Get to Know the Selected Artists Capturing what LGBTQ+ Looks Like for Eastpak 🏳️🌈
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95% of Millennials feel the words ‘live and let live’ are words to live by, accepting others and being non- judgemental. PRIDE is the global celebration of inclusion and equality, which has been celebrated since the 1970s. Every year thousands of people around the world take to the streets to tell their story and to show their support for an inclusive and equal world, where there is room for everyone.
This year, Eastpak will be part of that celebration, supporting PRIDE, the LGBTQ+ community, and empowering creators around the world to celebrate PRIDE with them. Sit back, relax, and get to know the Selected Artists and check out what LGBTQ+ means to them through their stellar work.
“I’m not a woman in design, I’m a designer”
Meet Kate Moross, an art director, illustrator, graphic designer and public speaker from London. Kate identifies as being non-binary and so forging to create their own identity, widely expressed through colourful typography illustration and design. Kate’s vibrant personality and the message they share with the world, has made a huge impact in the design world, globally.
"Portrait of Ilian"
The first time I saw Ilian was in a student play called The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? – he played the role of a gay, emotionally sensitive, 17-year-old son. I didn’t know anything about him, but something about his energy was really charming and I came up to him after the play to compliment on his performance. Then there were a few months of social awkwardness between us, until one night we met at the local bar and figured out that we both wanted to be friends... I was one of the first people Ilian officially came out to and I’m happy I could be there for him. He’ll always be a big inspiration to me with his talent for acting, his great taste in music and his comforting personality.
Relationships between women are complex. Sometimes we support ourselves, sometimes we fight without realizing that we are on the same side. The drawing represents this double behavior through the ambiguous image of a female figure who on one hand seems to clash with the second figure, on the other hand seems to lift it as if she needed help.
This self-portrait is part of a body of work exploring themes of gender and sexuality and how they interact with identity formation in a social world. An overarching theme in this series of work is the complexity of emotions that come with discovering and accepting my queerness, and developing my understanding of my own identity in the face of societal expectations. In this sense I contrasted bright colors to an emotional softness in my portraiture to highlight how complex it is to understand and display your identity as a queer person.
"Road to a better world"
This is an important moment in the world, specifically in my country, last year a law was approved that seeks to improve the integration of LGBTQ+ people into society, health and culture through a series of measures that seek to improve their quality of life now, and for future generations. A few months ago, a right-wing political movement tried to go backwards and they wanted to reverse the situation, try to eliminate the law and go backwards. This has been in my mind since then, and now with this proposal I feel that I will be able to express a little what is my opinion and my feeling.In this proposal I tried to capture the social movement taking the streets, a colorful journey of people who seek and believe in an egalitarian and inclusive world...
Taking inspiration from personal experience and life in conservative [sic] culture, I create this painting "closet". The painting depicts people who are part of lgbtq+ but are in the closet. The thought I wanted to show is what it is in the closet and how it feels to be in one. Living with a secret and not being really yourself is heartbreaking. Its an extra layer of struggle added to life where subjects like lgbtq+ are considered taboo and not appropriate... Using watercolour and acrylic paints, I made this painting taking inspiration from pride colours with portraits looking straight to the viewer expressing themselves and the emotions they experience in their lives in general.
Pride for me is the after effect of the journey of self-discovery, overcoming obstacles, bullying and rejection in the journey of self-discovery to find and proudly express yourself no matter how you identify... The portrait is built up by different layers overlaid by the different colours of the rainbow (the rainbow itself being the most iconic symbol of pride and the LGBTQ+ community). Each colour layer represents a different step in the journey self-discovery, their offset nature representing the struggle to find pride in ones’ self through this journey. Finally, all the overlaid colours build together to create the most solid and in focus portrait, symbolising the strength and pride that comes from the journey of self-discovery and how the past steps have contributed to this.
'Everybody say "LOVE!"' -RuPaulThis is a portrait of what love can look like. It comes in so many shapes, sizes, genders, values... And yet here it is, in all its [sic] glory. Love should be accessible regardless of your sexual preference... you are WORTHY of love!
Mathis comes from the small town in Germany where I studied. I saw him there for the first time. A calm, beautiful, young man. Later I met him again in Berlin, loud and colorful - and beautiful. Mathis is (for me) PRIDE.
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