ingletvonsinglet artist & designer selfie for The Selfied magazine

Inglet Von Singlet, An Artist & Designer from Melbourne Australia @ingletvonsinglet 

What was the situation in which this photo was taken?

At a girlfriends hens party themed “scrubbers or hoes” (or something like that)

Could you tell us something about what you do?

I design and produce music festival clothing (primarily electronic) – so: colourful and patterned leggings, catsuits, embellished hats, glasses, massive earrings, reflective jackets, bumbags etc for both men and women. I also paint and exhibit female nudes (when time allows).

How did you first become interested in it?

I’ve had an interest in electronic music since the late 1980’s and both collected and played it (as a dj), so I’ve been involved in electronic music culture and festivals since then. I used to love making my own costumes and clothes and often for friends, when one day I thought “I wonder if I could do this for a living?” I have a background of being an art director in the advertising industry, so I have knowledge of design/print and web to be able to do the marketing side of things – so hence I made my decision.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I love the freedom of creating exactly what I want and I love making outlandish costumes for myself and others. The sky’s the limit and I love sourcing unusual fabrics and new technology to incorporate into my lines. It’s great not having to answer to anyone and having no rules. I enjoy pushing myself and seeing where my imagination goes. It’s also very diverse – which I love.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m creating 3 or 4 embellished hats for the upcoming Burning Seed and Rainbow Serpent festivals as well as designing catsuits for those as well. I found some distressed, silver perforated leather the other day, so I’m making an experimental bum bag sample too.

What are the challenges in what you do, and how do you overcome them?

The challenges are really around managing my business – which I’ve never done before so there’s a lot of admin, budgeting, stock taking and organisation – all of which are my weak areas – but I like the challenge of trying to be good at those, so I’m developing processes which suit my nature and hopefully they will work 🙂

Could you describe your personal style?

If I had to name it, I guess it would be “playful, feminine tomboy”. I like to have a different colour theme every day (I make sure there are never more than 3 dominant colours) and I like to mix unexpected things with contrasting patterns together. I also love lots of layering and accessories – especially hats, gloves and scarves. I also try to make the whole look really fun and playful – and a bit carefree – like I haven’t tried too hard – (so undone shoe laces, one strap of an overall hanging to the ground etc) I don’t like to look like everyone else.

What is your present state of mind?

Really happy and excited – My mind is exploding with ideas and possibilities of new creations. I’m also a bit nervous and anxious about the upcoming festival markets as I’ve never done them before. All good though 🙂

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Always techno and other electronica. (Alex Niggemann, Andreas Henneberg, Groove Delight, The Chosen Two, Pan Pot, Satoshi Tomiie etc) I love it – it makes me happy and gives me energy and makes me feel like dancing!

Which artists or designers inspire you?

Ghost Patrol, Banksy, Jeff Koons, Mark Ryden, David laChappelle, Vivian Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, Augustus Klimt, Salvador Dali, Rennie Ellis and heaps more.

What is the purpose of art, in your view?

To make the world a more beautiful place (visually), to inspire others in some way and to provoke positive thought.

How do you spend your free time?

Visiting friends, exercising, dancing, researching new ideas, discovering new music and recently practising mixing it on my new toy (Traktor).

Ingletvonsinglet catsuit