Tell us a bit about yourself and the work you do?
My name is Jake Stollery, I am an emerging artist with a passion for fashion, art and technology. The work I do encompasses a variety of mediums, print, projection and digital visual arts, sculpture, animation and motion graphics, sculpture, 3D printed jewellery and fashion design.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere, my imagination doesn’t switch off, I’m constantly mindful of anything that should happen to catch my eye. Living in a city full of culture and interesting people helps greatly, so does spending a hour wandering online. Having said that, I try to find inspiration via mediums different from mine. Whether they be music or writing, performance, video games or UI design, rather than merely my own field of ‘visual arts’. Closing my eyes as I listen to beautiful music whilst my imagination races with ideas, is truly a luxury of existence.
What defines your creative process?
My creative process will vary upon my objective, the narrative or message. Being a multidisciplinary artist means that I can choose whichever process I find most effective for delivering the concept. I have an insatiable passion for technology, so any new peripheral, device or process I may have heard about, is always something I’m impassioned to explore.
Do you often collaborate with others or do you prefer to work solo?
Apart from the collaboration of working with models and make-up artists, I prefer to do most things myself. The desire to create everything yourself ignites a drive to know more, to learn and try new mediums or ways of being creative — it’s opportunities like this which are most rewarding. You can’t be good at everything, but you can practice new skills and better yourself, I’ve found being versatile the most rewarding and humbling pursuit. I’m definitely open to collaboration though, it’s very important to play nice with others!
You’ve produced work that incorporates fashion design, photography, projection graphics and 3D printing, how did you become introduced to each of these skills?
I have worked in fashion ever since I graduated from university, where I studied visual effects and 3D animation for movies and video games. As a result, motion graphics and design are second nature. Photography was a passion I found during university, the exquisite detail you would see from capturing — at the time, high resolution of 8 mega-pixels — was so fascinating. Zooming in an seeing all the flecks of dust, I discovered there was another world through the lens. To think now, that I can capture even higher detailed images via a phone I keep in my pocket, is amazing. That’s what I love about technology and science in general, it’s humbling. Knowing what has come before, allows one to appreciate the incredible advances we have now. Curiosity, desire to learn and being bold, fearless and confident in the face of failure, are the most important skills a person can have.
What role does technology play within your work, and how does this intersect with your fashion and art work?
I’m a huge fan of technology and fashion. They parallel each other, too — both are constantly changing, relentlessly advancing and to me, becoming more and more interesting. There is never a dull moment or time to grow tired. As a result it’s only natural my creativity flows through these two passions of mine.
In 2012 you won the Stoli Vodka’s ORGNAL.TV prize which sent you to New York. What was this experience like and what impact has it had on your career?
It was an amazing experience and an incredible opportunity, the chance to be flown to New York and exhibit my work at what was essentially a crazy loft party. I made many friends from the experience, some of whom I’m still in regular contact with today. In terms of career advancement, any exposure an emerging artist can get, is hugely welcome. Whilst my life isn’t yet, jet-setting around the world to exhibit work, I am in a much better place as a result of working with the fine ladies and gentlemen of Stoli Vodka. I cannot thank them enough for the opportunity and their generosity.
Your recent exhibition Data in Exile, was an exhibition bridging art, technology and fashion. What influenced this work and what was the final outcome?
I was given the amazing opportunity to do anything I so desired across two floors of a gallery and as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. I went all out and did everything I could, the whole process took literally months! On the top floor, works of clothing and 3D printed jewellery lined the walls. The lower floor featured photographic/digital printed pieces, stencil artwork and sculpture, along with animated work being displayed on a stunningly detailed, brand new UHD 4K display, provided by my kind technology sponsor, Hisense. Further to this, I had two runway shows with twelve models who would weave themselves across both floors — six male and six female — each wearing a unique look of clothing pieces, custom made and adorned or lined with unique print artwork. More so, these models had additional 3D printed jewellery designs, finished in gold plated brass, plastic and iron looking metal, covering their bodies. All of this was set to a stunning soundtrack, crafted specifically for the event by a musician friend of mine. Plus, my family kindly flew all the way to Melbourne to be there, so it made the whole event even more special than I could imagine.
Does living in Melbourne play a role in the success of your work?
Whilst the interconnected nature of our contemporary lives means it’s feasible to produce work anywhere across the world, having access to the numerous array of cultural events and spectacles, is not something I would want to let go.
What is your favourite body of work to date?
Typically, my favourite body of work is a mix of whatever I’m working on right now and the next ideas I have lined up in my imagination. However, the exhibition, Data In Exile is very much my favourite to date, as it was utterly encompassing and pushed every area of my creativity. That, and I had the opportunity to collaborate with a good musician friend of mine, Tyson, who kindly worked with me to write the aforementioned score for the runway show.
What is next for you?
I have a great many ideas, some small in scope, others, far, far larger. In the more immediate future, I wish to focus on sculptural pieces, works of a tactile nature have only just begun to pique my interest!