HEAVENLY COMPOSITION. Collagist Fajar P. Domingo reaches new heights in this year’s #GucciGram Tian art project
Earlier this year, Gucci unveiled the second installment of the second #GucciGram Tian, a digital art project revolving around the fashion house’s Tian print. For this collaborative venture, creative director Alessandro Michele called for submissions from every nation under the heavens (only the Asia-Pacific region, actually; but “heavens” has a nicer ring to it, and is also the literal meaning of the word “tian”).
One of the works eventually selected was a set of collages made by Jakarta-based artist. DA MAN caught up with self-styled “amateur” collagist to learn more about his work for Gucci and his own style.
DA MAN: Your artwork has been selected and featured by Gucci for #GucciGram Tian. How did you first find out about this project?
Fajar P. Domingo: Mr. Alessandro Michele emailed me out of the blue, asking me to collaborate with Gucci on the #GucciGram Tian promotion. He had chosen over 10 artists from all across Asia for #GucciGram Tian; I’m lucky to be one of them.
DA MAN: What was it that motivated you to take part?
Fajar P. Domingo: I saw the Gucci Tian pattern and it matched my style and taste. And when a well-known brand like Gucci gives me an opportunity to collaborate with them, of course it’s great.
DA MAN: Can you tell us about the idea behind the artwork that you submitted?
Fajar P. Domingo: Nature has its own beauty. We have to look closer and with an open mind to feel it.
DA MAN: Was this piece your sole submission, or did you send in more than one?
Fajar P. Domingo: I made two pieces and Gucci used both.
DA MAN: Will this lead to any future collaboration between you and Gucci?
Fajar P. Domingo: Yes, they [Gucci] say there will be more projects.
DA MAN: Looking back, how did you become the collagist that you are today? Has this art form always been your biggest passion?
Fajar P. Domingo: Yes, it is! I’m actually a graphic designer and collage is my biggest passion since I was kid when I would cut up my sister’s magazines and create my own world.
DA MAN: Do you have any new or upcoming projects that you can share with us?
Fajar P. Domingo: Some of the biggest local fashion brands have been contacting me, but it’s still confidential for now. I’ll let everybody know soon.