Interview: Patrick Steptoe Designer og kunstner

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BCD har fanget Patrick Steptoe i et privat interview omkring hans mange oplevelser med at gå fra designer for danske modehuse til underviser og kunstner.

Patrick har arbejdet som designer for Bruuns Bazaar, Day, Metropol, Cottonfield og NN07 som han var med til at starte op fra bunden. Hør lidt om hvad en mand som Patrick har at fortælle om moden og udfordringerne i en kreativ branche.

BCD: Hvad består dit job af nu?
Patrick: Jeg arbejder idag med mange forskellige ting, og det passer min kreative hjerne godt med variation i arbejdslivet.
Min store passion er illustration, og jeg lever blandt andet af at tegne illustrationer til børnebøger, undervisningsmateriale og til reklamebranchen.
Et andet arbejde hvor jeg tegner er mine workshops, hvor jeg eksempelvis speed-live-tegner til en historiefortællers fortællinger, eller kommer ud som konsulent og tegner folks ideer til brainstorms og møder.
Noget af mit arbejde består også i at udvikle visuel identitet, og kan være alt fra udvikling af logoer til hjemmesider, emballage, produkter  og kreativ rådgivning.
Om sommeren bygger jeg også skulpturer i sand. Da jeg efterhånden har vundet nogle priser for mine skøre ideer rundt omkring i verden, bliver jeg inviteret til festivaler i bla. Japan, Indien og Berlin.
– I år skal jeg bygge solo i København og Oslo.
Jeg laver stadig somme tider lidt klude, og selvom illustration og kunst har overtaget mit arbejde med Herre-fashion, sker det at jeg får en tøj-opgave jeg ikke kan sige nej til. Jeg er eksempelvis for nyligt blevet inviteret til at udvikle nye ideer til print og grafik for NN07.
Jeg underviser også lidt en gang imellem, og har bla. undervist på Danmarks Designskole og KEA.
BCD: Hvilke tidligere erfaringer har du erhvervet dig?
Patrick: Siden jeg blev færdig med min uddannelse på Danmarks Designskole, har jeg bla. arbejdet som designer for Bruuns Bazaar, Day, Metropol, Cottonfield og NN07.
Min tid i modebranchen har været lærerig, men har også været årsag til en del frustration. Jeg fungerer bedst i højre hjernehalvdel, og det at have tid til at gennemarbejde mine ideer og designs betyder meget for mig. I Modebranchen går alting meget stærkt, og der er efter min mening ikke meget tid til at gå i dybden med udvikling, – hvis man skal have et liv ved siden af. Som far synes jeg det er vigtig også at have tid til privaten , – selvom jeg har svært ved at lade være med at arbejde inde i hovedet hele tiden.
Som selvstændig og freelancer, bestemmer jeg mere selv hvornår jeg skal sidde oppe om natten og hvilke opgaver jeg vil lægge min sjæl i. At være freelancer har selvfølgelig også en bagside, og det kan være hardcore når alle opgaverne kommer samtidig, eller når der i perioder er meget stille i butikken.
BCD: Hvad er for dig den største udfordring da du var designer for NN07 og Bruuns Bazar?
Patrick: Som designer var min største udfordring at “købe”  tid til udvikling af mine ideer. Selvom jeg er god til at få ideer, og også er skrap til at visualisere dem, er jeg ikke nogen god sælger. Derfor har det altid været lidt op af bakke for mig at etablere gennemslagskraft overfor hurtige forretningsfolk.
BCD: Hvad er det bedste ved dit job som designer?
Patrick: Jeg elsker at skabe. At se mine tanker og ideer få liv når jeg tegner dem, er en vidunderlig følelse som jeg ikke tror vil være muligt at leve foruden.
Det er fedt at kunne aflevere arbejde til mine kunder og samarbejdspartnere, som skaber glæde og tilfredshed, og jeg elsker at tage udfordringen op.
BCD: Hvad var udfordringerne ved at være med til at opstarte mærket NN07?
Patrick: Den mest spændende udfordring var nok at forstå hvad bossen ville, og udvikle produktet bedst muligt i denne retning. Senere blev det også en udfordring at holde sig indenfor den konceptuelle ramme, og arbejde konsekvent med de givne parametre, samtidig med at udvikle og få brandet til at blomstre.
BCD: Hvad inspirerer dig til at udføre de opgaver du havde førhen og nu?
Patrick: Jeg finder meget af min inspiration i film, kunst og kultur. Med andre ord, er det de ting jeg ser, og de stærkeste indtryk jeg får, som inspirerer mig, og som inde i mit hoved bliver kombineret til ideer.
BCD: Hvad er ifølge dig et musthave i  herregaderoben?
Patrick:  Personlig beklædning! Jeg er gladest for de ting jeg har der holder og som rummer en god historie. Det tøj jeg har haft længe, og som stadig bevarer sin kvalitet, er blevet en del af mig, fordi det er mig der har slidt de folder det har fået af at følges med mig gennem livet.
Jeg har lige skaffet mig en “raw” reproduktion af et par gamle Lee Jeans fra 1952, – dem glæder jeg mig til at slide til!
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Design og kreativt arbejde fra Patricks eget arkiv! Er din interesse for NN07 vakt kan du se deres nye kollektion her:

Interview: Artist Jack Greer


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Photographer: Lele Saveri

Meet Jack Greer. At age 26 he is able to call himself: artist, designer, photographer – and those are just a few titles to mention out of many others. BCD was lucky to catch him and get an interview. Please enjoy!

BCD: Tell us shortly about yourself and what you’re doing and which upcoming projects you are working on right now

Jack: I’m 26 years old – just turned the corner on the first quarter century of my life.  I live in New York City and work out of a studio that I share with some other artist friends called Still House.  Our space is located in Red Hook, Brooklyn – next to the IKEA (which seems to be the largest landmark for people to have a point of reference).  I’m working on several different projects right now – trying to get my work together for a show in Brussels coming up in the middle of June.  The show is with the other Still House artists and will be at Gallery Rodolphe Janssen.  I’m not sure what work of mine will be included but I’m currently experimenting with some stretched paper pieces that incorporate the same spraypainted bush and chain iconography I’ve been using.  I just finished a large book as well – a self published 1 of 1 edition book which is composed of images from the many high speed chases and shootouts between criminals and the LAPD (los angeles police department).  

 BCD: Where do you get your inspiration from? 

Jack: My inspiration comes directly from my experiences as a 26 year old male who grew up in los angeles.  My feelings and relationship with the world come from skateboarding and riding the bus, friendships and crews of people I associated with.  My work is a reaction to my understanding of the environment I grew up in and the associations I make between land, industry, communication, and so on.

 BCD: How would you characterize your style? 

 Jack: I think my style is somewhat indicative of being a ‘losangelino’ – there is a crispiness to my work but it is often comprised of industrial tools and has some dirt worked into it…chains, fences, etc.  

 BCD: And how about your clothing style?

 Jack: My clothing style is pretty ‘losangelino’ as well – city-kid-skateboarder-teenage-half-way-punk.  Dickies and vans and a plain t shirt.

 BCD: What has your biggest experience been so far (regarding your work)?

 Jack: My biggest experience…hmm, this is hard to answer because I can’t isolate a particular event that felt more overwhelming than the rest.  It seems as though the entire situation – starting with moving to New York and attempting to produce work, has been a gradual period of growth and unbelievable uncertainty.  So many things have happened that I wouldn’t have been able to foresee taking place that I’ve become somewhat desensitized to these events.  I would never expect anything to happen and therefore it feels as though anything could…as a result of this, nothing feels particularly substantial.  It’s hard to explain exactly, but a more positive approach to such a feeling is along the lines of accepting everything positive but not dwelling on it so much that it halts the ability to work harder towards something in the future.  I don’t want to be looking back on being ‘the highschool quarterback’ my entire life.

 BCD: What do you think it takes to make it within this field? 

 Jack: I’m not sure what it takes to make it, there’s a bunch of necessary elements mixed in with a bunch of luck along the way.  I don’t think it’s as clear as many other industries in which there is a slightly more visible track to follow in order to be successful in a particular field.  Nonetheless, persistence and hard work can’t hurt your chances.  Being honest with your work as well – I think people are relatively conscious of whether or not an artist believes in what he/she is producing.  You can only fake the funk so much before it becomes apparent that you aren’t invested in your ideas.  

 BCD: What are your goals for the future? 

 Jack: My goals are to continue to make work and hopefully do well enough along the way that I’m able to facilitate the production of larger works.  I have dreams of pieces that are just too big and costly to follow through with at this point – however, I would love to one day be able to allow those ideas to grow into realized works.  I have been thinking about making a piece that involves four different routes to a 2nd floor – this piece is about choices and communication.  I would like to have a dirt hill, a staircase, an escalator, and an elevator – each placed along side one another and all leading to the same space ‘upstairs’.  The gathering of people at the top is a place for casual conversation and such – the route with which you choose to take is completely up to the viewer…however, the viewer has to physically get involved in order to experience the piece.  I don’t really like passive enjoyment – the type of ’scrolling’ on a website as a form of accessing work.  I think getting people together and involved in the work is a major component, much like The Gates project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

 BCD: .. Btw we saw an interesting picture on your instagram with a label saying “Jack Greer in collaboration with Marc by Marc Jacobs” – what is that about?

 Jack: The tag is from a couple garments I did the illustration and design for.  I was asked to create some drawings and graphics that could be rendered as prints and embroideries on some Marc By Marc Jacobs apparel.  The project was a lot of fun because very often freelance work ends up in print as opposed to being a tactile object or apparel piece that translates the original work into something new.

…If you want to see some of the things Jack has made, we have some videos for you right here:

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Interview: Trend forecaster Sarah Ingemann Holm-Nielsen

 

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Mød Sarah Ingemann Holm-Nielsen som startede Quote A Gentleman tilbage I 2010. Et københavnsk konsulentfirma der beskæftiger sig indenfor mode og samtidig forudsiger trends. Sarah udtrykker bl.a. trends igennem oplæg som minder meget om moodboard – altså ikke 5 billeder af modeller med en bestemt bluse eller mønster, men igennem en følelse og en stemning. Se bl.a. nederst på siden her eksempler på Sarahs arbejde – du kan finde meget mere inspirerende information på hendes hjemmeside.

Læs et interview med Sarah her omkring udfordringerne inden for trend forecasting.

 BCD: Fortæl kort om hvad dit job går ud på

Sarah: Jeg arbejder som trend forecaster for diverse danske mode og designvirksomheder og har eget trend agency Quote a Gentleman med base i København. Gennem min virksomhed arbejder jeg eksternt for Trend Tablet i Paris og danske Pej Gruppen. Hver måned skriver jeg trend indlæg til Fashion Forum og et nyt koncept til magasinet RUM om tendenser indenfor interiør. Mit job går ud på at spotte/forecaste tendenser indenfor mode, arkitektur, livsstil, materialer, farver, livsmønstre, interiør, bolig etc.

 BCD: Hvad har du tidligere beskæftiget dig med?

Sarah: Jeg har tidligere arbejdet på VS magazine som assistant fashion director, modeassistent på Costume og været medejer af vintage butikken Time’s Up i Kbh.

 BCD: Hvad har din største udfording været?

Sarah: At forklare kunder hvor vigtigt det er at være på forkant med de nyeste tendenser og ramme plet i forhold til de designs og produkter de producerer, men også at kunne fortolke trendsene i forhold til brandet´s dna og historik. Diversitet er stadig vigtig også selvom man fokusere på trends. Om man så vælger at anvende trends mere stringent eller helt fravælger dem, viser stadig en bevidsthed for i hvilken retning vi bevæger os som samfund, som forbruger etc.

BCD: Hvad tror du det kræver for at overleve i modebranchen i dag?

Sarah: Være faglig dygtig, have et stort og stærkt netværk, være modig, innovativ og nytænkende og blive ved også selvom om du første gang møder en lukket dør eller et nej.

BCD: Hvilke tendenser indenfor modebranchen spår du bliver de største i 2013?

Sarah: Botanik og natur på print, 90’s antifashion, mix & match ala “bad taste”.

Hvis du vil vide mere om de tendenser Sarah spår bliver de store i 2013, kan du læse artiklerne som du finder under billederne nedfor:

 Ellers kan du besøge hendes webside her:

WWW.QUOTEAGENTLEMAN.COM

Meet Sarah Ingenmann Holm-Nielsen who started Quote A Gentleman back in 2010. A Copenhagen consulting firm dealing in fashion and also predicts trends. Sarah picks up trends and does not only explain a tendency by photos of models – but through moodboards that gives a certain feeling and mood. See some of her work at the end of the interview or more on her webside. 

BCD: Briefly describe what your job is

Sarah: I work as a trend forecaster for Danish fashion and design companies and have my own trend agency: Quote a Gentleman, based in Copenhagen. Through my company I also work for Trend Tablet in Paris and Danish pej Group.Every month I write trend posts to the Fashion Forum, a new concept for the magazine RUM on trends in interiors. My job is to spot / forecast trends in fashion, architecture, lifestyle, materials, colors, patterns of life, interior, housing, etc.

BCD: What have you previously worked with?

Sarah: I have previously worked on VS magazine as an assistant fashion director, fashion assistant at Costume and been co-owner of vintage shop Time’s Up in Copenhagen

BCD: What has your biggest challenge been?

Sarah: To explain to customers how important it is to stay ahead of the latest trends and hit the mark in relation to the designs and products they produce, but also to interpret the trend in relation to the brand’s DNA and history.Diversity is still important even if you focus on trends. Whether you decide to use trends more stringent or completely opt out of them, it still shows an awareness of the direction in which we move as a society, as a consumer, etc.

BCD: What do you think it takes to survive within the fashion industry today?

Sarah: Have good professional skills, have a large and strong network, be bold, innovative and original – even if you meet a closed door or a no.

BCD:Which trend within the fashion industry do you predict will be the largest in 2013?

Sarah: Botany and nature of print, 90’s anti-fashion, mix & match like “bad taste”.

 To learn more about the trends Sarah talks about you can read some articles, just click below the pictures.

 Or visit her website:

WWW.QUOTEAGENTLEMAN.COM 

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Trendforcast omkring maskulinitet vs Feminitet. læs mere her

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 Moodboards lavet af Sarah

 

 

 

Interview: 2ND DAY headdesigner Mette

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Blame Copenhagen Denmark blev inviteret indenfor til et personligt interview med hoveddesigneren for 2ND DAY. Designeren Mette deler hendes oplevelser og udfordringer som designer og giver et sneak peek ind i 2ND DAY´s ny Autum/Winter kollektion 2013.

2ND DAY er kendt for deres mange lækre jeans samt unikke kjoler og kan spottes på gaderne i København, men også på kendte langt fra Danmark hvor hovedkontoret på Kongens Nytorv har sin base.

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BCD: Hvad består dit job af?

Mette: Mit job består primært i at designe alle 2 ND DAY kollektioner fra tegne stadiet og følge dem helt til slut produktet i butikken, dette indebærer at forudsige farver, silhuetter, tema/mood og tendenser et år frem i tiden, at rejse på inspirations ture og besøge leverandører i hele verden, samt tilrette og godkende alt fra kvaliteter og farver til forarbejdning. Derudover står jeg også for at skabe en identitet til brandet, som kommer til udtryk i bla. Look books og kampagner. Jeg står også for at præsentere kollektionen for sælgere og agenter. Samt er daglig manager for 2ND day teamet.

BCD: Hvilke tidligere erfaringer har du erhvervet dig for at have det job du har i dag?

Mette: Jeg har arbejdet som designer og design manager de sidste 10 år i forskellige danske mode huse.

BCD: Hvad er for dig den største udfordring som designer?

Mette: At spå/designe et år frem i tiden, samtidig med at jeg skal opfylde krav om at være kommerciel tilgængelig i mine design og skabe designs i de rigtige priser.

BCD: Hvad er det bedste ved dit job?

Mette: Alsidigheden og at jeg kan bruge min kreativitet på mange forskellige plan. Der er ikke to dage der er ens i min branche. Det er et hårdt men altid udfordrende job at være designer.

BCD: Hvad har den største oplevelse i din karriere været?

Mette: At få lov til at starte et nyt mærke op helt fra bunden ud fra mine egne ideer og se det vokse og heldigvis også blive til en succes. Derudover har det været stort at være det første danske (high street) mærke som åbnede en butik i Harrods. Det er også altid en dejlig og positiv oplevelse at se 2 ND DAY tøj på kendte og ukendte ude i den virkelige verden – Det at se tøjet i nye rammer og se at det virker, gør mig altid rigtig glad og stolt.

BCD: Hvad gør 2nd day unik?

Mette: Vi er et jeansbrand med det hele. Altså vi skaber hele looket, ikke blot jeans og t-shirts som mange andre jeans brands. Og så den store positive succes vi har haft lige fra start. Bla. Med eksponeringen af vores 2ND DAY t-shirt har været overvældende og helt unik.

BCD: Hvilken style fra a/w kollektionen er dine favorit?

Mette: Det er svært at vælge men hvis jeg absolut skal så: Den grå palliette kjole.

 

In english:

Blame Copenhagen Denmark were invited to a personal interview with the head designer for 2ND DAY. The designer Mette shares her experiences and challenges as a designer and gives us a sneak peek into the 2ND DAY’s  Autum / Winter collection  2013.

2ND DAY are known for their amazing jeans and unique dresses and can be spotted on the streets of Copenhagen, aswell as on celebs abroad, far from the head office at Kongens Nytorv.

Interview

BCD: What does your job consist of?

Mette: My job is mainly to design all 2 ND DAY collections from the drawing stage and follow them all the way to the final product in the store. This involves predicting colors, silhouettes, theme / mood and trends a year in advance, to go on inspirational tours and visit suppliers around the world, as well as organise and approve everything from quality and colors to the process. In addition, I am also responsible for creating an identity for the brand, which is reflected in, among other things. Look books and campaigns. I am also the one who presents the collection to sellers and agents, and at least but not last I am the daily manager of the 2ND day team.

 BCD: What previous experience did you acquire that prepared you for the job you have today?

Mette: I have worked as a designer and design manager the last 10 years in various Danish fashion houses.

BCD: What is the biggest challenge for you as a designer?

Mette: To predict / design a year ahead from now,  and at the same time meet the requirements to be commercially available in my design and create designs in the right price range.

BCD: What is the best thing about your job?

Mette: The versatility and that I can use my creativity in many different ways. No two days area like in my business. It is a hard but always challenging job to be a designer.

BCD: What has been the greatest experience in your career?

Mette: To be allowed to start a new brand from scratch, from my own ideas, see it grow and fortunately become a success. In addition, it has been great to be the first Danish (high street) brand to open a shop in Harrods. It is always a wonderful and positive experience to see 2 ND DAY clothes on known and unknown in the real world – Seeing the clothes in new ways and see that it works, always makes me really happy and proud.

BCD: What makes 2nd day unique?

Mette: We are a jeans brand with it all. We create the whole look, not just jeans and t-shirts as many other jeans brands. And then the great positive success we have had from the beginning. for example with the exposure of our 2ND DAY t-shirt, has been overwhelming and unique.

BCD: Which style from the a/w collection is your favorite?

Mette: It’s hard to choose but if I absolutely have to: The grey sequin dress.

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Her er Mettes ynglingsstyle – den grå kjole fra Autum/Winter kollektionen 2013

Here is Mette’s favorite style – the grey dress from the Autum / Winter collection 2013

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Spottede du også denne kjole på Szhirley under MGP? Så kan vi fortælle at den er designet af Mette fra 2ND DAY! Alle sten er håndsyet og forelsker du dig i den kan det måske være at den sættes i produktion. Du kan se Szhirley i kjolen her

Hold øje med vores Sneak peek indlæg om hele Autum/Winter kollektionen 2013 fra 2ND DAY som kommer snart.

Vil du se hvad 2ND day har i butikkerne lige nu så se videoen nedenfor:

Did you spott this dress on Szhirley the MGP? Then we can tell you that it is designed by Mette from 2ND DAY! All stones are hand-sewn, and if you were to fall in love with it, you might be so lucky that it  will be put into production. You can see Szhirley in the dress here

Keep an eye on our Sneak peek post about the 2ND DAY Autum / Winter collection 2013, coming soon.

See whats in store right now in the video below:

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Hey folks! Welcome to Blame Copenhagen Denmark

We are five Danish and Swedish girls who are going to keep you updated about what’s happening within fashion in Copenhagen right now and in the future (and sometimes outside as well). The best way to do this is to go out and observe but also to talk to people within the field – this is why we have made some different categories for you:

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All of these are filled with pictures for you to get inspired, updated and entertained from!

… And now you’re probably wondering who the fuck are we? Well. We’re just the messengers. But until we catch you in your best outfit on the streets, here are our mugshots. We’re looking forward to seeing you out there!

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