61st International Leipzig (Germany) Festival for Documentary and Animated Film:
DOK LEIPZIG 29 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER 2018
written MALCOLM THOMAS
A Little Pill artwork available for sale, for inquiries e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
film Chris McElroy
© copyright + courtesy Tyler Swanner + Preston Douglas
written + interview Hannah Rose Prendergast
works_ © + The Artist: John Yuyi
© + Courtesy Artist
written + interview Valerie McPhail
Le Mile: How would you describe your art? Do you have an artist’s vision?
Phannapast: My art is another form of communication. It tells stories about my experiences or my view towards my surroundings. Sometimes, when I look back on it, it is like a personal diary. The art tells a lot about what kind of music I was listening to at the time, the book I am reading, or the people I have met.
Le Mile: What are your thoughts and opinions on the relationship between fashion and art?
Phannapast: Personally, I believe that art stays everywhere, including fashion. Fashion is the story of the art which appears on the body — in movements, and dimensions. Fashion speaks a lot about the mood, the perspective and the personality of a subject; therefore it is also a personal communication. Designing clothes requires a lot of creativity and imagination. There are different types of knowledge in fashion like fabric design — the choice of colors you use, silhouette design, the structure and the pattern of clothing. Combined with inspiration in the right amount this is when fashion and art meet.
Le mile: I would like to talk about your experience working with Gucci: how did the work and collaboration with Gucci manifest?
Phannapast: Alessandro Michele discovered my work on Instagram in 2016. Shortly after I collaborated with Gucci on 3 projects: GucciGramTian, The Fairy tale book for Le Marché des Merveilles Jewelry Collection, and, recently, Bloom Acqua di Fiori perfume. They are very important experiences I am very happy and proud of.
Le Mile: What is meaning behind the animal motifs in the work?
Phannapast: I use the animals to represent my feelings. Whether it is a tiger, a bird, a crocodile: they represent a part of myself. Sometimes I draw them with a mole below the lip because I have the same mole.
Le mile: Can you explain the story of your illustrations in this work?
Phannapast: In every Gucci project, there is always a story of myself. It is the experiences or how I think at that moment or something that I have been through: self-acceptance and how we can see the value of ourselves and the relationships with people around you. In every picture, there is a personal symbol hidden, the character's act and how it expresses itself. There is also a physical and visual expression. I use both to convey my message through expression.
Le Mile: Have you always created work in fashion and fashion illustration?
Phannapast: I always like to add a little fashion into my drawings. You can see the animal characters wear different clothing, sometimes, the flowery pattern has a little gimmick hidden in it, and sometimes I use the different palette of colors that is more special than the natural tone.
Le Mile: And you have a studio, Pommecopine Studio, which showcases your solo fashion and artwork. What is the heart and soul of this project? Can you explain the meaning behind the name?
Phannapast: Pommecopine is a nickname my friend gave me when I was studying branding at the university. It came from my personal hairstyle, which looks like an apple. Pommecopine first became my brand of clothing for dolls and figures. Now, my intention is to create Pommecopine as a brand that represents what I loved during my childhood. I still like dolls, patchwork, embroidery, or handmade knickknacks. That’s why I also organize workshops for people who are interested. Now, I have a mascot for the brand named Rainbow Sue, which I named after my mother. She represents happy days.
Le Mile: The platform extends beyond illustration into embroidery, beading and patchwork, what inspires you to create new forms of art?
Phannapast: Embroidery and patchwork are my hobbies. I’m thinking of combining them to my art. At the moment, I’m interested in creating a soft sculpture from fabrics.
Le Mile: Can you elaborate on the type of work we should anticipate next?
Phannapast: Right now, I want to bring out my world into a form of work that in tactile, something that you can interact and share experience with. It is my dream for the future which I will take time developing.
portraits_ © + The Artist
Artworks (illustrations)_ © + Courtesy Gucci