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You have shown two collections, already.
How did the thought process and your work method evolve
between the first and the second one?
The approach of the first and the second collection
was totally different.
The first collection was originally
created, because I just wanted to make a photo project. I planed to make
six different pattern, with six different colours, that should show my
handmade-illustration-style best. At that time I did not know that GUNEE
Homme would be the result of that photo project.
for the second collection were more target-oriented.
patterns are pieces of a coherent story and not just loose fragments.
Also the colours are more synchronised. If you would compare GUNEE Homme
with a music album, then the first collection would be the prelude or
the introtrack of that album. The second collection would be the first
closed track with its own complete story.
What is the motivation behind each new project; is
it a sudden inspiration or is it an inner
need that propels
you to make a statement?
The motivation for each new
project and each new collection is different. Sometimes it can be a
sudden inspiration, that creates a whole collection.
sometimes it can be a conflict or a chain of thought, that I would like
to give a face to, in the form of a pattern sequence. In some works I
hide small messages, in others I don't. It's different, every
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nWhich factors would you name as the ones that have
most shaped your aesthetic sensibilities?
When I was
younger I watched a lot of japanese animation films. I think they had
the most influence on me during my childhood.
Later, at the
age of 16, the problems of growing up and the music I listened to during
that time had a big impact on me. Music in general has the most impact
on my work. It can wake up emotions and memories. Music shapes my
aesthetic sensibilities, because it is abstract and sometimes I try to
give it a visual form through my work. I'm like a visual transformer for
it. Music is like a box of different coloured plasticine for me and my
challenge is to make a comprehensive form out of it.
Do you have any idées
fixes, regarding the content or your method of work?
I do not have idées fixes regarding the content of
my work, but I do have them when it comes to my method of work. I think
it's very important for me, not to think consciously during a work
process. You can reflect your work after you've done it, but not in the
For me, design is a process of feeling and not a
process of thinking.
Can you recall an outfit or a garment of
yours that has played a significant role in some moment in your
No, not for the moment.
The presentation of your collections is a sort of
artwork in itself. Do you decide on the presentation while working on a
collection, or is it something you start planning only after you have
realised your designs?
Normally everything is made by
myself. The skeletal structure of GUNEE Homme - the corporate design -
is made by myself. When I start with a new collection and create new
pattern, I'm not in communication with anyone during that time. The
basic concept, the idea and everything around it is done by myself, too.
The campaign and the presentation of the collection is the
only moment where I take a step to the side.
I entrusted the
visual language of the campaign to my photographer. I have worked for a
long time with Studio Peripetie and I trust her work 100%.
gave her the input, the inspiration and the idea behind the collection
and she transformed it through her own view. She has a strong visual
language and I love to work with her, because her view of things gives
my work a new
Would you share with us the main
characteristics of your collection “02. Mountain
The new collection arose from the inspiration
of two pictures: "Wanderer above the Sea of Fog" (1818) by Caspar David
Friedrich, and my illustration "Cube Cat".
The latter features
two cats on the bottom and two mountains in the background, behind
them. I imagined climbing this mountains and wondered what it would look
like once you got to the top and you were exposed to the sublime
surroundings and the landscapes.
That's how I came up with the
name of the collection - "02. Mountain Trip". With this collection I
therefore created the structure and the layer of that landscape.
I also transformed the mountain from my illustration "Cube
Cat" into a pattern for my "Mountain Peak"
What would be a major and welcome
professional challenge at this stage in your life?
the moment, GUNEE Homme is producing shirts and bow ties. A welcome
professional challenge at this stage would be the expansion of the
product range. I have many ideas and actually start to work on them, but
I think it's important to finish the work on one piece, before starting
to work on another. I'm a real perfectionist. And as long as I'm not
finished and happy with the quality of a piece or product, I can't start
to work on another