Tonight sees the launch of our latest exhibition, Pray Babes, Pray, a hymn to the beauty of Catholic stained glass windows via the medium of digital fashion prints. Artist Felippe Johann, half Italian, half German but hailing from Sao Paulo in Brazil gives us the rundown of what to expect ahead of the private view…
Can you outline your inspiration for Pray Babes Pray?
Pray Babes, Pray is a never ending project related to the repetition of patterns. I am a sucker for pattern making and I find it outstandingly beautiful when a image is created by a single pattern. Stained glass windows are a very good example of that and I felt extremely inspired to create a project related to prints for textiles/fashion with that subject in mind. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and bring a conventional craft with contemporary colours and treatment.
Why does the Catholic Church over any other denomination have such an impact on your work?
I think it’s an outrageous the amount of art work you can find in a single cathedral, it’s like… who’s got all that money?
Who is getting you excited during London Fashion Week so far?
Balenciaga and Alexander Wang?? What was that all about ? Can’t wait to see the results… And I have been following Bora Aksu, Fyodor Golan and the obvs Meadham Kirchhoff, Louise Gray, Gareth Pugh… love love love!
What kind of influence has your upbringing had on your work?
Oh Babes, don’t get me started on that one, I will spend an essay trying to explain being brought up by an Italian mother and German father in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ha! I have learned from an early age that I had to put in tons of hard work to get what I wanted in life and I am so grateful for this.
What’s your favourite piece in the exhibition and why?
I love this piece because of the colour combination and the 3D effect I managed to create. I can’t wait to print it in a rich silk and give it to my mum to wear it as scarf.
Join Felippe tonight for the Pray Babes, Pray private view here at Dalston Superstore from 7pm – 2:30am.