Last week, the lovely people over at Underlining Colours emailed me. Of course i was glad on two levels; one because i love emails in general and the other because i discovered a whole new source of inspiration. The site, run by London Art students covers areas of Fashion, Art and Graphics, which results in quarterly updates of 'projects'. These cover work from students and established designers and artists. The team choose a 'muse' each quarter to base the issue on, whether it be an artist, fashion designer, or photographer, making it ever easier to discover the future stars of the industry, and for young designers to showcase their work.
Since discovering the website, i have fallen in love with its inspiring images and photos, aswell as its young 'vibe' and layout. In this episode, the 'Power' Issue, which covers the idea of girl power and fashion, there is some marvelous work from Photographer and Stylist 'Nick Heikkenin', in which my darling House Of Holland Wedges are featured; some beautiful graphics from the lovely Pok U Chan, and some stunning architectual photography from Daniele Longo. I decided to ask Pok U Chan and Nick Heikkinen, two of the contributors a bit more about what Underlining Colours is about...
First of all, talk me through exactly what Underlining Colours is.
Underlining Colours is an online magazine/gallery which was started by agroup of artists, all graduates from University of Arts London (CentralSaint Martins and LCF). Because of the interdisciplinary background of theartists - the works on the website are of a diverse range of media –photography, fashion, graphics and animation. It’s a bit like Andy Warhol’s Factory except that we don’t really work underneath the same roof and we are London based and we have that London edge on our website. We update the site quarterly and the starting point for each issue is the muse.
HAVE FUN when doing it. All the people contributing to the site are so amazingly talented so have to say: name and fame for everybody! (laughing)
How do you think the fact that you are graduates helps put a differentspin to the site?
Well Pok U Chan is a very recent graduate - last summer, all the rest graduated a year before her or so. Think it’s just different kind of energy and approach. We have a fresh look on things, and we are always living on the pulse. We understand how hard it is to get your first break in the industry and many of the contributors to the website have just started establishing themselves and being self funded and all that puts you out of your comfort zone.
Aswell as Fashion, you include art and illustration to your website. What are your views on the connections between art and fashion?Like many of fashion designers, fashion photographers, stylists etc we definitely get inspired by different artists from different eras as well when doing the fashionshoots. For the upcoming menswear issue (out early March) we were inspired by Titian and Botticelli and the colours in Miami. In general for us it’s extremely important that different forms of art get shown on the website alongside with fashion.
Finally, What sort of person do you look for when choosing your 'muses' for the issues?
It can be something unusual about this person that makes him/her beautiful, likes scars can be beautiful and define you. It’s also thefeeling around that person, kind of aura I guess. Many of our muses tellus very personal stories how they have got through hardships in their lives or how they are coming into terms who they are and that inspire us.When we first started the whole website we were inspired by Diane Arbusand Nobuyoshi Araki and how they worked with their muses. For the upcoming issue we chose four different guys and a couple of them are probably a bit different what you’d normally expect to see on the website, but then again, we don’t want to be predictable.:)