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Fashion Designer Michael Sontag
An extended portrait of fashion designer Michael Sontag for Scentury – Perfume Stories, which is an online platform that feature creative people from all over the world, and the things that connect them with perfume: fantasy, sensuality, vision, and inspiring stories. Scentury is the brainchild of Helder Suffenplan, (who is also one of the forces behind much acclaimed multi-platform and art project Upon Paper) and I was thrilled to be asked to participate with this extended portrait of my friend Michael Sontag.
“My parents never gave me the feeling that I need be afraid when leaving the house to explore the world around me. I was able to run wild in the woods and meadows, and to play with whatever nature and chance provided.” – Michael Sontag
Scents, and perfume is something that Helder cares deeply about and as he writes on the platform…
“PERFUME TELLS A THOUSAND TALES — AND EACH OF THEM BELONGS TO SOMEBODY
In 2011, when I first started to speak about my SCENTURY concept, I was staggered by the response. My friends shared with me memories of unforgettable moments, and how these are brought to life most vividly by a fragrance. I heard stories of summer days outdoors, bathed in the aroma of forests and meadows; of Asian timber temples, heavy with the fragrance of holiness; of dearly beloved grandmothers, with their own unmistakable mix of soap and musky ladies’ scent. And there were also tales of first love …
Fragrance stories are often funny, exciting, and romantic, but they can be sad or melancholy too. One thing is common to all of them however: they are intense and deeply personal! There are unique moments in life, which accompany us forever, for with the help of a certain aroma, they become deeply inscribed in our memories. And whenever the familiar fragrance crosses our path again, each cherished moment surges — unexpectedly, astonishingly, overwhelmingly — to the surface of our minds.”
Hahnemuhle Paper Fashion
Fashion designer Michael Sontag doesn’t sketch, draw or otherwise put his ideas down on paper before getting to work on his designs. Instead he intuitively and very much hands-on starts draping the fabric directly on his model – like a sculptor working with steel, glass or stone.
It’s his hands that are doing the work, directly manipulating the raw materials. The shapes are born directly from underneath his hands moving over a body and it’s this approach that leads to the fluidity, intimacy and movement of his pieces.
In this collaborative project Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper serves as his raw material. Folding, draping, moulding and ripping the paper he is creating instant and very short lived designs that only live long enough to be recorded on a computer chip in a camera.
It’s a very poetic mix of fashion, performance and semi-scientific research.
DIGITAL – WORK, PROCESS & IMAGINATION
This performance and dance-like piece is documented and digitalized by fashion photographer Per Zennstrom. Even though the resulting sculptural shapes are physical objects consisting of real paper they will only live for an instant, barely enough to be recorded and preserved in digital form before they are gone.
The digital output of Michael Sontags work is then presented on stage at Photokina, in theform of a fashion photo-shooting/performance which in many ways is a digital “reflection” and re-enactment of the first analogue session.
PAPER – THE END
As the process and performance nears the end the resulting images are again migrating back to the original media – paper. Large format prints from the photo shooting will be printed out on printers in plain view of the visitors…
This video consists of every frame I shot at the NoLimits project during Photokina 2012. 1903 frames…
Our project gets some attention at Photokina…
… here is a sneek-peak into an upcoming digital project that I’m preparing for this fall. I’m using a whole plethora of tools such as Screenflow, DMesh, Adobe Premiere, Lightrrom and Photoshop and the list is likely to get longer as we progress deeper into this.
I’m really happy and excited to announce that I will collaborate with fashion designer Michael Sontag on a fashion project slated for premiere during Fotokina in September 2012.
Meanwhile take a look at Michaels latest collection in the video above…
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This project consisting of both still-images and video, was published in QVEST Magazine’s 50th. Anniversary issue, as well as on leading video publishing platform Vimeo.
The project is an attempt to tell the story about fashion designer Michael Sontag’s relationship to his craft, his fabrics and his process of draping his fabrics directly on a model without any sketching or drawing…
A QR code, linking the magazine reader to an on-line video, was integrated into the layout, letting the reader instantly view a video on their smartphone, effectively layering different media (print/on-line video) on top of each other for a very rich reading/viewing experience.
“Fashion designer Michael Sontag doesn’t sketch, draw or otherwise put his ideas down on paper before getting to work on his designs. Instead he intuitively and very much hands-on starts draping the fabric directly on the model like a sculptor working with steel, glass or stone.
It’s his hands that are doing the work, directly manipulating the raw materials. The shapes are born directly from underneath his hands moving over a body and I imagine that it’s this approach that leads to the fluidity, intimacy and movement of his pieces.
Looking through his past collection I’m struck by the undeniable singularity and focus of his vision. It’s an understated and quietly luxurious woman, always in movement where the colors and textures always are at the forefront.”