Volt launched their first app transforming the editorials of the issue 14 into artwork.
‘Volt Introduces’ 10 young artists who were commissioned to interpret ten editorials from Volt 14 into a vision of their own, using illustration, film, animation and photography, with illustration as the focal point.
Download the Volt App here 

To get to know the young talents more, we had a short interview with them.
Let us introduce: illustrator Kristina Gedris.

Volt Café: Where do you get your inspiration?
Kristina Gedris: I get inspiration from everything I see to be honest, but mainly from other artists. I like combining different media when I am in a creating process; this is the key for a successful piece for me. Basically, the working process itself has to be inspiring, otherwise it seems to me I am doing something wrong.

VC: How would you describe your work?
KG: As I am studying fashion illustration my work is usually along those lines. I always try to make my illustrations look visually experimental and to highlight something that I think is the most important thing.

VC: What would you like to tell to the world with your work?
KG: I think it’s the documentary of the aesthetic beauty in our world, but in my way of seeing it.

VC: What are your biggest achievements so far?
KG: I participated in two exhibitions in Moscow, Russia:Termin contest (2012) and We Art Weekend (2012).
At the moment I am studying Fashion Illustration at London College of Fashion.


VC: In your work is fashion illustration an art form or purely as means to document?
KG: I’m prone to answer that fashion illustration as an art form is the closest way to express my ideas. I also like the phrase ‘to document’ as a concept of fashion illustration, for me it means a clean expression of certain ideas.

VC: What do you think is the future for fashion illustrators?
KG: The future for fashion illustration is difficult to imagine I suppose, because it will develop in parallel with fashion. It’s an exciting thing to discuss.

VC: Are there or should there be any boundaries to break in fashion illustration?
KG: I think there are always will be boundaries to break in any form of art as we are developing civilisation.

VC: Are you encouraged, when you are developing your style for your drawings, that there has to be in a specific look?
KG: The teachers at school always encouraging students to show initiative, I’d say the British system of study is actually all about self-studying under tutor guiding. They want all students to be different, so they can learn from each other and it works for me, as last year I had a chance to collaborate with a very talented student and I learnt a lot from her.


VC: What is your goal as a professional?
KG: At the moment I want to get experience through internships in the fashion industry. Later, I’d like to try working in fashion graphic design.

VC: Who would you have a creative pow-wow with for half an hour?
KG: It could be any creative person really. Would be great if it was some artist from the 20th century such as Rene Gruau for example. That could be a brilliant experience!

VC: Are there any fashion houses particularly that inspire you?

KG: Celine has always been my favourite one, because of their campaigns, which are photographed by the amazing Juergen Teller. The smart simplicity of this fashion house has had a great influence on me.

VC: What do you think of London’s fashion scene? Are you inspired by the people on the street?
KG: I believe that people in London are too creative sometimes with their appearance, but that is what makes this city inspiring, I guess.

VC: With one word describe London, Milan, Paris, New York, Stockholm, Berlin, Guadalupe and Tokyo fashion?
KG: London is amusing and nutty, Milan is feminine, Paris is classy, New York is trendy, Stockholm is casual, Berlin is confident, Guadalupe is folk and Tokyo is way too creative.
Actually, I would say that fashion is almost the same in every country today, with some tiny differences. As a person who comes from Russia, I’d say that fashion trends come from the West and eventually gets to the East, but maybe somewhat delayed and modified.

Interview by Regina Sepp


Kristina Gedris, Regina Sepp,