first post for-the hopefully awesome- 2012 & i’m coming with an interview i’m really excited about: jantine van peski is an emerging new talent, graduated from antwerp fashion academy [my personal favourite fyi] in 2011 & when i first saw her WIRES 10.0 collection’s designs all i wanted to ask was “how did she do that?”. and so i asked her!
jantine talked to me about the what’s & the how’s of her work & many more which you have to read all about it below:
_in 2011 you graduated from Antwerp Fashion Academy & your master degree with your collection “WIRES 10.0”, which is a really strong collection. what’s the concept behind it?
for this collection, i was strongly influenced by the textile sculptures from the 1970’s and specifically the macramé-technique. that was the starting point to construct pieces of clothing out of cord and yarn, straight from the body and using only one type of knot. the collection consists of 12 complex and labour intensive pieces, sometimes completely knotted and sometimes the macramé is integrated in the garments. my main focus is to find the daring symbiosis between the handcrafted pieces and the minimalistic, pure designs of the garments.
_for this collection you used a one-type-of-knot technique. how did you come up with that & what exactly is this technique?
i used this type of technique because it gave me the freedom to focus on the shapes and strutctures without being limited by the technique itself. you can compare it with handwriting, with only pen and ink you can write and draw all you want, you don’t need fonts or examples.
_you gained design experience working at Haider Ackermann & A.F. Vandevorst. Tell me about that.
both internships where a great experience. at A.F. Vandervorst i worked before i started at the Antwerp Academy, what inspired me a lot and made me decide to go in this direction. at Haider Ackermann i worked in the summer before i started my MA collection, which was a great learning proces to find the balance between artistic freedom and commercial translations. It helped me preparing my final year collection and made me think about life and work after graduation.
_was it easy breaking in the fashion industry?
i feel lucky to be one of the graduates of the Antwerp Academy and I gained a lot of attention with my collection, which makes me happy of course, but in professional perspective i feel that it is just a start within the safe environment of being a student, real life is just starting..
_you studied fashion both in The Netherlands & Belgium. what’s their fashion scenery like?
i don’t know exactly, every academy and every city has its own atmosphere and strength, i experienced big differences between the academies and the only thing i know is that in Antwerp i felt most at home. to me the Antwerp Academy is anonymous but very personal at the same time, which creates a nice environment to focus on your work.
_how difficult is it, making a collection wearable without limiting your creativity?
i think that’s something completely different for every designer, for me it’s not so difficult as i like to work close to the body, what makes it immediately more wearable. but I don’t think that way, naturally it finds its balance during the designing process.
_which are your favourite materials to work with?
leather, silk and all kinds of yarns and threats.
_what inspires you & what/who has influenced you so far?
music is one of my main inspiration sources. i never start from one idea, it is all about a mood, an emotion, and the result of those feelings in my work. listening to music bring those emotions which are hard to put into words. PJ Harvey is a great inspiration to me and her music always finds its way into my work.
_what do you want your label to be recognised for?
craftmanship, serene and unique.
_will you share with me any future plans?
right now i am working a few days a week for a design studio and meanwhile i am preparing a new project / collection, which I hopefully will launch next winter!