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#ONETOWATCH FROM FASHIONCLASH FESTIVAL 2018: Sam Schobbe
Graduate Collection MAFAD! May I introduce you to designer Sam Schobbe?! A print designer, born in Maastricht. She is one of the big talents from the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. She has a passion for everything that is related to print and design. She is interested in how materials react with each other and how she can create textures and layers with paint. She makes these types of prints on large canvases. The canvases are then transferred to digital prints and at the final production stage applied to fabrics. Her work is characterized by the combination of bold and bright colours, in combination with a special post-production treatment of the fabric.
KALTBLUT: Fashion – My Religion.. what does this means to you?
Fashion is a part of your own being. You can express yourself in the clothes you are wearing. The prints I designed are showing my expression and emotion. The prints, which are now implemented in Fashion, show that they are my own being, my religion.
KALTBLUT: Hello. Welcome to KALTBLUT. Why have you decided to participate at FASHIONCLASH Festival?
First of all, Fashionclash build a good platform for young talents and designers over the last 10 years. I know the team of Fashionclash well because I already worked there as a model from the beginning on. While walking the shows I was inspired by all the creative people I met. I had decided to study at MAFAD and when it was time to graduate I couldn’t imagine a better platform than Fashionclash to showcase my work. They have a big crowd that is following them on social media as well as in person at the shows. For young starters like me, this is a big opportunity to be in their spotlight and get the exposure that we need to reach a wider audience.
KALTBLUT: Can you tell us something about the collection you presented at the FASHIONCLASH Festival 2018? What was your inspiration?
With my graduation collection WHIRLWIND, I want to display and make my ADHD tangible. In many cases, society labels ADHD as a disorder, but I show that there is true power in this deviation from the norm. WHIRLWIND is a print collection based on the positive characteristics from ADHD translated into designs and fabric. With the use of bright colors I transform the many stimuli and diverging thoughts that my ADHD cause.
KALTBLUT: What kind of material did you used for the collection?
For the prints I combined all kind of paints, I am interested in the way how the different characteristics are reacting with each other. I digitalized the prints and translated them to fabrics as ecological cotton and especially a lot of silk. On the printed fabrics I did an extra post-production processing to give the fabric a relief and a shiny effect when the person wearing the outfit is moving.
KALTBLUT: What challenges did you face during the design process?
I did research on fabrics which are printable. This was the heaviest part of the process. The fabrics are hard to find and the process of printing is very expensive. It took a while before I found a good producer. Because I am a textile designer I also had to hire people to carry out my collection. To find these good people who live up to their commitments, people, where you can rely on, was also a tricky thing. Now I have found the right people and I am very grateful for their help.
KALTBLUT: How would you describe your self and your work?
My work is a reflection of my personality, I am always busy, that’s why my collection is called Whirlwind. The collection is colorful, happy, and the prints always are like a kind of movement.
KALTBLUT: What would you say that is the biggest influence to your design process?
My thoughts, because of the ADHD I constantly have so many thoughts. While painting I can let these thoughts go, and drop them on the canvas. Jackson Pollock paintings are one of my biggest sources of inspiration.
KALTBLUT: If you had not become a fashion designer, what would you do instead?
I have a passion for kids, they are so pure and fair. I have been babysitting since I was 12 years old. When I would not be in this creative sector as a textile designer I think I would start a day-care for babies and kids.
Well, that is a difficult question. I feel honored by everyone who wants to wear my clothes and feels comfortable in it.
KALTBLUT: What was the first item you have ever designed? And who was the lucky one to get it?
Actually, my graduation collection whirlwind is the first collection in which my prints have been applied. The collection is made entirely on my own sizes so I am the lucky one. On Fashionclash Festival Elio Heres spotted my collection and he was the first one who was wearing a piece of my collection. My first client who bought a real SamS is Chequita Nahar, a jewellery designer and also the director of MAFAD.
KALTBLUT: What can we expect from you in near future?
For now, I want to make special and unique items for people on request. Maybe later I will make a limited edition size series from my prints en textiles, especially after all the positive reactions to the show.