Friday, March 26, 2021

Ellen Mirojnick

Photo Courtesy Of Ellen Mirojnick

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I am in Los Angeles, and have lived here over 20 years.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born and raised in New York City.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
The weather.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES?
Going to see a musical on Broadway once a month, going to art school and visiting the Museum of Modern Art and the Met.

WHY COSTUME DESIGNER?
I love storytelling through character design.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?
I went to the High School of Music and Art, then the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design. I was thrown out of both Parsons and SVA after a year. 

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE INDUSTRY?
I went to visit my husband on a film set in New Orleans, they didn’t have a costume designer and was asked if I would be the costume designer (I was a fashion designer at the time), and jumped right into the deep water. 

HOW IS WORKING ON THE SET FOR A FILM DIFFERENT THAN WORKING ON A TELEVISION SERIES?
I do not work on a set. Wardrobe people work on the sets and there isn’t a difference. The only difference is the type of show. 

IS CREATING COSTUMES FOR PERIOD PIECES, OR FANTASY FILMS, MORE CHALLENGING THAN WORKING ON CONTEMPORARY PROJECTS?
All projects have there own challenges, no matter the genre.

WHAT LIBERTIES ARE YOU TAKING IN "BRIDGERTON" TO HELP BRING THE STORY AND CHARACTERS TO LIFE?
We created a fictional world of Regency London that was an aspirational vision,without a bonnet insight. We created a palette that was fresh, vibrant and bold, we created fabrics that would allow the silhouette to have a fluidity and add to a romantic fantasy. All and all we wanted our world to invite the audience to an alluring, sexy and FUN experience.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION?
The concept starts with the script. Understanding the text, and what the director is after. I then share my vision with the director, producers, cinematographer and production designer. Once we are all basically on the same page, I proceed to do a deep dive into research, that could include reading about the subject matter and all forms of imagery, soup to nuts. Once I have gathered all my research, I create what my vision of the project will be,via a look book, It will hold all the information we will need to create our world and characters. I always work from the overall vision into the character, not the reverse. Then the breakdown of  the characters happen, then design. I will work with an illustrator, meet with makers, fabric buyers and my team. Meet the with actors, evaluate what needs to be amended, if anything, and determine how all will be done.  I delegate responsibilities to my team. Once all designs are approved, we fabricate a toile for our first fitting. Many things can happen from that point forward , depending on how that fitting goes. If perfect, we work to complete.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
I took drawing and painting class with a visionary artist named Jack Potter. He taught me how to see.

IS MICHAEL DOUGLAS YOUR MUSE?
We have done great work together, however he is by no means my muse. 

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC?
 My motto is TO WALK IN BEAUTY. That applies to everything - fashion, design andbeautiful locations.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
 A combination of MZ Skin and Biologue Refleche. I love all their products . But truthfully, I'm a lotions and potions girl. I am always trying something new.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
I am in the midst of writing a story I've wanted to tell for years.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
At the beach and the ocean, it calms my soul.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

A Fresh Palette

Photo Courtesy Of Netflix

The characters in "Bridgerton" brought to life through Ellen Mironjick's design.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Roger Dupé

Photo Courtesy Of Roger Dupé

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I was based in Sweden five years ago. I have been living abroad most of my time, in New York during my modeling career. But now I'm back in Sweden, and live in Stockholm.

WHERE WERE YOUR BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I'm born and raised in Sweden, Västerås, a small town 50 minutes outside of Stockholm.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
Stockholm is beautiful during the summer, the sun stays up for so long, and people are so happy. It's a cool city with many things to see. from history to fashion and art. The sad part is that we have two to three months when it's popping. The rest of the year, it's quite cold and dark.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES?
I always played soccer when I was young, so that's was my passion. A lot of childhoods memories comes from that. Happy and sad moments when we won the league but also when we lost finals in bigger tournaments. My family were always out searching for me because I was out so late playing soccer in different neighbourhoods, when I was upset and not home in time and preparing for school.

WHY MODEL?
Modelling happened to me; I got scouted when I was shopping for some clothes with my friends in Stockholm. Soccer was my dream. But I'm happy for my journey and what modelling have broth to my life.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST EVER SHOOT?
Yes, I do, it was a test shoot with a photographer, and we were shooting some pictures in my clothes. It was hard at that moment, and I felt a bit uncomfortable at that time. I thought it was something that I would never do for such a long time and build my name on it.

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL "DAY IN THE LIFE OF" LOOK LIKE?
Starting my days around 7 am. Preparing myself for the gym after that I usually eat or make a smoothie or something while checking my emails. Depending on my schedule, if I have a shoot, meeting etc. but I always work with my skincare brand, Melyon.

WHEN AND WHY WAS MELYON FOUNDED?
Melyon was founded based on my personal story. I created Melyon to lift a minority, that is a majority globally, and showcase our values, that are inclusion and diversity, through a skincare line because I saw a lack of that. My mother always told me that it doesn't matter if you can't buy or provide yourself with the most expensive things, but you still need to take care of yourself and look proper. I think a lot of people can relate to that.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
My friends/family and people who became something from nothing. I like those kind of underdog stories. It inspires me a lot.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC?
Timeless, unique, mysterious and elegance.

WHAT BEAUTY AND HEALTH REGIMENS DO YOU SWEAR BY?
Work from the inside, and the outside will shine; and less is more. 

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
Training, travelling and hang out/cooking with my friends.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
By thinking positive and following my inner navigator.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Brits Do It Better

Photo Courtesy Of The Genius Who Took The Picture

Friday, January 22, 2021

Mood

Image Courtesy Of Ebony Anderberg

And more on Ebony later.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Shira Barzilay

Photo Courtesy Of Shira Barzilay

WHERE ARE YOUR RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
 I'm currently living in Tel Aviv. I’ve been here for the past 14 years.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born in Israel, but moved to South Africa for five years, then back to Israel, and then we relocated to the USA for another four years.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
Tel Aviv is warm, energetic and full of life. I love the people, and how relatively close everything is, since it’s not so big. It’s condensed with all people I love, and there’s the beach of course which is also great during wintertime. 

WHY ART?
I had to work my way up to become an artist. A lot of maturing to do. But now I’m proud to say it’s the thing that comes most natural to me and what I love doing the most. I love to create, and express myself. It has the capacity to relax and exhilarate at the same time. It’s therapeutic and transcendent to so many aspects in my life. I learn so much during the process. My background was in fashion design (studies at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design), particularly in fashion illustration. I was also the graphic editor for a fashion magazine for many years. That’s where my interest laid most. With time I started to notice my language expanded beyond the fashion dictionary, and I found myself exploring outward. I started my own business designing temporary tattoos and selling them on koketit.com. They were a smash hit and it gave me the motivation to continue with my crazy ideas. As my Instagram started to take off, I realized the power in art for the sake of art and I finally got the confidence to become an artist.

HOW DID YOU ACQUIRE THE SKILL?
I equate this a lot due to my Instagram. Creating posts on a daily basis really enforced my creative thought and helped me develop slowly but consistently toward being an artist with a strong set of skills. Being consistent is key and practicing your art is the only real way one can acquire their skill. There are NO SHORTCUTS. The process is the art itself. It’s the art of the practice and that practice that is the art. They go hand in hand. 

WHAT'S YOUR PREFERRED MEDIUM?
I enjoy creating digital art the most and lately I began exploring with VR art which is a brand new world I’m eager to learn as I feel it IS THE FUTURE.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION?
It depends on the project and medium I’m working on. I try to get a rhythm going by creating in sessions. It’s important because there is a process with creation that is similar to a physical workout. At first you have to warm up and once you get going, that’s when you really start the burn. The best ideas come to me when I’m deep in art session mode, listening to great music and just am lost in my own world. 

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
Inspiration is everywhere and is totally random. I always say it’s a mood and is conceived like a very intricate equation it’s hard to put your finger on it. Inspiration is illusive, amorphic. When all else fails, good music will always help me get in some kind of mood.

 WHAT MOMENT ARE YOU HAVING?
 Right now I’m in the middle of the Black Friday sale on my website. I really put a lot of time and effort making sure my art is accessible to everyone. Kokekit is a one woman show and I am in charge of it all so it can get hectic sometimes. But the multiple aspects of my business keep me sharp and curious and I’m thankful for that. It’s so stimulating. 

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
My influences are as wide and diverse as a mosaic tiles that help pave a road for me to walk on.

WHAT'S YOUR PERSONAL STYLE SENSE AND SENSIBILITY?
I love  a minimalist but warm aesthetic. My personal style is very casual, and since COVID I’ve been mainly wearing sweatpants. I’m a vegetarian, border vegan because I love animals so much. I’m always listening to music in the house. I love classical – especially Chopin - but also a lot of different styles. Lately I’ve been listening to Jungle, Limon Limon, Thievery corporation and Men I Trust. I love nature, especially the sea and try to go everyday. I work from home, my studio, office and living space are all together in one apt and I love it that way.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
I wash my face with soap every morning and then put on oil serum. I keep it simple. I’m also a huge advocate for Botox and light cosmetic treatments. They can go a long long way in a fairly inexpensive and non invasive procedures. Its amazing, really. 

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
I meditate every morning before I begin my day. It’s the best thing in the world. It’s like pushing the restart button and starting fresh and clean.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I’m obsessed with my new Oculus Quest VR Gaming Headset Besides drawing in VR, I’m flying, dancing and riding roller coasters. It’s insanely cool.

Koketit

Photo Courtesy Of Photo Courtesy Of Shira Barzilay

Art by Shira Barzilay.