Tell me a little about yourself, J. J. Corpas!
I am Jorge Jimenez Corpas but more known as J. J. Corpas and I was born in Andalucia in 1972, in Granada. And at a very early age I discover “Pictorial Art”. I establish myself in Santa Fe and I start to use the dripping technique, finding my own style and growing as an artist by multidisciplinary developing “Spontaneous Painting” using recycled materials. My art studio is right now in Santa Fe in Granada.
Where are you from?
I am from Granada City but now live in Santa Fe, a town in the province of Granada.
What`s your educational background?
I have never gone to any art school or been taught, no one has taught me anything about art or painting, I am self taught.
What are your general professional and non-professional interests?
My general interests professionally are that art is wearable and at the same time sustainable, by customising and recycling garments. And my non-professionally interests are that people should be conscious that sustainable fashion can be unique and exclusive.
What does fashion mean to J. J. Corpas?
An item that is very personal where I express my art, which is art in movement.
What does fashion mean to you?
An item that is very personal where i express my art, which is art in movement.
How would you define your city`s fashion?
To be honest very good, there are well known designers, both male and female that are strongly supporting the fashion in Granada.
When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
Well to be honest i don`t know, i started to paint my own clothes and every time i was wearing it more and more people was wondering about it and they asked me if i could paint and customise their clothes and so that`s how it all started.
What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
it was a blazer jacket of mine that i painted for an exhibition that i had.
How does designing jewelry differ from designing clothes?
In nothing really, because there are also fashion designs that are truly jewels.
How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?
When i am in complete creative action normally a day or two, depending how long it takes for the paint to dry.
Who is one of your favorite local models to work with?
I usually work with a lot of people as my pieces are very diverse and i don`t have a favourite model in particular but rather many special ones.
Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing.
As the vast majority are customised pieces, every item is different, it`s not the same to paint a bag as it is to paint a pair of trousers, a jacket or a big piece of fabric, that is where creativity comes in and decides.
What are some of your accomplishments as a designer?
I have been invited to have my pieces shown in various fashion shows as a guest of honour, i have also dressed various public figures and celebrities in cinema and entertainment.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
There are many very good ones, but as i`m an actual artist i get inspired by artists like Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Vasily Kandinsky … to me they are the masters of painting and design.
Where can readers buy your clothes/ jewelry?
They can buy it through social media, facebook – j. j. corpas / instagram – j.j.corpas or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long have you worked as a designer?
Since 2017 i have expressed my art in fashion.
How do you select your models?
My wife Rafaela Callejon is in charge of this area, she is the one that runs this part, i only dedicate myself to create, so in reality j. j. corpas is a team.
What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?
I love markets, second hand and vintage shops, a lot of our pieces are antique or used.
Where do you buy your fabrics and other sewing materials?