Kelbin Lei for #GucciGram Tian
If you have yet to follow @Gucci on Instagram, now is about as good a time as any to do so. Because since almost a week ago, Gucci has embarked on its second #GucciGram series where artists were approached and tasked to interpret prints and motifs of the season.
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The first installment had illustrators and image-makers from all over focus solely on the Gucci Blooms and Gucci Caleido motifs. As Instagram is a hub for photos and 15-second videos, artists were free to use either for their artworks. And with an average of about 30,000 likes per artwork, it’s safe to say that both fashion and art lovers alike are appreciating the art curated by Creative Director Alessandro Michele himself.
JaeSuk Kim for #GucciGram Tian
The follow-up, #GucciGram Tian, brings together Asian artists to remix the oriental-inspired Gucci Tian (‘Tian’ means sky or heaven in Chinese) prints. Drawing references from Chinese paintings that date back to the 10th century, Gucci Tian sticks to Michele’s romanticized sensibilities by depicting hummingbirds and butterflies painted among tree branches and blooms. It makes perfect sense then for Gucci to provide Asian artists a platform to interpret an aspect of their culture for the modern times and in the digital age. We also like that invited writers captioned each artwork in both English and the native language of the artists’ countries. Respect.
Charles Loh for #GucciGram Tian
Founder of MOSSINGGARDEN, a compendium of handcrafted terrariums, Charles Loh’s contribution centers around his love for bottling up nature. The Gucci Tian print serves as the backdrop to his terrarium that’s almost mimicking the aesthetic of the print.
David Chan for #GucciGram Tian
Known for his realistic paintings of humans, animals and hybrids of both, David Chan’s work is quite reminiscent of René Magritte’s. His painting of a sulking boy with the head of a gorilla is definitely unforgettable and fits in with the similar palette of the Gucci Tian print.
Teresa Lim for #GucciGram Tian
Teresa Lim chose her own Sad Girls Club series of embroideries for her #GucciGram Tian debut. The Gucci Tian print acts as the frame to the embroidered sad girls, a pretty quirky juxtaposition since we’d be more than happy to be covered in all things Gucci.
Catch the rest of the #GucciGram Tian artwork over at @Gucci and its microsite. And if you can’t get enough of Alessandro Michele’s artistic point of view, follow his lesser known personal Instagram account (36,000 followers for a fashion designer of a famed brand is rather low) @lallo25.