“I have always desired for my work to inspire further creativity. Today I find myself creating textile art which has begun to warp and weft its way into the fabric of fashion, dance and expansive dialogue.” - Oona D’mello, Est. Form co-founder.
Oona D’mello is the artist & artistic director for this Edition II – Series titled : Movement. With an educational background from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, she is a represented visual artist, exhibited globally for over a decade, an entrepreneur, and driving conversations around collaboration, art in its many forms. Her two creations in textile art for this edition, challenge the notion of art existing on a wall alone. Oona believes that art has the ability and must strive to ‘Exist Everywhere’, creating deeper and wider engagement from the world. The work of this artist was the starting point and has set in motion the work and creations of all other collaborators.
"There's something really special about using the art as fabric, knowing that the story of movement that this process is telling, is going to continue to be told on a moving body" – House of Sohn, Designer, Est. Form co-founder
Post her education around the world, House of Sohn Founder, Sohni Patel found her hands-on training at the ateliers of Nanette Lepore, Marchesa and Duro Olowu in New York. In this Edition, the designer uses Oona’s original textile artworks, and physically integrates them into House of Sohn’s original designs. These pieces are limited edition and bespoke.
“The right collaboration can bring a new element to your ‘art routine’, which inspires you to create something different from what you have done before” – Olga Malinovskaya, Ballerina
Olga Malinovskaya is from the Bolshoi Ballet. She has danced for the reputed Boston ballet, amongst many others and now resides in Monte Carlo, France. Inspired by unusual collaborations, Olga created an improv piece, titled “Blackbird” , in response to a Wearable Art Jacket (by Artist, Oona D’mello & Designer, House of Sohn). It is critical to note that this piece was created in lockdown by the dancer, in virtual communication with her collaborators.
Sasha is a composer, pianist, improviser, singer and concept - creator, he works in the fields of, improvised, contemporary and new music, world, jazz, electronic, rock using elements of industrial, avant-garde, classic and more. He has an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach that involves collaborations in the fields of modern dance, multimedia, and literature. He is the creator of his own musical doctrine, called "Exprovisation".
Sasha has composed the music for the impov piece titled “Blackbird” , a response piece by Olga Malinovskaya to a Wearable Art Jacket (by Artist, Oona D’mello & Designer, House of Sohn).
Pia Sutaria, trained in ballet for 18 years, has performed across the globe with Navdhara (India’s premier dance Theater Company), has also performed at opening acts for Miss Universe and other prestigious platforms.
Pia has created a piece, dancing with an original artwork by Artist, Oona D’mello (artwork, titled “Reds”) where Pia explores the bounds of dance while interacting with art while engaging on a silent and creative scale.
Brothers Shivin and Sunny are a writer/ director team based between Mumbai and Los Angeles. Known for their award-winning narrative short films, the brothers are focused on telling human stories in hyper-stylised worlds. The duo has spent the last 5 years working independently and crafting stories that stand for their feminist & LGBTQIA+ beliefs.
They are the creators of 'Hues', a response piece featuring dancer, Pia Sutaria responding to artwork, Titled "Reds", created by artist, Oona D'mello.
Maqta' is Sarthak Karkare's solo project which combines his love for hindi and urdu poetry with diverse genres of music, exploring unconventional ways of making these beautiful languages palatable for all listeners.
Maqta has composed the music for 'Hues', a response piece filmed by Shivin & Sunny, featuring dancer, Pia Sutaria responding to artwork, Titled "Reds", created by artist, Oona D'mello.