Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelvin Eugene Harris.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Originally, an illustrator, I stumbled into fashion design out of pure curiosity. In no time, I fell in love with the world of fashion. Luxury, streetwear, lingerie… Almost everything intrigues me, so I have always allowed myself to explore the limits of ideas. I’ve always been ambitious, so I love the challenge of turning my illustrations into three-dimensional works of wearable art.
Please tell us about your art.
I am an artist. But my preferred canvas is the body., so I do my best to design clothes that are flattering from every angle.
I am also a man of purpose and principle, so it has always been difficult for me to design clothing just for the sake of satisfying a trend or earning clout. Legacy is more important to me, so I don’t mind taking my time, and delivering what I feel the culture needs.
One of my latest challenges/projects is called HumanFlesh Denim. Basically, a conceptual denim-based ready-to-wear brand that aims to take on the challenge of sustainability, by up-cycling discarded articles of clothing into works of modern elegance.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I’m pretty sure it has always been difficult to be an artist. The cost of going all-in on your creative goals is that you sacrifice consistent income and healthcare. But it seems that, with this challenging economy, almost every artist is forced to do their art on the side. Everyone is in a squeeze, so their priorities have changed.
Because of this, there’s a real deficit of authentic creativity (notice, I didn’t say “originality”). Creatives tend to do what they think will either make them a quick buck or “put them on,” as they say. That’s hurting the culture more than anything.
Art is not something that you can make the public care about. Art becomes relevant when it speaks to people’s souls. By that, I mean it touches them in ways they may not fully understand. It’s more primal. More instinctual… And most creatives these days (including myself) approach I too systematically. Too intellectually…
It’s a by-product of the now-declining social media boom. Where social media used to guarantee your work could be seen all over the world, it now barely shows your work to people you know. So, artists are forced to go back to the drawing board.
Artists need to focus more on expressing themselves authentically and stop following the trends. And, I think more curators and event organizers (especially those with influence) need to shift their focus away from simply making a profit, and more towards featuring artists that are pushing the culture forward.
Both literally and metaphorically speaking, we need to go places we’ve never been before.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The website for HumanFlesh Denim is still a work in progress, but my portfolio is available at www.kelvineugeneharris.com.
People can also follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr (@kelvineharris).
- Website: www.kelvineugeneharris.com and www.hfdnm.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Kelvineharris and @humanfleshdenim
- Facebook: Kelvineharrisjr and Facebook.com/humanfleshdenim
Kelvin Eugene Harris