Humeau’s new sculpture, Rise, reenacting the first cross-pollination between a male and female grapevine plant, was installed in Italy’s Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo art park in October. Alongside this homage to local winemaking traditions, the artist shared her recipe for white truffle ravioli for our Artist’s Palate series (page 154), fittingly paired with a glass of biodynamic wine. She is currently working on a solo show at New York gallery Clearing, opening in January.
SOPHIE GLADSTONE Photography editor/photographer
Not content with just commissioning and writing about photography for us, Gladstone is also an accomplished imagemaker herself – so much so that she was recently announced as one of the British Journal of Photography’s Ones to Watch. She shot this month’s menswear news story (page 037). ‘There was an interesting dynamic between the models, myself and fashion director Jason [Hughes], as while we could see the models, they were unable to see us due to the way the set was built.’
The Japanese-born, London-based Homma enjoys applying his playful perspective to both commercial and fine art photography, creating pop cultureinfluenced portraits tinged with nostalgia. This month, he shot our main fashion story (page 124) inspired by the seasonal catwalks that are the ski slopes. ‘I love skiing and fashion, and how the two combine on the slopes,’ he says of his shoot, which was inspired by the wind tunnels used by top skiers to train.
OPTICAL ARTS Creative studio
Founded by director Dan Tobin Smith, Optical Arts is known for its experimental approach and collaborative spirit, which it applied to our Space story (page 142) to breathtaking effect. ‘We were lucky to have such beautiful objects to work with,’ says art director Joe Jackson, pictured here, who worked on the project with six other team members. ‘The challenge was to do them justice via the 3D process, and give them a feeling of energy and movement.’
DAVID NANA OPOKU ANSAH
We commissioned Ghanaian filmmaker and photographer Ansah to shoot a collaboration between Botswana-based furniture brand Mabeo and fashion powerhouse Fendi (page 084), without being able to go on site: ‘The virtual shooting was a bit challenging, but it was nice to try something new,’ he says. Ansah is currently working on his Area Boys & Brotherhood project about young men coming of age in Ghana, focusing on themes of freedom, vulnerability and truth.
WAGNER KREUSCH Florist
The co-founder of the London Flower School, Brazilian-born, London-based florist Kreusch has a knack for arranging graphic bouquets inspired by Sogetsu ikebana. We tasked him with bringing some floral flair to our story on Nendo’s vases for Georg Jensen (page 045). ‘To arrange flowers in a Georg Jensen vase is a big tick on a florist’s list of dreams,’ says Kreusch. ‘I wanted it to look as organic as possible, so I spent hours hunting for plants and materials along the canal near my house.’