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每個愛美的女士心中,都有一條夢寐以求的裙子。也許妳曾經在某個享負盛名的時裝表演,又或者某本時裝雜誌中遇上心儀的「它」,但價值連城的裙子又豈會是一般人的囊中之物?來自亞美尼亞的時尚插畫家Edgar Artis利用日常生活的物件、食物,與及城市景觀,為他筆下的女模特兒設計出瑰麗奪目的裙子,演繹另類的時尚美態。

藝術家的征途並不易走,然而Edgar Artis即使面對重重難關,仍以一顆堅持的心走下去。那年十九,他懷着雄心壯志向某間藝術學院遞交申請,唯對方未賞識他的才能,所以拒絕了他的申請。幸而,這並沒有磨滅他的意志,反倒令他發誓要繼續努力讓所有人都記得他。沒有讀大學的Edgar Artis直接投身插畫界,頻頻於社交網站發佈作品,現已得到七十多萬個粉絲的愛戴。他更在YouTube拍影片教人製作他所設計的裙子,毫不吝嗇地向人展示其創作過程。

不論是蔬果、零食、文具或日用品,Edgar Artis都能使它們變成獨特的物料。他會先畫一個姿態優雅的女孩,再用一種物料砌成裙子。這些裙子絕非華而不實之作,Edgar Artis不僅想引起人們對食物、物件的聯想,還希望宣揚不同的人生態度及價值觀。他畫了一個皮膚黝黑的女舞者,把片狀的蘋果置於舞者身上,無聲地反抗芭蕾舞學校只願接收白人為學生的現實。他故意把艷紅的荔枝皮反轉,用啞色的內皮製作裙子,鼓勵人們要勇於表現自己內在的優點。他感慨許多人要在戰火的蹂躪下掙扎求存,於是把橙皮剝開成大小各異的碎片,代表不同年齡、種族的人,寄予全世界的人都能和平相待,沒有戰爭。他亦曾用橘色的三文魚鋪在女孩的身上,隱晦地揭示人類對自然界的殘害。除此之外,他更不時利用城市中的景觀作為裙子的圖案,例如巴黎鐵塔、凱旋門等,教人從平凡的生活中找到趣味。

對於Edgar Artis來說,所有裙子都蘊藏着他豐沛的情感。「我從來沒有刻意去想過任何主題。我憑感覺去繪畫,我的畫作是由我的情感而構成的。」Edgar Artis不但透過插畫和各種物料展現對「美」的詮釋,更用它們來探討社會議題。這些用創意和雙手拼湊而成的裙子,遠比起昂貴的名牌晚裝來得更有價值。

撰文:王以珞
相片:www.instagram.com/edgar_artis
美術:王曉澄

Every lady who cares about her appearance should have a dream dress. You may have encountered it in a fashion show on TV or a fashion magazine, but it could be very costly that you never thought of owning it yourself. Edgar Artis, an Armenian fashion illustrator, creates dazzling dresses using food, objects of everyday life and a natural background, which perfectly and artistically display his sense of fashion.

The way of becoming an artist is never a breeze, but Edgar Artis still attempted to overcome all the obstacles with persistence. At the age of 19, he applied to an art academy, but was rejected. Fortunately, it did not wipe out Edgar Artis’ desire to chase his dream. He swore to work hard and prove to others that he was capable of being an artist. Without a university degree, he directly started his career as an illustrator, sharing his work on different social media platforms. Until now, he has got more than 700,000 followers on Instagram. He also puts a number of videos on his YouTube channel to share his working process to others.

From fruits, vegetables, stationeries to daily necessities, Edgar Artis has the ability to transform them into special materials for making gowns. He would first draw a girl with elegant posture, and then use a specific kind of material to make the dress. Edgar Artis does not only want to make people think of the relationships between food and art, but he also wants to speak out his attitudes and values through the edible dresses. He drew a black female dancer and placed a pile of apple slices on her body, silently revolting against the fact that ballet schools only accept white skin girls. He deliberately turned the inside of lychee skin out to encourage people to bravely show their capabilities to others. He lamented that many people were living under the ravages of war,and so he peeled the orange skin into fragments, large and small, representing people of different ages and nationalities. He made this orange dress and hoped everyone would treat each other in a peaceful way, and there would be no more wars in the world. In addition, he put salmon fish on his art work to secretly reveal the cruelty of human towards animals and the environment. Aside from food, he would cut a hole in the paper and fill the gap with the surrounding city views, such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, showing us how to make our lives more interesting.

All the dresses made my Edgar Artis are embedded with his profound emotions. “I don’t come up with ideas. I feel my drawings, they are all made with feelings and emotions.” He demonstrates a new definition of “beauty” through his illustrations and creativity, and he even takes the dresses as a reflection of ethical and social issues. Compared to the luxury gowns, these imaginative handmade dresses are much more precious.

Text: Elok Wong
Photo: www.instagram.com/edgar_artis
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #177

INTO THE FANTASY GOWNS

 

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