Featured Minds of Issue 6
Written + Photographed By majestic disorder staff
Inside Issue 6, we have explored across three continents to enter the homes of fascinating creative talents who are on the cutting edge and defining contemporary art, while we learned the root of their inspiration and expressionism.
Below is a collection of the latest Featured Minds and a brief digest. Their stories and photographs are exclusive to our magazine, which is available in select retailers worldwide and through our website.
NATALIE + ELLIOT BERGMAN
An initial pop sound paired with a range of deeper elements is what you get from the Chicago-based band, Wild Belle. Siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman have been long influenced by the creative and musical upbringing of their mother. When they aren’t recording music, they can be found at markets across the world appreciating the nature of handcrafted goods. In addition to their musical talents, they both create multimedia artwork with Elliot experimenting with painting and Natalie writing. They enjoy having the freedom of continually redefining their music and changing the direction of their sound with each released song.
VELMA ROSSA + PAPA PETIT
VISUAL COLLECTIVE ARTISTS
Visual artists Velma and Papa make up the brother-sister duo behind 2manysiblings in Nairobi, Kenya. With refreshing and unique style, the duo strives to produce visuals that work to reclaim the storyline of Africa. Deeply involved in transcending the foundation of art communication within their community, they continuously work to empower those pursuing an artistic calling. When they’re not working on new pieces, they’re hosting events with local artists and vendors to give back to their community and foster a place of collaboration amongst local talent.
After finding his passion for Iranian culture amongst his heritage, Joobin founded REORIENT, an online publication celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture. Growing up in Canada, though of Iranian descent, Joobin continues grappling with the philosophy of national identity. Though he did not grow up in Tehran throughout all his formative years, he strives to break down cultural barriers and enlighten readers of the diversity amongst regions in the Middle East. When he’s not under deadline, his love for rock music remains in his veins, a passion since childhood that he considers his “first love.”
LOS ANGELES, USA
Inspired by the freedom to cross borders, Los Angeles-based artist and Kenya native, Wamuhu, works to create a place to showcase artisan crafts from various cultures. Her online store, InfiniteMiss, brings together jewelry and treasures that exercise her passion for fair-trade exchanges while providing a story for indigenous communities. When traveling, she proceeds with empathy, while placing a strong importance on cultural appreciation that influences her perspectives. As a cultural activist, she looks for the soul of an item, something she feels is absent in most of our daily lives.
STEVEN JACQUES + SWANN AMDÉO
rom finding love in a Parisian metro station to launching a menswear fashion line, Steven and Swann have created a brand that takes both a multicultural and sustainable stance. Having grown up in Paris with a stint in London, the duo agree the city was an an embracing atmosphere that enabled them to go back to the couture capital of the world. Their label, Swen, is influenced by modern Muslim culture with a twist of masculinity. Beginning with an emotional connection, they strive to create long-term pieces while priding themselves on their efforts to be sustainable.