From Text to Object – From Object to Text
Duration: Juni 26, 2020 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Teatro Feronia
Slavna Martinovic is an instructional artist and a costume designer. She was born in Belgrade and grew up in Hong Kong. Martinovic creates designs for film, dance, opera, theater and fashion, whereby she never looses sight of the fact that, for her, clothes remain an artistic medium. In her long professional career she has worked for the international stage, such as the Cologne Theater, the Göteborg Opera, the National Theater of Chaillot Paris, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House, the Spiral Hall in Tokyo, the Stadsschouwburg of Amsterdam, the Concert Theater in Bern and the Moscow Ballet. Her creations have been written up in leading magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and Another Magazine. Additionally, her designs were displayed in the museum of the Bukhrushin National Theater in Moscow in connection with the exhibition "The Costume at the Turn of the Century 1995 – 2015."
After graduating from the London College of Fashion in 1977, Martinovic was promoted by the legendary makeup artist Theadora Van Runkle in Los Angeles (Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather II, New York New York). At the same time, she was also active in the Film and Music industries.
In 2009 Martinovic received her MA in Multimedia Arts from the University of Arts in Belgrade. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of Fashion and Styles at the Academy of Arts in Vienna.
Slavna Martinovic lives between Frankfurt, Vienna and Los Angeles, depending on where her work leads her.
The workshop aims to unpack what it means to create costumes in a contemporary context, for both the interpretation of the classics as well the multidisciplinary pieces that involve different mediums like dance video or live music. The workshop aims to illustrate my creation process, that always starts with textual concept and never a sketch.
Influenced by many years of creation for both fashion and films, I will present my mixed method of working and reworking of found garments, unusual materials, also sharing some of my techniques that inquire the investment detailed hand work like folding, or the use of digital printing, encouraging ruthless mixing of materials in creation of a garment less ordinary. All the while never losing the context of the stage in its totality, the performer in totality - his whole body, the gesture, the makeup and hair, mobilizing the costume to galvanize the energy of the performer.
The first part of the day will be reserved for the lecture followed by the lunch break and in the second part of the day the public will be encouraged to take an opportunity in creating a costume concept using means they feel comfortable and creating a miniature costume from the different materials and garments they will have available, using folding, draping, glue and hand sawing to create this miniature models that can be later reinterpreted in pattern. The public can choose if they wish to present the outcome to their peers.