Tuesday, April 20, 2021

MTMBO

Photo Courtesy Of MTMBO 

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I'm at my home in London. I've moved around south London a bit but this is the longest I've been in one place.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
Born in Sussex, brought up in Zambia before moving back to the UK.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
When I travel the first thing I usually miss about London is the mix of cultures that co-exist here.

WHAT'S SOME YOUR FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES?
I spent a lot of time in cars growing up. We would travel a lot as a family so it would be any one of those trips, sitting in the back of a car watching the world go by. There was never a dull or uninteresting moment to me. I don't drive but I enjoy being driven around now, probably because it reminds me of my youth.

WHY MUSIC AND HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
Music was the one thing I always took a more than casual interest in, I'm not sure why it moved me so much. I wanted to know who made songs I enjoyed, I wanted to know the stories behind songs and then eventually I was so consumed by it all I just wanted was to be part of the narrative. I remember putting instrumentals onto a CD player, taking it to school and sat next to a friend who complained there were no lyrics on the songs. That's the first time I realised that not everyone consumed music the way I did. I spent a long time trying other things in my teens and early twenties but when I returned to music, I just began by making songs on my laptop and uploading them to Soundcloud.

WHAT'S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
It changes often but some things are constant. For example I usually don't know what I'm going to write about when creating a piece of music until I'm in the moment. The meaning I attach to songs through lyrics is never premeditated. I do give a lot of thought to composition, sounds and the structure of a piece of music beforehand though. I also limit myself to a handful of instruments in my studio. I work better without this feeling of having an infinite amount of possibilities with which to execute the vision.
 
IS THERE A MUSICAL PASSAGE OR MELODY THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU?
"Time" by Hans Zimmer comes to mind, that's quite something. One of those pieces of music I wish I could hear for the first time again.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
I'm not too sure. I think everyone I meet plays a part in shaping who I am. The same goes for the things I take an interest in, the places I travel to, the moments I experience. It's difficult to give anyone or any particular thing or moment credit for that. It's a constant process and all I can say to that is I feel a very intimate connection to many things that influence my art and how I am as a person every day.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC AND HOW HAS IT EVOLVED OVER TIME?
I've always appreciated attention to detail. I like being able to unpick the thought that went into the creation of things. If I can feel a strong intention behind something, I usually connect to that and a desire to make that thing a part of myself starts there. That hasn't really changed much. Things I bought when I was 17 had this quality to them, even if I don't own them anymore.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
Right now my favourite thing to do is to walk or read in the woods.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I've been working on fixing an old bike and a friend of mine has put me onto making jewelry. I find anything that involves using my hands and a lot of concentration very relaxing.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Music

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

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Mood

Image Courtesy Of Ebony Anderberg