: Lyubov Melnickowa

Interview with designer KERIMA ELFAZA

Thank you for taking time for an den interview with us! Before asking questions about the brand, I would like to learn more about the designer and founder of the brand KERIMA ELFAZA.

Tell a little about yourself. How did your creative path begin and why did you decide to become a fashion designer?

From an early age on, I was not only fascinated by fashion. I have loved drawing, colours, shapes, patterns and materials since I can remember. I knew I was about to build my life around this. If you take a look at my designs you can see that I love to experiment with different colours. In my working process I reconsider, reorder, and redraw everything many times until I have a feeling of satisfaction of what I came up with.

My brand is not only exclusively a fashion brand. Often my designs are exhibited in art galleries or shown in performances. I love to think of myself as an independent designer who works in different media.

What does fashion mean in your understanding?

It‘s a way to express myself. It‘s about identity. Growing up in a german/arabic family was not easy for me. My creative side got pushed down my whole childhood and I am still struggling sometimes with the feeling of not being enough or being too much. My desire to work with fashion and art always kept me in between these worlds. Fashion should not only be aesthetically appealing and innovative. In my opinion it should also serve as a medium of communication to discuss current and relevant topics in society. Fashion is intertwined with culture, origins, history and zeitgeist.

Tell us a little about the brand. At what point did the idea of creating a brand come up?

There was no ‚exact‘ moment or point where it all started. I have been starting to exhibit and present my work in galleries, shows and competitions like the „European Fashion Award“ (FASH) already, during my studies at art school. In that time, I started presenting my work on social media, got an invite to a variety of events like fashion shoots, shows, performances, exhibitions and pop-up stores. I have been very grateful for these opportunities, but it has been a lot of work to be recognized with my brand.

I started using 3D scans, 3D printing and digital prints on my fabrics in my BA. I developed more digital printed jewellery and concepts for digital print on textile while working on exhibitions.

As a rule, a clothing brand is a large team that takes part in the creation of collections. How many people are in the brand team and what are the responsibilities of the chief designer?

You could say I am a 1-Person army creating my collections. I work on the designs, create prototypes, handcraft and digitalize, as well as producing the clothing. I have a huge passion for manipulating textile surfaces and since I moved to Bremen I also started casting my own jewellery.

Of course it takes a whole team to realize ideas and projects. I usually work with a video producer, digital artists, make up artists, dancers & performers. Participating in an exhibition also requires communicating with curators to finalize the vision of my brand.

How would you describe the brand’s style?

My idea is that collections should not appear just pleasing and wearable, rather sending the message to provoke. I have more of an artistic perspective on fashion. Whether I press „garbage“ onto jeans or let crystals grow on fabric, behind every artistic exploration in material, there is always a hidden social critical message. Personalized clothing as a specific and interdisciplinary art form and jewellery opens up the opportunity to celebrate everybody’s uniqueness.

Now many brands are for environmental friendliness and recycling. What materials does the KERIMA ELFAZA brand use? What principles do you adhere to when creating clothes?

I love digital printing, especially on silk, using foil and 3D prints. For the future I will no longer require digital prints produced in metered fabrics. I want to use screen printing and use bacteria that can grow the colours. Working with the Clo3D (a digital fashion programm) will increase sustainability by reducing the production of prototypes and it also allows an open discussion with customers online.

My 3D prints are made exclusively out of recycled polyamide. I am trying to develop more sustainable ways to produce 3D printed garments and accessories. Also I like the combination of the technology of 3D printing and traditional craftingship with aluminium and bronze.

Who is the KERIMA ELFAZA brand for? Can you describe its target audience?

It‘s not directly specifically designed for a certain stereotype or cliche that many big brands work with. My brand shows the diversity of people, no matter their size, age, ethnic background or gender identity. 

My latest collection, „SECOND_SCAN“ has a very personal reference for standing up for yourself, making your own change, no matter who you are or that you’re not fitting into any categories.

KERIMA ELFAZA  is a well-known brand in Bremen, Germany. Would you like the brand to exist on the world market in the future?

It‘s a big goal and a dream of mine to present my brand internationally. As an artist I am already present at several events, for example I will be participating at a fashion festival in the Netherlands this year. 

I am always researching new techniques to push my brand and level up.

How would you describe today’s fashion and what feelings does evoke in you? 

I see the same problems in fashion, as well as in the food industry. Who consumes should take responsibility. The consumer’s awareness is increasing, but at the same time the  textile waste is also piling up. The issues of the broader concept of diversity, gender equality, animal welfare and sustainability must continuously evolve. We are not at the end of our rope yet. Innovative ideas of young designers who are deeply concerned about the production chain of materials need to be further explored and developed. I am trying to deal with these issues in my work process.

My first collection „Is(s) mir Wurst“, like „eat sausage“ which means „I don‘t care“, and my second collection „Kopyright“ have been both clever, ironic, ambivalent puns to openly criticize mass consumption. The protection of intellectual property constitutes an imperative in the age of Instagram and TikTok, in order to be able to preserve artistic design in the fashion industry. „Kopyright“ combines an explicit cross reference to „fast fashion“, by challenging plagiarism of discount clothing stores. While „Is(s) mir Wurst“, denounces societies opulent and careless consumption of meat. As source of my inspiration served a native east german provincial butcher, whose meat products I literally scanned and subsequently printo onto the fabrics.

CHRISTINA KAPONGO „ORGANIC“

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ORGANIC

Photography & art direction: CHRISTINA KAPONGO @christinakapongo
Makeup & Hair: ESTRELLA ELORDUY @estrellaelorduy
Model: KADEEM  SAMUELl @de3m_
Model Agency: BENTŌ

MUSSA canaria Extra moisturising vegan body cream with natural coconut oil and coconut butter H&M hat; vegano hero all-purpuse  lip Cream

Lotus Radiance Dark Spot Treatment  help to reduce impurities in your face  GEMA GALDON HAT GALERRY.  CALVIN KLEIN’S  UNDERWEAR  Jeans DSQUERED2

Eternal Ink tintes veganos 100% y cruelty free Ink colors tatoo; 

DR.Andrew Weil for Origins Mega – mushroom relief & resilience soothing cream  SOMBRERERIA MIL hat

Old neck of cloth from KAPO’S  privacy Collection. Carton shoes horme

Interview with Victoria Rosenman

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Text: Irina Rusinovich

Interview with Victoria Rosenman

Art is an essential aspect of human life that has been around since ancient times. It is a form of expression that enables artists to capture emotions and ideas using different mediums. Today, we have had the chance to interview one of such artist, Victoria Rosenman, whose work has captured the attention of many collectors and art lovers over time. With a multidisciplinary approach to her art, she has managed to create pieces that demand attention and force the viewer to think beyond the surface. In this interview, we will have the privilege of stepping into her world, where we will learn the intricacies of her creative process, inspirations, and the motivations behind her work.

How did you come up with the title for the exhibition, and what does it mean to you?

„I will be on time“ – is a statement and revelation on my part. I like to refer to punctuality as my personal superpower, a quality that offers me illusionary security and order. As I wrote in my earlier texts, I manifest illusions – time, as a phenomenon, is also one of them for me. Moreover, there is a certain irony and uncertainty to the title because I do not say „where“ I will arrive on time. „What role does my destination play in relation to intangible time?“ – That is what I ask myself and at the same time I also have concerns about „my being on the road“.

Can you describe your working process, how do you start creating and, in particular, the choice of the medium?

Due to many events in the world and in my private life, I wanted to take another look at my fears and desires. I started a kind of self-study that took me back to my childhood to dismantle my current self-image in a good sense. So, I started to create images, write down texts and the appropriate final form became more and more visible.

I work in multimedia. And this time it was especially important to me to show my thoughts and convictions in the form of a text. Words that can be read directly, that are understandable, uncompromising. The texts can be seen as „Copper Announcements“. It is a series in which I record statements on copper. This material is one of the oldest and the first mirrors were made of it. I reflect myself with it. Of course, I continue to use photography as my familiar medium. Texts and photos are created over a longer period in different places.

Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work in the series?

I think they all work and interact together. I wanted to create a togetherness that gives visions. The works are very personal this time – it’s not about people and their feelings in general, as it used to be with my „Muses Project“, but directly about me and my family.

What/Who are your key influences for this series?

It is personal experiences, my father and the time that scares me.

How do you go about choosing the subjects and scenes for your art?

They are mostly intuitions. I don’t directly research the next possible exciting topic. I deal strictly with what interests me, regardless of whether it might be boring for others – this is the only way I feel free in my creative process.

So, it can be a dream in the night that I want to process in my art or a person or a thing suddenly inspires me to new concepts. Fortunately, I have many funny and absurd thoughts in my head and the settings and themes quickly find their aesthetic.

How has your practice evolved in recent years?

New materials were added, more objects, new themes and, of course, exciting places to work.

When can we see it life?

I and my gallerist Irina Rusinovich are very happy to welcome everyone to the opening of my solo show at the Hazegallery on 11 May. The Hazegallery & I have been working on this exhibition for a long time and are very excited to meet and have a nice evening with everyone who is interested. You are cordially invited!

‘TELO’ Readings & Exhibition by Viktor Jerofejew and Genia Chef

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‘TELO’ Readings & Exhibition by Viktor Jerofejew and Genia Chef

Opening:    Thursday, 26 May 2023, 7 – 9 pm
Duration:   26 – 03 June 2023
Location:    HAZEGALLERY, Bülowstrasse 11, 10783 Berlin

Renowned Duo, the writer Viktor Jerofejew and the artist Genia Chef, present a subversive exhibition on the theme of the Body: “TELO”

Berlin, HAZE GALLERY – The upcoming exhibition on the theme of “TELO” is set to be a grand celebration of the human form. This revolutionary exhibition, hosted at the renowned HAZE GALLERY promises to present a unique and immersive experience that blends the written word with visual arts, showcasing the artistic prowess of two great minds – Viktor Jerofejew, a bestselling author, and Genia Chef, an acclaimed painter.
The exhibition is inspired by the recently published book, „The Body,“ (Viktor Jerofejew) which delves deep into the human existence and explores the nuances of the human experience. The writer and the artist through their respective mediums, bring to life the beauty, complexity, and fragility of the human form in a way that is both thought-provoking and visually stunning.
“It seems to me that Genia and I are at the point now where we, as free and excited people about this subject, can say that we are bringing this topic up” said Viktor Jerofejew, “we may be bringing this up for the first time since the Greeks.”
Genia Chef, the celebrated painter, added: “We want to express something meaningful in human life, history or aesthetics, and TELO already dictates by itself what the artist will depict. It says, „I am the subject of your image, and then do what you want.“
The exhibition, scheduled to open on May 26th, will feature over 30 exquisite paintings and quotes from the book, including live readings. Both of the artists will be present.

The exhibition promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience that engages all of the senses and inspires visitors to think without established restrictions about the human form. With a unique combination of prose and visual arts, Viktor Jerofejew and Genia Chef challenge traditional notions of the human form and invite visitors to see it in a whole new light.

About the gallery: HAZE GALLERY was founded in 2019 with the mission of sharing Berlin’s  contemporary art scene with the world through exhibitions, pop-up shows, and art gatherings. More information: www.haze.gallery 
Opening hours: Mo – Fri, 11 am –3 pm, Sat, 1–4 pm

Noa Lesche „Between Dreams“

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Between Dreams

Accessory Designer: Dopl World @dopl.world
Model: Tyson Elizabeth Pope @misfit model management @tysonelizabethhh
Photographer: Noa Lesche @skytwylite

Look 1 Bella Top; Marionette Necklace; Marquis Skirt; Look 2 Magdalene Necklace; Muse Corset; The shorts were off Amazon

Look 1 Bella Top; Marionette Necklace; Marquis Skirt; Look 2 Magdalene Necklace; Muse Corset; The shorts were off Amazon

Look 1 Bella Top; Marionette Necklace; Marquis Skirt; Look 2 Magdalene Necklace; Muse Corset; The shorts were off Amazon

Look 1 Bella Top; Marionette Necklace; Marquis Skirt; Look 2 Magdalene Necklace; Muse Corset; The shorts were off Amazon

Look 1 Bella Top; Marionette Necklace; Marquis Skirt; Look 2 Magdalene Necklace; Muse Corset; The shorts were off Amazon

CALL FOR ABSTRACT ART

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CALL FOR ABSTRACT ART

We are excited to invite talented painters to participate in our upcoming 3D exhibition featuring abstract art paintings.

We welcome artists from all backgrounds, cultures, and styles to submit their work.

We are seeking original and innovative abstract paintings that break away from traditional, representational forms. The artwork must showcase creativity, technique, and a deep understanding of abstract art. It must convey a sense of movement, emotion and energy to engage the viewer.

We encourage the use of bold and vibrant colors, textures and contrast to create a unique experience for the audience. The artwork should reflect the artist’s individuality, be expressive, and convey a personal message.

All submissions will be reviewed by our experienced and skilled art professionals, who will select the best work to be displayed in our 3D exhibition.

Submission Requirements:

• Artwork must be original and abstract.
• Paintings should be created on canvas, wood, or any other suitable material.

Submissions must be received by 05.05 and artists will be notified about acceptance by 07.05 The selected pieces will be displayed in our 3D exhibition for a period of 2 weeks!

Take this opportunity to showcase your talent and share your unique perspective on abstract art. We look forward to seeing your creative work and providing a platform to exhibit it.

for more information visit Haze Gallery’s website

‘I’ll get there on time.’ Solo Exhibition by Victoria Rosenman

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‘I’ll get there on time.’ Solo Exhibition by Victoria Rosenman

Opening:    Thursday, 11 May 2023, 7 – 9 pm
Duration:    11 – 20 May 2023
Location:    HAZEGALLERY, Bülowstrasse 11, 10783 Berlin

The title „I will arrive there on time“ suggests, not without irony, many possible significant destinations – The time plays here an essential role for the artist. One of the works (Requiem-box I) reveals the fact that the artist herself does not know exactly where her destination is / what it is, and yet dares to make a very self-righteous statement about her punctuality. Being punctual means having time under control, which can be very valuable, but also carries an uncompromising character. The artist rejects one of her other longings „to go along with time“ by manifesting a contradictory statement (CA No. 3) “ Time is not for saving“. Time is thereby devalued, and Victoria Rosenman sees it as an act of liberation from any determinant aspects in the creative process.
At the same time, the artist allows the viewer to share in her memories, for the sake of her own dismantling, which opens a better understanding of her personality. Being in the „now“ is one of the artist’s longings. To be more aware of the present and her own ego-understanding, VR reflects on her moments of the past: she shows key figures and objects that contribute to her current beliefs. Some of her thoughts and manifestos are handwritten on copper sheets and others are photographs of familiar figures and faces.

The exhibition could be seen as a section of the artist’s self-study, which is also a journey, with many destinations that she intends to reach on time, in her own way.

About the gallery: HAZE GALLERY was founded in 2019 with the mission of sharing Berlin’s  contemporary art scene with the world through exhibitions, pop-up shows, and art gatherings. More information: www.haze.gallery
Opening hours: Mo – Fri, 11 am –3 pm, + Sat, 1–4 pm

„STRANGE HOLIDAYS“ Collective Exhibition

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"STRANGE HOLIDAYS" Collective Exhibition

VERNISSAGE : THURSDAY, 27 APRIL  2023, 7 – 9 PM | Artists will be present
EXHIBITION DURATION: 27 APRIL  – 06 JUNE
LOCATION: HAZE GALLERY, Bulowstrasse 11, 10783 Berlin 

We’re all used to posting holiday photos on Instagram – bright, catchy, and filled with sunny smiles. Most of us associate the word ‚holiday‘ with something pleasant and relaxing. But is it always like that? Modern culture and cliché thinking dictate strict rules for our social media presence and, by obeying them, we create an illusory reality in which there is only the appearance of holidays and widespread success. Being unsuccessful, and unhappy is not accepted, uncomfortable for those around us, and destructive to the myth of a happy life cultivated by the consumer society.

In „Strange Holidays“, three authors – Irina Drozd, Ivan Plusch, and Dmitry Shorin – offer the viewer their own interpretations of what a holiday can look like outside of glossy, hollowed-out photographs. All three authors have their own unique and recognizable artistic language, but what they have in common is the love for combining hyper-realistic elements with surrealistic details, foreign creatures, and perspectives that would not be possible in real life. All the authors use bright colors, images, sharp and contrasting light, and shade in their works.

In Irina Drozd’s works, we see landscapes full of warm sunlight, and smiling characters, but a subtle sense of unease instantly permeates the viewer. Next to the blond children there are characters that shouldn’t be here – fantastic creatures and strange details, painted in great detail, are frighteningly realistic. The author works, as in many of his other picturesque canvases, with the theme of fears. Using metaphorical images and archetypes which, despite their strange and inexplicable essence, have a rather unambiguous perception of something sinister, Irena leaves space for the viewer to reflect on what they represent for him personally and what kind of nightmare a vacation on the beach can turn into.

Ivan Plusch as well as Irina turn to the theme of fear, but in his works it is more a fear that a holiday threatens to become eternal. The artist’s wish for a good holiday doesn’t inspire optimism and quite the contrary – it pours a wave of coldness over the viewer. The sultry sky and verdant palm trees dissolve beneath a surrealistic sky that drips with smudges reminiscent of corrosive, destructive acid and leaves nothing in its path. The allegorical image of the elements, to which we always long for when we go on holiday, is rediscovered in Ivan’s work. We are reminded that nature is not only beauty, mountains, sun and sea; it is also the most destructive force within the power of our existence.

Dmitry Shorin, unlike the other two artists, has less recourse to surrealist detail and works with the viewer’s attention through unexpected angles and perspective. In his canvases, the space in which the characters exist is distorted, subject to the author’s intention, and lives according to different laws than those we are accustomed to in real life. Dmitry’s paintings are also full of light and bright colour accents, which gives them a sense of liveliness, lightness and joyful mood, but not the kind we are used to seeing in social networks, but an ironic, prickly and thought-provoking one.

Interview with the designer of the brand „des FILLES désir“, Adrian Stoica

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Text: Lyubov Melnickowa

Interview with the designer of the brand "des FILLES désir", Adrian Stoica
Thank you for taking time for an interview with us! Before asking questions about the brand, I would like to learn more about the designer and founder of the brand des FILLES désir.

Thank you for having me!

Tell me a little bit about yourself. How did your creative path begin and why did you decide to become a fashion designer?

From a young age I was mostly attracted to creative things. My father was a musician and my mother used to make her own garments. In 1990‘s Romania there wasn’t much to choose from. She also used to watch fashion shows but I wasn’t interested in those. I somehow was fascinated with the process of making clothes and seeing the result being uplifting to her.

What does fashion mean in your understanding?

For me this term hasn’t much meaning left, since it’s been used excessively in mass media. I’m mostly interested in personal style and the way people choose and why they choose to look a certain way. Unfortunately there’s much less individual choice and personal curation involved in the way people dress than you might expect in this day and age.

Tell us a little about the brand. At what point did the idea of creating a brand come up?

There wasn’t too much to choose from. After graduating and working some time in the industry, I realized that the only way to do something exciting was to do it on my own. Corporations in the fashion industry don’t even design anymore. They’re more and more reliant on data analysts, maximising numbers and less on innovative and interesting design.

As a rule, a clothing brand is a large team that takes part in the creation of collections. How many people are in the brand team and what are the responsibilities of the chief designer?

Like most independent designers I started on my own. It’s working around the clock to do research, design, pattern cutting, sewing prototypes, creating marketing materials, doing production, some PR, accounting and much more. With limited resources it’s a difficult process but seeing even the slightest success is very rewarding.
I was quite fortunate to have my partner Markus and my mother on my side for moral and professional support.

How would you describe the brand’s style?

A close friend of mine used to say I do a kind of “complex minimalism”. Certainly I like to experiment with shape, volume and texture to create new and exciting garments. Although I feel close in my ethos to the Japanese and Belgian Avantgarde, I don’t like to use this term since it’s become rather constricting aesthetically.

Now many brands are for environmental friendliness and recycling. What materials does the des FILLES désir brand use? What principles do you adhere to when creating clothes?

Preferably I work with high quality yet overlooked fabrics that allow me to create sculptural garments. I also consider how fabrics might feel on the skin or how durable they are. They’re mostly from Italian manufacturers or small and specialized stores. Being a small label and working mostly made-to-order, I think the environmental impact in our case is minimal. While I consider this debate to be important, it also allows for a lot of greenwashing. As the demand for fair and ecologically produced garments grows, it will become increasingly easy to integrate these in future garments. 

The design process starts with an abstract theme or some kind of observation that I try to translate into techniques or shapes before moving on to make the actual garment. I like to challenge myself to find new ways to create garments that you wouldn‘t find anywhere else.

Who is the des FILLES désir brand for? Can you describe its target audience?

I would like to see anyone trying on des FILLES désir and integrating the pieces in their daily lives. However the designs mostly attract creative people who like to experiment with new things and who are not afraid to be noticed for their bold choices.

des FILLES désir is a well-known brand in Berlin. Would you like the brand to exist on the world market in the future?

There’s still quite some work to be done to reach more people. But I’m confident that this can only be achieved by a slow and steady growth.

How would you describe today’s fashion and what feelings does it evoke in you?

Fashion as a broader phenomenon in the West has lost its luster in the last two decades. At least when we compare its current state to its rich history one might come to the conclusion that fashion has lost its meaning.
However there are still bubbles of interested people gravitating certain styles and designers that aren’t happy with today’s conformity. For me it’s still uplifting to see groundbreaking designs from fresh labels that have to fight to get heard and also to see people who have a strong personal style and who care about expressing themselves.