May 13, 2013

Ten Questions with Melissa Ferreira

For this instalment in our Ten Questions series, we meet Melissa Ferreira: Adhesif Clothing designer and Vancouver localite.

When did you start your art practice?

My mom is a seamstress. She worked in garment factories throughout my
whole childhood. On top of that, she was always doing alterations for
friends and family at the kitchen table.

I learned how to sew from her and taught myself the technical design
process. I've been the creative type since I could walk and have
experimented with all kinds of design techniques. I became a vintage
clothing buyer outside of high school and that really got the wheels
turning for Adhesif Clothing which was conceptualized in 2003.

What is your creative process like? Where do you draw your inspiration

There is a method to the madness. Many people have told me I have an
"eye" for color, print and pattern matching.
The process of working with reclaimed and vintage materials is a true art
form. How to make sense out of a giant mound of this and that, takes
constant problem solving and a keen eye as well as attention to detail.
Much of my inspiration comes from vintage clothing designs from the 1960's
and before but a lot of it also comes from people watching. I love the
confidence that comes with individualistic style and people who create
trends as apposed to following them.

How has your art practice evolved over the years?

It's very interesting to see how my technical ability in drafting
patterns and designing, in general, has really developed from when I
started Adhesif Clothing years over a decade ago.
Being a fashion designer presents a constant challenge in the learning
curve. I'm always learning new techniques and ways to create a better fit
in the garments designed and in the construction process.

Describe what you make. 

 I create garments made with up to 95% reclaimed and vintage materials,
notions and details. That includes anything from cotton twill, silk,
denim, wool sweaters, scarves, discarded yardage, vintage buttons and
zippers etc..
Every garment design is original, no 2 garments are identical. Every piece
is lovingly handmade in Vancouver, BC.

How many years have you participated in SFM?

This will be my third year with SFM and I am so thrilled to be apart of
such an amazingly talented group of artists!

What's new for this year's SFM?

Every spring-summer and fall-winter season I create a new collection.
This year there will be a new and exciting designs as well as some of
signature knitwear items.

What's your favourite part about the SFM show?

Ooooh...too many things to mention!
First off I absolutely love the fact that SFM is organized and run by the
designers and artists who also show and sell their work there.
I always refer to this show as one of the absolute best holiday markets of
the year without the consumerism craziness that's associated with
Christmas markets.

I also LOVE the intimate vibe and the diverse and high quality pieces,
that can be found by what I feel are some BC's best artisans.

Who are your favourite artists?

I love Denise Wilson's work from Patina and Bronsino (Vancouver) as well as Cokluch, Little Houses and Eve Gravel (all from Montreal)
What are you listening to in the studio?

Just like the designs I create, I also have pretty eclectic taste in
music as well.
I listen to jazz, blues, swing, 60's rock and french pop, folk, old country,
world beats, funk...basically what ever moves me.

What other creative outlets do you enjoy?

Oooooh boy...well before I became a full time artist I used to do film
photography, creative writing and painting.
When I get around to it I also like dying fabrics and silk screening.

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May 1, 2013

Ten Questions with Janna Hurtzig

As 2013 marks 10 years of SFM, we have decided to ask our artists ten questions so you can get to know them a little better. 

This first instalment we meet Janna Hurtzig: Astrosatchel and Winterluxe designer, Shiny Fuzzy Muddy founding member, Vancouverite and vegan. 

When did you start your art practice?

I started Astrosatchel in 1998, and officially launched my Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere line in 2009.

What is your creative process like? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

At the moment, as I am working mostly with recycled cashmere, a lot of inspiration comes from the thrifting process: seeing what's available and figuring out what to do with it all. I'm drawn more and more to tonal colour palates right now, which is very different from my Astrosatchel line, which is known for it's bright and bold contrasting colours. I suppose my design aesthetic has matured a bit over the years, and my Winterluxe line let's me approach colour in a different way, as the colours I can choose from are constantly changing depending on what sweaters I find. 

As far as the starting point for all my work, I consider our weather and lifestyle on the West Coast quite a bit: I try to create practical items that function in the forest and the city, but don't have a 'technical' look to them, and the manufacture needs to be top notch. I've been interested recently in creating patterns in the cashmere, so I have been working on some tile-type graphic patterns, which lend themselves nicely to cushions and blankets... So we can expect to see those at SFM this year.

How has your art practice evolved over the years?

Originally I made bags and wallets only, but I added the recycled cashmere component slowly over time. As there was confusion (my bags are all Vegan and made with new materials, while the cashmere I use  is a recycled animal sourced material) so I decided to split the line. Now I am focusing more on Winterluxe as Astrosatchel has an established customer base and doesn't need as much nurturing right now.

Describe what you make.

This year, I will have lots of cashmere hats, mittens, scarves, cowls, arm warmers, and new cushion covers, as well as my bags and wallets that everyone knows and loves.

How many years have you participated in SFM?

I joined SFM in the early days, so this is probably my 11th show. I love how we have grown as a show over the years, and I'm proud to have contributed to our success as a show and a group.

What's new for this year's SFM?

This year I will have more styles of mittens and arm warmers, new cowl scarves and new styles of home decor cushions, all in recycled cashmere.

What's your favourite thing about the SFM show? 

I think the best part of the show for me is the people: the artist line up is top notch but everyone is really great on a personal level. The show never feels competitive, and it always has a happy, fun vibe. I think that carries over to our customers too: people who shop at the show love supporting us and meeting the artists. I've made so many connections and friendships, both on a personal and business level over the years, with fellow artists and customers. I always look forward to seeing everyone, that makes the show for me.

Who are your favourite artists?

My taste in art has turned more and more geometric, abstract  and colour based, so I love the work of Vancouver locals Melissa Wong, Andy Dixon and Hugh Kearney. 

What are you listening to in the studio?

I listen to lots of music while I'm working, but lately it's been Foxygen, Wampire, Generationals, King Tuff.... My musical preferences definitely change with seasons, but since it's spring I'm enjoying something light and happy and a little bit retro. I really enjoy seeing bands live as well, so I go to  a lot of shows.

What other creative outlets do you enjoy? 

I enjoy cooking a lot, which is good because I'm vegan. I also really enjoy taking photos and posting them on Instagram.... I really love that I can share my day to day life in an artistic way.

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