Montana Miller- Wedding For One
We recently had the pleasure of spending the day with the lovely Montana Miller. She first caught our eye in our street style segment and we tracked her down to discuss how she developed her unique style and her gypsy spirit.
We discovered that Montana is an emerging Sydney based artist and the creator of the label Wedding For One. Her vintage sourced pieces and intricate hand drawn designs each tell a story giving us an insight into her intriguing creative process.
Tell us about how you started?
I fail to pin down an exact date on the beginnings of creating but I recall a lengthy vacation in hospital as the catalyst for the realization that art would be the one perpetual facet of a life filled with variables. Under the fluro lights and the drowning air conditioning my mother and I crafted woolen pom-poms en mass. A seemingly simple process but one that gifted the capacity to for a time abscond from the dull reality. I believe it to be this practice, which was the basis for what later manifested into drawing and painting, both continuing to serve as methods of escapism. As it was affirmed by Philosopher of Pessimism Arthur Schopenhauerthat, “The purpose of art was to provide a temporary refuge from the world of strife of the will.”
When did you decide to start Wedding For One?
It was at the very most beginning of this year that ‘wedding for one.’ was conceived. The name was born out of a period of ‘fucking off’ the majority of people surrounding me and a pursuit of rediscovering self.
What do you offer that is unique to your label?
Offered up on the serving tray is the very darkest of things disguised under delicacy and an attempted portrayal of beauty. Whether that is unique or not I don’t mind…
You only use vintage/recycled items for your designs, can you talk us through the process of this and why?
I employ vintage items because I feel they resonate with my practice both in a technical and conceptual sense. The garments selected are predominantly synthetic silk. With the fragility and pliability of the material being attributes one empathizes with.
Enjoyed is this sharing of a connection with something that has been physically sculpted to suit its wearer. However despite such, it possesses the complacency to preserve beauty, falling back to its innocent form once used. Equally intriguing is its capacity to hide what it has witnessed and experienced. This suppression of emotion is believed to be a beautiful strength.
The process of translating the image upon these garments is done by hand, using fabric fast ink pens to illustrate onto the fabric directly. Time consuming as oppose to having the pieces printed upon in mass but very much a ritualistic process of which I enjoy.
Tell us about your world?
I am at a loss for words to describe my world, thus the vast extent of time spent rendering it in illustration.
And you grew up in a small town near Nimbin called Murwillumbah, How was that?
Murwillumbah is nice and did indeed serve as home to a good deal of my youth. A youth which was lived out very much knave to the influence of the outside world and even somehow blissfully ignorant to the weed culture synonyms with the region. However unintentional as it was pursued and embraced was the ‘hippie’ mentality accompanying residency in a place like such. With my blissful little existence there being basically art, incense and excessive amounts of Hare Krishna food.
So where can we find your pieces?
At present I sell directly from Instagram, however come the conclusion of Honors and the subsequent regaining of time I will again have time to stock in boutiques of which I will provide details.
And you’ve just finished art school?
I have indeed just come to complete my Bachelor of Fine Art (hons) at The National Art School… fucking at last. It was a love/hate relationship and I have learnt much over the duration of my stay there from some inspiring individuals. However being fiercely independent I am quite content to now pursue my art making practice on my own accord.
So whats instore for Wedding For One next?
I have no plans, sticking to my somewhat nomadic way of life I believe it will just accompany on my wanderings. However I predict such wanderings to be expansive, as drawing to me is a means of existing and something I will always need.
By Rachel Colless
Photography by Daniel Knott