Gallerie enfants terribles: Soosh

With each new issue of our magazine we feature three handpicked artists in our magazine as well as in our banner space gallery here on the website. Our second featured artist for the Art is Everything. Play is More issue is the beautiful work of Ukranian illustrator Soosh.

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ABOUT SOOSH
Soosh. 
37. Illustrator. Lives with her son in Vilnius, Lithuania. Originally from Nikolaev in Ukraine.

WORK
Tell us your story? 

"I am someone who has just recently opened my eyes, looked around, looked at myself and started thinking and figuring out who am I and what I am doing here, what is my purpose and if there is any. I would call this period of my life "awakening". I reflect a lot, observe and try to participate occasionally in life that is happening around me. I think and re-think many things and ideas and try to understand which of those I truly agree with and which of those are complete strangers to me."

"I was born in the country which doesn't exist any more, I was taught to believe things which proved to be false later, the "god" I was made to believe in is now taking his rest in Mausoleum, on a Red Square, in Moscow. Since that great empire fell apart (I was 12 years old at that time) I felt kind of freedom from all forms of countries and patriotism ideas are very far from me. I know I am a descendent of Slavic and gypsies and this is those roots I accept and go from there. So who I am I really have little idea at the moment, I can say I am mother, woman, artist but this is not enough to really say who I am. I am someone in search of myself."

"I draw. I draw my hopes, fears, happy and sad moments and take great inspiration in my son and people around who inspire me. "

What makes you very happy?
"Simple things, trifles - autumn leaves, and to go downstairs to get some coconut pie in a little bakery.. and to walk slowly under a drizzly rain, knowing that my son is having good time with his friends at the moment. I feel happy when I read interesting book, when I speak with people whom I love and time with whom I cherish. I am feeling happy when I buy new dress or if someone else is willingly suggest to wash the dishes instead of me! I feel happy when I smell fresh bread and when in the evening my kid comes to cuddle by me and slowly falling asleep with his head resting on my shoulder. I feel happy visiting flea markets. And sprouts of the plants which were about to die come to life - I feel quiet happiness."

What are your future ambitons professionally?
"I have no professional ambitions whatsoever. I am truly happy when people enjoy what I am doing, characters and emotions I am drawing. I hope to publish a book and maybe something else like that, but I cannot really think of big ambitions I would have.. I think of the things I would like to improve in future is my drawing skill and I always hope and pray for inspiration."

ART
3 words that capture the very essence of your artwork?
Tear. Smile. True.
3 most important things to you when creating?
Daylight. Free time. Music/audio book.  
3 best sources of inspiration?
My son. Passers by. My own feelings.

ART IS EVERYTHING PLAY IS MORE
What springs to mind when you hear the title of the new issue  ART IS EVERYTHING PLAY IS MORE?
"Children. When I hear this saying, to my mind spring children who see art in everything and create art every minute."

According to you, what is art?
"To me art is a dream of soul, flat of fairy's wings, which takes audial or visual form."

Are art and play related?
"Of course! I believe that you can be a very talented artist, with great and polished academic skills, but if there is no playfulness in your heart, and if you take things, including art, too seriously, your art will be dry and dead (at least to me)."

Do you play when you create?
"Always. I actually don't divide those two actions - when I sit down to draw, I never do it with this serious, kind of heavy "i am working here!" feeling and attitude. I have cookies, tea, nice music, kiddo comes on and off asking me thousand of questions or telling me his never-ending stories.. and I like to start a humming-top when I am drawing, its spinning brings happiness to my heart."

Why do we have art?
"I think we do art because we have no choice. What we call "art" is a part of us and also because there is no other way to express who we are and how we see this world."

What does art do to you?
"It makes me happy. It makes me sad. It makes me understand people better and feel not that alien from all the others."

Do we need art? Is it important?
"As I said before, I don't think we have a choice whether create or not - it is a part of us and it will always be there. Art is like breathing - whatever you do with pleasure, whatever makes you smile, whatever brings happiness and joy to your life - this is art to me. You cook with pleasure, you draw with pleasure, you plant your garden with pleasure, you knit, raise children, write a letter to a friend... if you enjoy it - it is art and you are a true artist (in my eyes at least)."

Do we need play? is it important?
"Play just like art is very important in our lives, i believe so, yes. And it is also our best way to spend the time and the most amazing gift life gave us."

 

What happens if we don't have art?
"Well.. if one day i wake up and see that we don't have art, I will check my pulse.. I don't think I will have one. :) I believe that art our breathing, when we have no art, we are no more."

Can you play with art?
"Yes! You can play with art, for art, round art and inside the art! If it is fun and comes from the heart, it is art I love and admire."

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LINKS
Web: vskafandre.com
IG: @vskafandre

 

The Artist's Way: Lulaland

It's a pleasure to share with you snippets of a conversation about art, influences, and the creative life that I recently had with my friend Lula Aldunate, the creative director of the Lulaland childrenswear label. Enjoy!

Who's your art crush—and has it changed over time?

At a young age (and through my grandmother’s painting books) I discovered Impressionism. Then in college I learned about Art Nouveau and fell in love! I’ve always been a lover of Gustave Klimt (Iand his colorful and magical darkness) and my current crush is Colombian mixed media artist Maria Berrio. Although I live my life more and more “lightly” (moving towards my own minimalism), visually I still am a maximalist!

What sparked your personal creativity—was there a person or mentor in your life,  a notable childhood experience that set you on a path of artistic pursuit?

I feel I’ve been always very creative. Since I was very little I drew, wrote and painted (as many kids do) and remember that it was important in my life as a way to express myself. But I kind of “lost touch” with it in my 20’s when I thought it was more like a hobby and I went to marketing school. After moving around the world a couple times (I’m from Argentina and lived in Italy and Spain before coming to NY), I changed careers a couple times, and shaken in my professional path, I reconnected with my artistic side and put it in a more important place in my life. I decided to do something more creative for a living, and the stars aligned, bringing me to where I am today—connecting all the dots that I can see clearly now! My two grandmothers have had a big influence in many things in my life—both were very creative in different ways. My mother’s mother was a painter and a lover of sewing; she made her children's and her grandchildren’s wardrobes! My dad’s mother was a magnificent knitter and I learnt it from her! Both of them encouraged me, with their love and dedication, to follow my artistic instincts.

Tell me about your own creative process when designing a collection or any other kind of creative endeavor?

My creative process is very organic, so it is difficult to put it into steps. Anything can inspire me— an image, a color, a fabric, a room, music or even a smell. I’ve been an interior and still life stylist, a visual merchandiser, and a party stylist before creating my clothing brand. In all my projects the process was always the same: I let myself go and naturally flow in my selection of objects, textures, colors and I don’t plan it or question it, I just flow. It took me a while to realize that that was it, and to understand that that was MY way, and to trust and believe in it, but at the end of that “process" everything clicks and works together perfectly (to me) creating something that I was not planning but that makes “total sense" in my aesthetic world, making me feel very “complete” and happy. I feel something bigger channels me, and I’m the interpreter of that energy, and through “Lula", it comes to life!

What is the role of the community in the life of a creative person? 

As I grow older I realize how much we all need a community. We are all connected, and with others we can learn to be better people and grow stronger. We can give to others and learn from them. Constantly finding our own path we can be encouraged or inspired to be our authentic selves when surrounded by a healthy and loving community, leading to be the creative beings that we all are.  I’m also a believer and advocate of groups of women, I believe we need each other’s energy and empowerment to blossom in this amazing world that has been defined by patriarchal thinking!

Thank you Lula for inviting me to your Brooklyn studio! Keep up with Lulaland on Instagram @lulalandatelier All images are from the Lulaland AW16 lookbook shot by Stylish and Hip Kids.

 

 



 

 

 

Airfish: Runway-Inspired Childrenswear

Joo Hee and Joo Hyun Park, the NYC-Seoul-Vancouver based sisters behind Airfish have accomplished a spectacular feat: recreating the most covetable womenswear trends into easy and comfortable silhouettes for children. The result? You'd be hard-pressed to find another line that even approaches the bar for style and elegance that Airfish has set for children's fashion enthusiasts worldwide.

'Oh my God, I want that for ME' is the common refrain of many a mother trying to select which Airfish piece to inject a dose of high fashion into their daughter's wardrobe. Highly collectible, Airfish releases a limited-edition monthly capsule, with the exception of the months of January and August. 

The 'Brooklyn' collection—gorgeously shot by photographer Jose Carlier—continues to elaborate on Airfish's masterful use of ruffles, asymmetrical hemlines, and oversized and bell sleeves.  For fans of womenswear designers like ElleryRosie Assoulin, and Christian Siriano, this collection is for you—well, for your daughter anyway.

In fact, be warned: when Cricket wore her Knotting Hill jumpsuit (from the debut capsule Hello) perfect strangers would gush and then ask, 'Where's yours, mama?'. Lesson: don't be seen in public with your kid in Airfish while you're wearing athleisure!  

Airfish is available worldwide at www.airfish.co and at select retailers.