JUSTIN SMITH - THE HEART
January 1st 1978 | British | own line: J SMITH ESQUIRE
“(HE)ARTwork for the ARK”
Justin was asked to develop an object, an artwork, that represents the spirit of Swatch and its commitment to supporting young creative talents (especially with the Swatch Art Peace Hotel). The “object” will remain in the Arcademy as a “founding stone” of this new project and as a memento of Swatch & ITS relationship. It will be at the heart of the new adventure, an emotional and emotion-generating piece.
Feel FREE. Follow your EMOTIONS. Work with your HEART. Create an artwork that becomes a statement of who you are – and that includes the 4 pillars of Swatch language: COLOR – TRANSPARENCY – MOVEMENT – LIGHTNESS. We ask your work to represent a strong emotion, to carry a positive message, to celebrate energy and creativity.
We expect your work to be a pulsing, lively, powerful, and fun! piece."
In partnership with:
Building The Ark INSIGHTS, the backstories from our Building The Ark web series.
In the insight of Episode 6 "JOURNEY" we're introduced to Tomasz Donocik, celebrated jewellery designer and former ITS finalist collaborating with Justin for his project Building The Ark.
We also find out about "Utopia", the concept developed for the 15th edition of ITS held in 2016 (the surreal and quasi-psychedelical space our muse travels through in episode 6).
We get to know more about Post Carbon Lab and the bacterial coating that is applied onto Olivia Rubens' outfit, turning it into a living organism with photosynthetic / pollution-filtering properties.
Noa Baruch, Justin Smith and Olivia Rubens begin to close in on the final realisation of their pieces. Study, develop, experiment are key in unleashing creativity and in this episode we will be spectators.
Noa is transitioning from her two-dimensional sketches to the three-dimensional prototypes, developing tests and solving problems along the way. Justin is receiving ITS Family support from acclaimed jewellery designer and past finalist Tomasz Donocik for the development of the silver parts of his headwear piece. Olivia is applying the bacterial coating that will apply photosynthesis to her outfit turning it green (from all points of view).
As the projects come closer and closer to their completion, magical plants will guide us through an inner journey to discover the link to our final destination
Building The Ark INSIGHTS: get to know all the backstories of Building The Ark. The prequels, the people, the spoilers, the buzz!
In the insight of Episode 5 of our BTA web series we step inside the Headquarters of ITS, located in the same building where ITS Arcademy will be, and we get to know Trieste, a small city on the Adriatic coast of Italy, far from the usual beaten paths of fashion, which has always been the home of ITS.
This is where ITS staff perpetually works to analyse, catalog and preserve all the portfolios collected in 20 years. The portfolios are central to the history of ITS and they go from wildly artistic to pragmatically technical.
Finally, this insight presents the amazing photo project currently in progress by Azimut Studio with photographer Massimo Gardone, which will be premiered during the online event in November 2021.
Our 3 designers receive feedback on their proposals and share their thoughts and goals.
Like guardian angels, invisible to the naked eye but perceptible to the soul, we will visit the places and connect with the people making ITS Arcademy a reality.
Swatch continues to support ITS, now through ITS Arcademy, in the fitting form of a
collaboration between milliner Justin Smith and Swatch Art Peace Hotel for a project
based on the concept of HEART.
In the ideal continuation of Swatchâs support to ITS and now to ITS Arcademy, milliner
Justin Smith is working on the Swatch Art Peace Hotel project based on the concept of
HEART. His artwork will remain in the ITS Arcademy as a founding stone and as a
memento of the Swatch & ITS relationship.
In this episode we visit Justinâs workshop and witness his sources of inspiration and
craftsmanship, as he ponders over love and creativity. A multifaceted symbol, a Heart,
with a little dose of training and commitment, will transport us inside a fantastic lucid
Building The Ark INSIGHTS: get to know all the backstories of Building The Ark.
The prequels, the people, the spoilers, the buzz!
Episode 1 INSIGHT: Olivia, Justin, Noa and ITS, International Talent Support
Noa, Justin and Olivia. Three fashion designers working on three concepts to create amazing pieces of art.
Get to know them, see their faces, visit their places of work. Discover how they are preparing for this journey.
Meanwhile another journey is beginning, wakening up from 2020 directly in 2021, an adventure that will take us through the past, the present and the future of ITS.
OTHER DESIGNERS IN THE SERIES
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TALENT SUPPORT
International Talent Support was launched in 2002 and throughout its 19-year history it has developed into the most highly recognized platform to showcase & support the strongest young talents on the planet. Most importantly, it created an ever-growing family supporting creativity, like branches on a tree growing in different directions, yet nurtured by the same roots. It has built an impressive Creative Archive, a unique collection tracing the history of fashion evolution. Many of the 630 finalists were selected by top fashion brands where they now hold key positions, or have successfully developed their own lines.
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ABOUT ITS ARCADEMY
The magic of an archive collection holding 18.000 portfolio, over 325 outfits, 152 accessories, 103 jewelry and over 700 photo projects, is at the heart of Arcademy, leading to exhibition spaces dedicated to the Permanent Collection and temporary exhibits; articulating into multifunctional rooms and workshops: a concentration of knowhow and learning, of what could be and what already is. A panorama of projects that are not just to be viewed but narrate the creative process where they came from and their story. A trove of primary materials and repurposed materials to tell new stories, always selected with care and attention to environmental impact.
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