Clothes do maketh the person. We are all ourselves, essentially a blank canvas to broadcast to the outside world our beliefs and attitudes. Freelance artist Fanni Kopacsi, Founder of Thinkover – extraordinary clothing for unique people – is using fashion as an art-form, to celebrate individuality and realise self-awareness.
10mh had the pleasure of entering into the dressing up box of her mind to discuss design and creativity.
10mh: When did you first discover you had a passion for fashion?
It is actually a passion for art and self-expression. And fashion is a very powerful tool for that. I grew up in the alternative scenes of Budapest, Hungary, in love with punk and rock music. But as much as I was using clothing to rebel against the generally accepted norms, I also lacked self-confidence. I had a lot of skin problems, which – looking back now – was totally normal at that age, still, I was suffering from being able to express myself totally and I used my appearance as a shield to protect me. Plus, in that subculture it really didn’t matter how you looked and I admired it so much. You could be tall, short, gay, straight, black, white, it was more about being human and have fun together.
So, I guess those years had a very big impact on who I am now and what do I want to say with my clothes. By creating one-of-a-kind hand-painted pieces, I want to inspire people to be themselves, wear the things that express their personality the most and at the same time accept others the way they are. Don’t judge on a superficial appearance, be open and stay curious about each other.
10mh: Who are your influences or the artists you admire?
One of my favourite artists is Egon Schiele from Austria. I love his style of drawings and paintings. And an important influencer is Vivienne Westwood. She is representing something very important that most of the fashion industry nowadays tends to forget: that quality is more important than quantity and that we need to align our life and work – including shopping and producing clothes – in a way that we respect nature and not destroy the planet and the people.
10mh: How do you approach a new piece of work?
I get a lot of inspiration from people. Their personal stories allow me to be creative and think about the issues humanity and the planet face today and make me think how I can transform them into an artwork. Usually it all begins in my heart, then in my mind, drawing a sketch and a concept is born.
10mh: Is there one tool that you could not do without?
A sketchbook. I always have around 5 different sketchbooks/notebooks and I tend to never finish one before starting a new one!
10mh: If you could exhibit in one building/place where would you and why?
It would be a public space where I can reach people who would might never go into a gallery to see an exhibition. Like a commercial centre. Something not artistic at all. I think art sometimes can be very exclusive and reach only a certain type of people. I want my art to be as accessible as possible, by using the spaces and the language that people can engage with easily.
10mh: Describe a typical day in your studio…
I usually work on multiple things. On a piece of cloth, a canvas painting, then someone comes in and we lose in a discussion for an hour. Maybe I would need someone to manage my time, so I could be more efficient 😊
10mh: What are your ambitions for the future?
I see Thinkover becoming a platform where people can be totally honest about who they are, so it can serve as an inspiration for others. I am also working on making the brand as sustainable as possible by using sustainably-sourced fabrics and paints. And I want to do much more exhibitions with personal projects.
10mh: Do you have any advice for new artists starting out?
Just go for it and work for it. If you believe, you can achieve anything.