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The world.. Ending, Dying, Beautiful 1.


Table of Contents The World.. 1 Table of Contents 3 Contributors 5 Editors letter 6 Our World is naked but I am not

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The story behind the painted canvas

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Themed illustrations

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Beautifully burned to the ground

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Alone with my silk

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Abandoned Earth and I am left with my Diamonds

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Further enquiries

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Contributors..

During the process of this magazine many have contributed with their

time and effort and submitted their work. Even though it orginated with a variety of people with different Creative backgrounds it was able to integrate within the themes presented in this magazine.

Models, Artists, Assistent editors, family members and everyone else who

have shown their interest, thank you, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you all.


MODELS

Sarah Pinkham (UK) Laura Verbeeck (BE) Astrid Theunis (BE)

HAIR AND MAKE-UP ValĂŠrie Verbeeck Patricia Paulus Celine Roels

ARTISTS Asia Dwyer (A Fashion Designer) work on page: 5, 15, 28, 39-41, 44, 55-58, 61 & 71-73 Lina Velandina (An Industrial Designer) work on page: 17, 21, 48-49, 52-53, 59 & 64-65 Veselina Chebanova (An accessories designer / Arts director) work on page: 24-25, 68-69, 74-75 & 78-79 Celine Roels (A Fashion Communication student, provided all photography elements) work on page: 10-13, 18-19, 23, 27, 30-37, 42-43, 46-47, 50-51, 62-63, 66-67 & 76-77

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Editors Letter


FUSE

Welcome to the first edition of . You probably have noticed that this is not your conventional Fashion Magazine but more of a Portfolio. In here we showcase a compilation of media types, fulfilling a set theme that hopefully will inspire people within the Fashion or Creative Industries. This month’s issue is focused on ‘The End of the World’. This theme is categorised with 4 inspirational quotes “The World is naked but I am not”, “Beautifully burned to the ground”, “Alone with my silk” and “Abandoned Earth and I am left with my Diamonds”. Thanks to the help of many people in the Creative Industry we have been able to compile this diverse range of inspiration. Hope you will enjoy. Celine Roels

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The story behind the painted canvas Tattoos: “fun!” Tattoos: “art” Tattoos: “sentimental..” Tattoos: “chavs??” Tattoos: “fake!”


Having a tattoo has previously been frowned upon and misinterpreted by many people in various societies. However, most are unaware of the reasons behind these tattoos. Was it a rebellious thing? An empowerment of religion? Or did a loved one provide inspiration? Everyone has a personal and specific reason to why they choose to permanently imprint upon them-selves. These tattoos would be better understood if we took time to listen. The practices of tattooing began over 5 thousand years ago and have continued use in modern day. The word ‘tattoo’ originates from the Tahitian word tatu, which means ‘to strike’; resembling the act of piercing a sharp-pointed instrument into the skin leaving a permanent impression. The Maori tribe in New Zealand was one of the first cultures that enforced the element of a Polynesian tattoo within rituals. The instrument used was a crafted piece of albatross bone in various sizes in order for them to achieve perfect punctures. Their custom was to tattoo the most delicate part of the body, referred to as ‘ta moko’. An artist from the New Zealand tattoo studio commented, “Most often the Tattoo designs for Maori men consisted of bold spiral patterns covering the face, buttocks and legs. The women usually received tattoos on the lips, chin and on some occasions they were applied to the neck and back.” The tribe considered the tattoos as protective amulets on the human body. In order to protect women from deadly spirits and enhance their beauty for their husband they were often tattooed on the lips. This added to the desirability, as men were attractive to this visual display of beauty. Tribe members who chose not to have these spiritual tattoos were cursed upon and became an outcast from their society. In their culture, the body is perceived as a

physical representation of the way they integrate into their tribe society. The same method of integration into society can be observed in our modern day culture. The actual tattooing techniques and equipment has developed in modern industry, both cultures have the same trend just different ideals. We all enter this world looking largely similar, without intervention we would all leave still looking alike, just wrinkled. You design ideas to personalize yourself, not only by wearing differing clothes or fashions but also through means of permanent body modifications. During an online survey an anonymous contributor made a peculiar remark; Tattoos mark a period in life, much like a scar if some one has had an injury. It may also fill a void in someone’s life. Whether I choose to play a sport or paint a picture, they may choose to display someone else’s art. It is definitely a way of expressing yourself and acts as a constant reminder of the wearers’ feelings and the experiences they have been through. The act of permanently decorating yourself can sometimes be seen as an aggressive statement by others and are therefore more likely to stimulate resentment. What spectators don’t understand is that it could be honouring a loved one or symbolising a life-changing event. Dannyell is a mature college student and reveals her story; I think tattoos contain a meaning or story. You are opening yourself up to the world with a form of art. I don’t have words imprinted because that’s too personal but I like people to be curious about the symbolization. I consider myself to be a half-open book; you have to turn the pages to find out more about me. My two bow tie tattoos represent my childhood and the empowerment of women. Growing up in a small village, we could always rely on our friends

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Our group interacted as a family unit and anything that happened affected us all. My best friend Alice got pregnant at 15. Where we lived, we were encouraged by our parents to become independent at a very young age and deal with the consequences of our actions. Unfortunately after 6months she had a miscarriage. During this emotional time she changed as a person, she wanted support but wasn’t sure what would help her, and spent time away from the group; which had a knock-on effect to the unity of us. The bow-tie concept came from our friendship and the emotional connection we shared as females, struggling through a difficult time, and relates to the theme of both our childhoods. The actual tie represents the tie between two people because it is symmetrical so it connects to our bond and us. We chose the colour pink, as it is a typical way of representing women. The location of the tattoo was equally as important so we decided to have our tattoo behind our right ear. Your basic senses look forward; and with the tattoo placed behind the ear, symbolises that we have put it behind us but it will always be seen. It’s positioning means it can be hidden or put on display; I even forget myself that it is there and it’s a nice reminder when I see it again, almost like finding something you have lost. When Dannyell reflects on her bow tie tattoos it resembles the painful experience she had to deal with these past few years. The pain might have faded but the tattoo stands strong, now part of their beautification. However, it appears to others meaningless or nothing more than its aesthetics. Asia is a fashion design student and has 3 tattoos, and will probably to continue to add to them. She expressed that her first tattoo has become her least favorite to date. I got an “A” for Asia on my lower back when I was 16 as I went through a rebellious phase to experience as part of ‘cool’ trend. I wouldn’t choose it today but I would never remove it in a million years because memory and experience of getting it is embossed upon me, and I wouldn’t erase anything that has developed me as a person. She then got a second tattoo a year later, Sono la Forza on her back. The meaning is ‘I am Strength’ in Italian. Her decision to get this tattoo was influenced during her years of high school where she was in dark and different places. Metaphorically, a part of me was very different from everyone else and I found that difficult. Especially when it wasn’t that obvious to others, and as a reminder that I had to remain strong during that period and other difficult times at home, the tattoo was in a place that literally held me together (my back bone). This is my favorite tattoo to date.


Asia chose a tattoo as a rebellious statement. Even though she grew out of that stage, she will always remember the journey she had to endure before getting to where she is today. Another girl called Rachel decided to physically display her body as a book. Being a writer herself she saw upmost importance of words instead of images, as it is a reminder of her personality and her passions. Her first and most favorite states It’s not how you leap, its how you land ending with a small butterfly, placed around her right thigh. I got this one when I was recovering after a breakdown. A lyric from the song ‘Refuse to lose’ by Gary Go. It means that my mistakes don’t define me. I know everyone has different opinions in regards to tattoos but I don’t aim to shock people or stand out. My tattoos are a personal expression. The meaning is clear for all to see. Chris, my last interviewee and although he was unsure about certain aspects of his religious beliefs, was an eye-opener between beliefs and tattoos. Christianity has always been a big part so having a tattoo would symbolize the link between my family and religion. Despite the different cultures that are displayed across the world, tattoos will always be something unique to the individual. We might not have the same traditions but art is fluent over countries. The past 20 years the Maori tribe has had impact in many of our communities; several famous musicians like Robbie Williams and athletes like Mike Tyson have chosen to marque themselves with this art form. Zane, another tattoo artist in New Zealand believes that the “Maori tattoo design is one of the best ‘Tribal’ Art styles in the world. Compare the form and features of Maori Art against the likes of Borneo Tribal markings, Inuit Indian markings, Buddhist Scriptural Tattoos, Aztec designs, Aboriginal markings and African scarifications. None of the aforementioned tribal or native styles are flowing like Maori tattoo design and overall Maori art is more agronomical to fit the body shape. Of all art styles, Maori tattoo design can be the most likened to Oriental tattoo design given it’s body form fitting sculptured shape and patterns, such as Japanese ‘Koruing’ clouds.” During this journey I hope that not only my perception of tattoos have changed but also those of others. In the beginning I was unsure of the process of ‘marking’ upon someone’s body as I thought it was a vulgar but after the interviews I’ve realised that as an outsider you are left only to judge its aesthetics. Why not get my own tattoo? Who knows, maybe this will alter my beauty and make me more desirable.

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This series of illustration explores the idea of diminishing

everything our Earth holds, except for one form of protection.. our Fashion.

The sinister atmosphere on each page comes from our sorrow and lonesome without civilisation, however, the garments are

holding us together; keeping us beautiful while the Earth is ugly and bare.

Mixed media has been used; charcoal, collage, watercolour, black ink, graphics and photography.

The theme of our “naked Earth� appears

metaphorically throughout the illustrations, so it is

important not to think literally while studying them.


If our world disappeared before us, there

would be madness, insanity, and disaster. These results are present on each page.

Behold, our destruction with emerging beauty.

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For further enquires about this production please contact via email: celine.roels@hotmail.com 81.


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