Rafal Rola (Lublin, Poland). Philosophy graduate, artist and fashion designer. His art consists mainly of portraits full of organic textures, light and darkness; being present in diverse elements of composition.
Boom-Wear: They say that one of the biggest compliments you can say to an artist is “dude, your style unmistakable and unique”. Well Rafal, your style is unmistakable and unique.
Rafal Rola: I have been striving for creating my own, unique style for some time. As a matter of fact I am still working on it. All the time I experiment and try to enhance it.
I guess that this process is rather spontaneous but every artist gets inspired by something. Where does Rafal Rola look for inspiration?
Every single thing that surround us is somehow inspiring. I draw inspiration from music, movie and people around me. If I was to name some artists, there would be Witkacy, Beksinski and Giger
Why did you pick Star Wars as a main theme of your latest fashion collection? Somebody could say that it’s boringly popular but you decided to make the most of it.
For me Star Wars are very inspiring. The aesthetic of the series is thrilling! I am a big fan of Ralph McQuarrie – the guy behind the Star Wars’ visual style. I decided to mix my style with the world of George Lucas and present it in a unique way. I dare say that I succeeded. This year I was surprised to get a message from Disney Lucasfilm Press. I participated in one of the projects related with the upcoming “The Force Awakens”. Although the design brief changed, I still consider it a great success.
Wow! That’s the best proof that you made it with you efforts to “recreate” Star Wars. How did you come up with an idea to create your own clothes?
I got texted by Live Heroes. They offered me an opportunity to do that and I thought that It was going to be a good idea… That’s it.
And was it a good idea? In my opinion your work looks terrific and may attract a lot of Star Wars fans. Especially now, just before the release date of “The Force Awakens”.
Yes, sure! However, my art won’t suit everybody. I think that it goes straight to the hearts of specific group of people and I don’t necessary mean the Star Wars fanatics (no offence!).
Do you already plan another collection?
I work spontaneously. I wouldn’t use the word “collection”. I try to create whenever I got a bit of free time.
Could you name your favourite piece of art?
I would definitely list the “Astronaut” and “2246153” series. Oh, and of course the portrait of my wife :).
Any tips for the beginning fashion designers?
Yes, first think, then act. In the Internet there are plenty of shops selling so called “full-prints”. We are overwhelmed by a variety of patterns. Most of them are derivative, some violate the copyright. The fundamental thing is to elaborate your own style!