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Black is not so Black by Jennifer Moica
Publié le 2017-02-280 Commentaires
 

JEN MM DSGN is a designer, a photographer, a styliste, a painter and …  
Basically I like to create so I do that what I feel is right to do and use for what I think is the right medium for the theme of the collection. I also like to illustrate. Concerning the painting, I haven’t had the time to do lately.



I was reading somewhere that your “favourite colours are: black, pastel black, faded black, washed out black, light black, dark black” or “black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me” (Yohji Yamamoto)
I like all colours and patterns but black is the colour I mostly think of when starting do sketch new Designs. I always do imagine them in total black at first.
Later further in the design process I might change depending on the theme I am inspired by and its colours I chose to use. But black lies most of the time at the beginning of my imageries and ideas. Black is where everything new ends and begins. It’s also the colour I usually wear most of the time, I have to admit. I don’t have a certain reason for it. It just developed with the time. With black you never go wrong. It’s chic casual and you’re always styled and look cool for every occasion. Black is a colour that holds itself back. Like an outsider, ist different from the others and I think in my opinion that’s what the quote meant, depending on the situation sometimes it conveys the feeling to want to be left alone. I like that it’s is mysterious, intriguing and curious and you never know what it’s meant with it. Like in art with some artworks like Rothko or other the observer can make up his own mind and create his own meaning and his view that is totally different from what the artist actually meant to intent with it.



Precisely, the key elements of your SS17 collection is black & red, the shadows, the blur, the tribal signs and graffiti; graffiti even on faces. I feel like you want to hide the models’ faces or in urban art culture faces doesn’t count?
Faces should always count. It shows our diversity and our character. Well, with the shadow part I tried to convey a feeling that I have had when being around cities that I never been or travelling alone exploring the places. Being around, in between and amongst the crammed streets of people where sometimes you barely can walk in the pace you wish, for me it felt like a tiny piece among a thousand of faces you don’t know, in that moment like a shadow in a way, unknown/anonymous by others. I wanted to capture that feeling in that instant and transmit it into my clothing. Of course, as explained before everyone can feel differently. This experience or feeling or how you want to call it, can be seen differently by others or not at all.
The tribal are to show that you are not alone and/or feeling in that way you do. It should be a sign of solidarity. The graffitis for instance show that there is always someone behind everything. If it’s a graffiti, a certain situation in life or any art form. You are what you do. I truly believe that you define yourself, not others. Do what you love, with passion otherwise there’s is no point.

Can I afford to consider you as an urban art/urban street designer or should I wait for you on other grounds and styles of mode? 
I wouldn’t consider myself an urban art or street designer at all. I just do what I love in that moment when I am designing and what suits best to the ideas. I would say to wait. For sure other styles will come up. I like to experiment and to play with patterns or materials I never did before. So who knows what I come up with next.

Your products range from womenswear to menswear, accessories …
I also do bags and clothes for both gender, which I call androgynous. Products that are wearable for both. Of course, normally there shouldn’t be a specific name for it because everyone is free to wear what he or she likes even if it’s not meant to be for both gender. But in this case, if I design and shoot a piece where a male and a female model are wearing the same piece, I describe it as an androgynous product. For this reason there is also that section or range, if you like, amongst my products.

How must feel a man or a woman in the JEN MM DSGN garment?
First of all he or she must feel himself/herself. Not awkward or anything, just feel confident in wearing the piece, and unique. Every single design is handmade and almost the majority of the products are one-off pieces. Once someone said, when wearing my designs, in that case it was a jacket, one can feel the difference and see oneself not in the usual outfits but different to other already worn clothes.



I was reading somewhere that everything is made by you, starting from the process of design, the idea to the pattern and final production …
For now I am the person behind everything beginning from the idea and inspiration to the shooting. Beginning with the sketches, the patterns, the toiles, fabric research to the end of the design process and the sewing of the actual pieces.
Then finally the photographs for the look book series and short clips. It’s hard doing all of it but it so much fun and seeing the final product set up is satisfying. In the end it’s worth doing it.



Are you preparing your new collection and which is the message behind this collection?
Momentarily I am preparing the shoot for the next collection and also working on the following one for next season. I don’t want to give too much away but briefly the message is to reach your goals, create your own future, cause it’s in your hands.



What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a stylist?
Well, I usually don’t give much advice. I only can repeat what I meant before, if you have passion for something and love doing it, do it. Otherwise there’s really no point in doing something you don’t believe in. Sometimes it is a long steep way, but what isn’t. With consistence and patience you’ll get there.



There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – a few lines from Leonard CohenMusic it’s just a momentary state of mind?
A beautiful pictorial imagery of the great Leonard Cohen. In my view I would interpret as in every dark moment that one can have, in every problem, in ones darkest dreams, when going through difficult times in life, when encountering a brick wall with nowhere to go, you’ll always find a light, a way, an exit or a solution and most importantly you’ll find hope. That’s how I would paraphrase it.
Music is not solely a momentary state of mind, maybe for the musician or the composer, in an instant something might inspire him which makes it fugitive in that same moment. I’m not an expert but I love music and I hope it’s understandable what I try to say. Music stays in your mind, everything else wanes. You never forget a sound, songs you’re really attached to. I think he tries to say that the instant creates the composition, the sound of every single song….. I believe. The same with Fashion. If you have a singular characteristic in your style, designs and the way or the message you want to convey to the people, your designs will never be forgotten, I am thinking of Dior, Chanel or Alexander McQueen. Going against the stream being different will keep you in the mind of the people forever. Going back to the question music in general goes through times and ages and will always remain and never be forgotten.

“How to hide your insanity”. An artist needs to hide who he really is?  
I believe anyone should have a little bit of insanity, to dare more in life and to make life more interesting, intriguing and not so boring, but in a good way, of course.
I think sometimes things can grow over your head when there’s too much going on in life that maybe a book called „How to hide your insanity“ could be a good read.



… and two words on your “Psycho Biker” 
The „Psycho Biker“ is called psycho because every piece of the shell of the biker jacket, made of black denim is completely quilted in different zigzag forms, diminishing in size and going in different directions. The whole jacket including sleeves , collar, front and back are finished in this way. The hairy fur-like fabric around the collar makes the piece seem a lot more unusual in contrast to a normal biker jacket. The name Psycho came about when working on the quilting. In the end the stitchings were a random result of coincidence and in the end the „Psycho Biker“ was created.


Paris - Wuppertal February, 28, 2017
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Jennifer Moica

designer

photographer

styliste

painter I was reading somewhere that your “favourite colours are: black

pastel black

faded black

washed out black

light black

dark black” or “black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me” (Yohji Yamamoto) I like all colours and patterns but black is the colour I mostly think of when starting do sketch new Designs. I always do imagine them in total black at first. Later further in the design process I might change depending on the theme I am inspired by and its colours I chose to use. But black lies most of the time at the beginning of my imageries and ideas. Black is where everything new ends and begins. It’s also the colour I usually wear most of the time

I have to admit. I don’t have a certain reason for it. It just developed with the time. With black you never go wrong. It’s chic casual and you’re always styled and look cool for every occasion. Black is a colour that holds itself back. Like an outsider

ist different from the others and I think in my opinion that’s what the quote meant

depending on the situation sometimes it conveys the feeling to want to be left alone. I like that it’s is mysterious

intriguing and curious and you never know what it’s meant with it. Like in art with some artworks like Rothko or other the observer can make up his own mind and create his own meaning and his view that is totally different from what the artist actually meant to intent with it.

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Jennifer Moica, designer, photographer, styliste, painter I was reading somewhere that your “favourite colours are: black, pastel black, faded black, washed out black, light black, dark black” or “black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me” (Yohji Yamamoto) I like all colours and patterns but black is the colour I mostly think of when starting do sketch new Designs. I always do imagine them in total black at first. Later further in the design process I might change depending on the theme I am inspired by and its colours I chose to use. But black lies most of the time at the beginning of my imageries and ideas. Black is where everything new ends and begins. It’s also the colour I usually wear most of the time, I have to admit. I don’t have a certain reason for it. It just developed with the time. With black you never go wrong. It’s chic casual and you’re always styled and look cool for every occasion. Black is a colour that holds itself back. Like an outsider, ist different from the others and I think in my opinion that’s what the quote meant, depending on the situation sometimes it conveys the feeling to want to be left alone. I like that it’s is mysterious, intriguing and curious and you never know what it’s meant with it. Like in art with some artworks like Rothko or other the observer can make up his own mind and create his own meaning and his view that is totally different from what the artist actually meant to intent with it.,Marketplace, créateurs indépendants, artisanat de luxe, prêt-à-porter femme, homme, d'objets d'art, de décoration, et d'articles de beauté

Jennifer Moica, designer, photographer, styliste, painter JEN MM DSGN is a designer, a photographer, a styliste, a painter and … Basically I like to create so I do that what I feel is right to do and use for what I think is the right medium for the theme of the collection

I also like to illustrate

Concerning the painting, I haven’t had the time to do lately

Bright & Bent est un concept store dédié à la promotion et la commercialisation de créations d'artistes authentiques de mode et décoration intérieure

Jennifer Moica, designer, photographer, styliste, painter JEN MM DSGN is a designer, a photographer, a styliste, a painter and … Basically I like to create so I do that what I feel is right to do and use for what I think is the right medium for the theme of the collection. I also like to illustrate. Concerning the painting, I haven’t had the time to do lately. Bright & Bent est un concept store dédié à la promotion et la commercialisation de créations d'artistes authentiques de mode et décoration intérieure