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FROM THE EDITOR : Hello again! ...very excited to present you this Easter / Spring Issue with the stunning work from all over the world. Putting together the magazine isn’t an easy job, but now with our great supportive co-editor Alma Mei Wilson’s help should result in even more beautiful spreads. We are extremely proud of Issue 7 ‘The Ways of Seeing’ and looking forward to getting more submissions as now Fabric-a is out every month. So with a great pleasure we introduce you to our diamond - Fabric-a ‘The Ways of Seeing” So welcome again, enjoy, and stay inspired! See you soon in our regular Fabric-a Magazine Issue 8 ‘Lines’ which will be out in June!
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26th May 2014
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front & back cover Model : Michele St. Louis Photographer : Ewa Żuk MUA : Kat O’Connor Hair Stylist : Michele St. Loius Wardrobe Stylists : Patrycja LasońHollins & Karolina Borchert-Hunter Wardrobe Stylist Assistant : Emiliya Aluminova
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"Healing arts" Coming from a family of scientists, Helen was always fascinated by the left and right brain relationship. A holistic therapist and artist, she's been developing her unique technique and style in “Healing Arts” which reflects her own deep and colorful view on life, a desire to bridge realities and heal the Past. A refugee from Russia, Helen believes that art as a powerful form of selfexpression can become a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and can enhance healing to those in need. She believes in mindbody-spirit connection and her passionate art is a statement of her beliefs.
ARTIST STATEMENT A Healer/Counselor/Artist, I am creating and sharing my unique ‘Healing Arts’ for inspiration, healing, transformation, and just for good mood!
While reflecting my own colorful and deep perception of life, desire to bridge the realities and heal the past, I believe my artwork can enhance healing process to those in need.
I believe that art heals. My “Healing Arts” – is my unique way to integrate expressive arts and the art of healing. Communicating on subliminal levels, my art delivers a healing message of being on a spiritual Journey.
For many of us, creatives, art is a spiritual path, a transformational process, a way of being. My canvases are varied, vibrant, some are raw, some refined, all are intuitive – there are bridges to the past, cities in the rain, street lights, domes, music, oceans, fields of 7
BIG CITY LIGHTS
sunflowers, moons, clouds, sunsets... However, there are always important spiritual messages present in my art: being on your Journey, going towards the Light, following your Path, self-reflection, awareness of ‘Here and Now’, and of course - ‘j’oie de vivre’! Sometimes these messages are hidden, spoken indirectly, in a symbolic form, but often times – they are expressed quite loud, with bold bright colors, sort of ‘right in your face’ :) You can’t avoid seeing them if you are looking for some answers or at least seeking some understanding about quintessential questions like ‘who we are?’, ‘why we are here?’, ‘where are we going?’ and alike... Just look at my painting “In Search of Meaning” - you will know exactly what I’m talking about here. Some people stare at this painting for a long time unable to move away... others cry, because it touches them very deeply... - see for yourself what emotions it evokes, what feelings you begin to feel that you might have never felt before... What thoughts and ideas enter your mind that you might not even knew existed...
I believe that communicating on subliminal levels, my art delivers this messages through many means some of whichare-positivelychargedintention, healing frequencies of color, and energetically balanced composition. My intention is to create a substantial body of Healing Art to serve people and communities in need. I envision my artwork to be placed in homes, offices, libraries, Medical Centers, Rehabilitation and Multicultural Centers, Hospitals, Behavioral Health, Crisis Centers... - wherever it can enhance healing and promote well-being .
BIO Helen Kagan, PhD, a refugee from Russia, is a healer and an artist. Helen was born in a cold Siberian winter in what then was the USSR, and grew up in a communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. In 1991 a quest for freedom led her to the US where she brought a Jewish heritage, a PhD in Science, Master's in Psychology, and an unending thirst to explore life's meaning. Living in VT, WI, MN, NJ, NY and now in FL, she's spent much of her life as a holistic therapist. Following her quest Helen studied many healing modalities, and equipped with another Master's in Clinical Social Work she's been ‘walking the walk’ integrating a mind-body-spirit philosophy into her personal and professional life. Primarily self-taught Helen's been painting for as long as she remembers herself, since 2005 does it professionally. Helen works mainly with oil and acrylic, lately is experimenting with mixed mediums. Her canvases are influenced by impressionism, and expressionism. She paints with pure boldness and emotion, always looking for ways to communicate on levels often not yet understood. While reflecting her own colorful and deep perception of life, a desire to bridge the Realities and heal the Past, Helen believes her artwork can enhance healing process to those in need. She donated several pieces of her 'Healing Arts' to charities, Hospice and many individuals and organizations where she believed it was most needed. Her beliefs encompass her dream of developing a Healing Arts Center to reach people from different cultures, races and ethnic backgrounds. Helen continues to follow her heart by creating and sharing her collection of 'Healing Arts'. www.HelenKagan.com, www.NYhealing.com
Each generation creates new ideas, paradigms, art forms. I believe my ‘Healing Arts’ as a powerful form of self- EXHIBITS expression, enhances healing and promotes well-being in a viewer. I believe in interconnectedness of physical, mental In the last few years, Helen participated in over 30 juried and spiritual. My passionate and vibrant Art is a statement of shows, ArtExpo NYC 2014, Spectrum 2013@ Art Basel Miami, my beliefs. www.HelenKagan.com, www.NYhealing.com CONTINUUM 2013, presented at the City Hall of Hollywood
‘Art in Public Places’ 3-months display (23 pieces), solo Show 'Metamorphosis' at 'Osceola 32' Gallery (25 pieces), 'City Vibe' featured Artist show at Steinhausen Gallery (20 pieces), featured Artist for 'Constellation 9/11' Show (15 pieces), won a few online competitions. Helen’s Art was exhibited at the galleries, shops and private venues in VT, WI, MN, NJ, New York, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Sarasota, Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, Tequesta, West Palm, and currently is on display in several galleries in FL.
MANY ROADS TO GOD
BRIDGING THE PAST
THE INTERVIEW F: How did you become an artist?
H: I think I didn’t become an artist... :) This is who I’ve always been, am, and will be... It’s just took me a long time to realize it, tune in with my ‘right brain’, allow to express myself in this way, and finally follow my Path as an artist (vs. a scientist or a psychotherapist that I’ve been for many years...:)
F: Wow! So you’re an artist now but before you were a therapist and scientist? H: Yep, … very ‘left brain’ stuff :) You can read a little bit about it in my Bio.
F: I see you have a lot of ‘cityscapes’... any particular reason? H: Well... I am a “city girl”:) I’ve always lived in big cities, both in Russia, and in the US, and I just love being immerced into this, often quite crazy, all enveloping pulsating energy of big cities... I love New York, I love San Fran, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Miami... Each one of these so called ‘melting pots’, of course, has its own face, moods, culture, vibes... But I love them all! :) Some of them definitely have very interesting, intriguing character, often quite ‘split’ personality with edgy extremes... Many with lots of multi-cultural influence and culture, big, hot, beautiful, multi-lingual and multi-dimensional cities ... Love them all! :)
F: How does your working day look like? H: Usually crazy ! :) One might think that being ‘an artist’ entails some sort of a luxurious life style, like similar to what you see in the movies...:), but let me tell you that a ‘creative process’ is not an easy thing... Really! Those who are familiar with various intricacies of a creative process of any nature, those who know that closely, will agree with me, I think... :) So my ‘working day’ might look like a normal regular ‘working day’ for most folks who work like 9-5 schedule, and then work another job on top of that for a few more hours :), or it might be totally crazy with a lot of actual painting time and lots of ‘processing’ time in-between, which results in like 15-20H ‘working day’... And then a lot of time is going to other (yet important) stuff like creating advertising materials, making prints, giclees, working with photos of your art , creating and managing website, , and of course, making arrangements for shows and exhibits, inviting guests and collectors, actually providing and facilitating them, producing all possible marketing materials, etc. etc. etc. - well... you know it all, right? I think the actual time I spend painting is about 25-30% if I’m lucky to have this time! Other 70-75% goes to everything else around your art career – of course, if you treat it as a career vs. hobby …:)
F: You mentioned something very interesting about ‘creative process’...? H: I think that creative process per ce – is one of the most important things in life... I actually see it as a ‘co-creation’, because this is when we get in touch with something much bigger and much more powerful than just our own reality with our own ‘little selves’. Well... at least this is how I understand it! :) ‘’Creation’ involves lots and lots of ‘processing’, conceptualizing, getting in touch with your ‘Inner Self’, connecting with God/Universe/universal forces or whatever you believe is there for you on a Higher lever of your conscious (your so-called ‘Higher Self’). It involves working on your own inner ‘stuff’ before you can actually ‘produce’ a piece of art. To me, this whole process looks like a real ‘birthing’ after being impregnated with an idea (that definitely doesn’t let you sleep at night! :) for a long time, you finally can approach a ‘blank canvas’ and create your piece of art... And I mean, to ‘create and produce’ a real piece of art, not just a crafty cute little picture... I don’t mean that a ‘little crafty cute picture’ is not important – don’t take me wrong – I believe it’s a very good thing to do anything that involves your creativity, enlightens your day, gets your juices going, and brings smile on your face! :)
But... to create a real ‘piece of art’ takes a lot of your soul. Or rather, all of your soul :) And, after that, you literally give a birth to your ‘baby’, and then - share it with the World. It’s no longer yours, it is now has a purpose to lighten up a Path for others... Or something like that :) This is actually how I understand my Healing Arts’ purpose and mission... I really like what my friend and colleague, M. Ellenson, PhD, said about my Healing Arts in her recent article - “... The light as the apex of Helen Kagan’s art is so strong that it reminds us of the sunshine that breaks through the closed window of our visions and compels us to finally open it . . . for selfhealing and self-discovery”... [ Feb. 2014 “Kagan Provides Us A Healing Symphony Of Color “ by M. Ellenson, PhD Martin County Currents, Feb 2014, pg 30 ]
F: Thank you Helen, and see you in next issues!!!! 13
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a New York based illustrator and photographer. I love anything that has to do with Art and am always challenging myself in creating different styles of art form. I love variety and as such you will find a reflection of that in my art work, from fashion illustrations to thought provoking photographic images.
My interest in art began at the age of five drawing sketches and doodling everything I could get my hands on. Through the years I continued to draw and to this day I describe myself an artist of the mind, body and soul. I consider my work a reflection into the world, the way I see it. What I am creatively addicted to is creating images that has an effect on people, to make them think. I'm inspired by many things such as current trends, social issues, nature, life, humor, spirituality, etc. I love creating and experimenting with new ideas and challenging myself. It's a drive that pushes me to a different level each time which is very rewarding. My artistic creation started with pencil on paper, but quickly turned digital and now I work in photography as well as design.
All of my work emphasizes keeping all types of interpretations open, so that each image can mean as much as possible. The subject of my work could be something that I have seen in the park, street or internet that interests me enough to create something about it. However, most of my work is an inspiration of my own feelings and thoughts.
I started this second project called "Tech Doddle". I went from creating art with dirt to creating art using keyboard keys and using small objects around the house like pearls, rhinestones, color paper, twist ties, cotton and aluminum foil for enhancement. I wanted this project to be way different from the first one. With all this technology happening now I thought, why not use keyboard keys to create fun and colorful art giving it a 3d pixel like, image.
I spent about 2 hours on this new project carefully getting the perfect lines, placing each keyboard key on the color paper poster and then accessorizing it with small things from around the house. The type of objects that I choose are created specifically with the intention of bringing a smile to viewers.
My name is Sanja (or Sanya) :) I am currently doing my graduate year at the Academy Of Fine Arts. I’m mostly interested in illustration, wall-painting, theatre, music involved in the theatre, scenography, scene painting, film and volunteer work. I call myself a multi-practic person.
I love to laugh, to dream and to be imaginative, but all in my head. I spend the vast majority of the day - and all night - thinking, so I barely sleep. I put all of my imaginations onto paper, with some phrase or quote. I don’t act properly for someone my age... I’m a lot more like a child, like a hyper-mouth-brain-body-active person. I don’t drink coffee because I would probably start walking on walls and ceilings!
I like abstract expressionism because it suits my personality. I am inspired by Schiele, Lautrec, Franz Kline, Motherwell, Rauschenberg, CY Twombly and Michelangelo. I’ve been through countless phases, from an academic to an abstract approach to art.... but I find my current phase the most like ‘my own’, ‘my home’ and my happiness. Here is my web-page http://reditsallaboutthered.tumblr.com/
DASKALO clothing and styling: Daskalo photography: E. Michalska
Fabrica had the chance to meet DASKALO, internationally renowned model. Leaving a lasting impression on all who see him, this Greek hunk is definitley one to keep your eyes on!
Photographed by Edyta Michalska
What triggered you to begin your modeling career, and what is it that
continues to inspire you as a model?
My background as a nutritionist and personal trainer means I have
feeling good, and inspiring others to do the same. I realized by being a model I get to use these skills alongside
What are you up to at the moment? At the moment I am a full time working model, plus having my clients for nutrition and personal training Do you have any artistic dreams? My goal is to create a big name in the industry that will help me advertise my nutrition and personal training in the future. If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be? When I was young I always wanted to meet and work with Angelina Jolie What are your plans for the near future? To get more modeling work, travel to other cities for photo shoots, and get published in more magazines What do you love most, and what do you hate? I love smiles and positive people and I dislike everything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s negative Do you have a favourite modelling experience? A big fashion shoot in Malibu beach California.
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CHECK OUT THESE BEAUTIFUL IMAGES BY PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID OLSAN: IN THESE SHOTS, THE HYPNOTIC COLOURS ARE A BRILLIANTLY MODERN OFFSET TO THE 1930s VIBE.
I am an international Czech photographer (currently London based), with a fervent interest in creating work showing a strong narrative â&#x20AC;&#x201C; often being drawn to the sensual, and the mysterious. My style is rooted in the traditional European aesthetics: I dramatize stories, and in exploring human emotions, I aim to be exploring life itself, with our very real, human emotions. The old masters - Josef Sudek, Helmut Newton and Javier Vallhonrat - are my inspiration. Currently
“drawn to the sensual, and the mysterious”
“very real, human e m o t i o n s ” Shoot credits: Miliner: Martina Bohn Hats, MUA & Hair Sarah-Jane Pirie, MUA Silvia Saccinto, Dress Code Le Vush, Stylist Magda Zurkova, Models: Hannah Devane - First Model Management, Valeria Braileanu - First Model Management Olsan’s website is: http://davidolsanphotography.com/
Man About Town Photographer: Daniel James Towlie Model: Tse-Wei (Looque Models) Clothes By: Hunter Gathering, American Apparel Hat by: Billionaire Boys Club
Cybernated Photography: Cara-May MUA & HAIR: Ruth Campbell Jewellery by: ATILEA Model: ‘Lexi’ Aleksandra Fargo
This Editorial reflects the robotic nature of the city of London. The storyline: 'A girl- trapped in a matrix, bound by the new technologies of the future, she stares blankly through everything in her robotic state.' This Editorial reflects the robotic nature of the city in this era. Hailing from London I am used to seeing busy streets followed by train journeys full of individuals who are obsessed with their phone’s and Ipads, (either that or their heads are stuck in newspapers). It often seems as if this day and age everyone is living in a matrix and no one wants to talk or look at anyone anymorealmost like they’d rather not exist from the time they leave for work right back to their journeys home. After a long (rather stressful) journey home from the studio on the tube, I thought that I would play on the idea of my encounters with the London ‘robots’, and incorporate the bland greyish feel of London into the images. I purposely chose images which were quite minimal in terms of Lexi’s poses, I didn’t feel like she needed too much movement or expression to emphasise what I wanted to represent. Once I put that together I came up with the title ‘Cybernated’ which by definition quite literally means to be controlled mechanically.
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Elementary Photography: Yinsey Wang Stylist: Bea Linton MUA's: Shirley Ho & Andrea Rasc贸n Models: Samm Bate, Ras-Yu & Suze Smethurst Creative Director: Nisa Yang
Ras-Yu (left) wears striped silk jacket and trousers and white shirt by Sophie Skach Suze (centre) wears grey coat and grey trousers by Youjia Jin, footwear by Finsk Samm (right) wears velvet bow shirt and pedal pushers by Claire Couchman, footwear by Finsk
Samm wears golden silk trousers, striped jumper by Sophie Skach Suze wears purple suit, pattern silk shirt underneath jacket, held folded coat by Vanessa G c/o Goodley PR, footwear by Finsk Ras-Yu wears green high tech suit, shirt underneath by Sophie Skach
Green high tech suit and shirt by Sophie Skach
Golden silk trousers, striped jumper by Sophie Skach
Suze wears black suit, and white shirt underneath jacket by Youjia Jin, waterproof coat by NJORK, footwear by Finsk Ras-Yu wears grey sequin trousers, black shirt with brooch, white and black dotted shirt, by Sophie Skach Samm wears leather jacket, white collarless shirt, burgundy trousers, by Claire Couchman, footwear by Finsk
Purple suit, shirt underneath jacket and coat by Vanessa G c/o Goodley PR
The Natural PHOTOGRAPHER - ASHLEY CUMSTON STYLIST - JESSICA HATCH MUA & HAIR - LOUISE HALL MODEL - MIMY ELLIS
dress - beyond retro, shirt - zara, belt - LMck
dress - sade english, shirt - Zara, scarf - weston, bag - ASOS
THE WAYS OF SEEING Photographer: Benjamin Muir Clothing: Madia & Matilda Model: Emily James
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Elle Kennedy’s conceptual and mixed media pieces seek to document the modern transgender experience and the experience of other marginalized groups. She utilizes a familiar format (the selfie) and proposes a reimagining of it turning it from a self indulgent thing into a powerful tool for spreading messages and communicating her experiences. Although the presentation of her work varies, she generally present’s the work In way which invites the viewer to be dismissive and treat the work like trash exploring the perception of trans women.
Her pieces both question and illustrate what it is to be an outsider or the ‘other’ within a culture which supposedly encourages diversity. Her work explores many different themes such as the tensions and similarities between women, and people of the same age. She seeks to warp the gaze of the voyeur and play upon the fetishizations and fantasies that make ‘othered’ women the subject of the male gaze. Whilst she is adamant that she does not believe that the male gaze should be demonized, she is interested in sometimes playfully and sometimes aggressively disrupting, analyzing and toying with it. As she explains ‘I try to expose the risks of fetishizing marginalized groups, yet do not punish sexuality, instead by throwing the gaze back at the voyeur I propose I more honest articulation of sexuality whereby objectification is explored and debated’. She uses printing techniques and acetone to create a rough, pixilated quality to her work In order to communicate the works themes, so they purposely appear to be low quality. Kennedy’s work has featured in exhibitions in the UK and the United States and various publications internationally. She is in the process of developing her website so is currently utilizing tumblr to showcase her work. http://elle-kennedy.tumblr.com/
Chiara Bonelli (Chib) Photos, Concepts and Model : Chiara Bonelli
Was born in Gorizia, Italy. She studied at the Scientific Gymnasium and then got the degree in Economics, at the University of Trieste. At the same time she was expanding her knowledge in arts, especially into photography. First digital, then analogue, learning to develop films and prints in the darkroom. She has hold several exhibitions during these years. Currently she is working as volunteer at Proud camden london. Reflective and instinctive, in few words. Loves music, the night, the dawn, her few friends, the journey more than the destination, & wine. Vegan, antispeciesist.
I settled in Spain in 2004 and I begin my photography studies at the Art School of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria a year later. I've been working on portraits and self-portraits since I was 9 years old. The act of focusing on the human body and modify it as an artistic element comes from my staying at several hospitals and clinics. Since then, bodies grabbed my attention. I used to feel that the image I saw in the mirror didn't belong to me, that there was a lack of connection between my image and my spirit. When I see my finished works, I can recognize myself in every one of them. There are straight and curved lines, scars with which I cover human figures. In a certain way, the experiences I'd lived gave me strength to search for what is beyond the body and to win acceptance, completeness of being with it. As for my influences, I can name Francisco de Goya, Edward Hooper, Francis Bacon, Lucas Samaras, Diane Arbus, Charles Bukowski and Antonin Artaud.
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