Dimitrious Panagiotidis is a conceptual designer who attended our Screen Printing On fabric Weekend Workshop. Earlier this year he launched his namesake atelier, with his debut collection incorporating the wonderful prints he made during the course “The print making techniques taught enabled me to gain a much deeper understanding of my work. Throughout this process, I mastered my way of conduct and I found my artistic fingerprint.”
Where are you from?
I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world and I appreciate different aspects from various cultures. Nevertheless, my heart belongs to the Greek endless blue.
What is your occupation?
I am a conceptual designer. From a young age I was immersed in the world of fashion and manufacture of fabrics, while my family influenced, mentored and instilled me with a passion for arts and culture, infused with aesthetics. Drawing from the past and gazing into the future, my work expertly taps into the fields of design, fashion and art – erasing the barriers that usually separate these worlds. Each a conceptual blend of these underlying disciplines; expressed through bold image-making, typographic nuance and an unwavering dedication to storytelling. In 2019, I founded my namesake atelier which creates fashion, design items and art, embodying the intrinsic principles of natural materials, geometry and simplicity.
What short course did you to study upon at Central Saint Martins (CSM), and what was your journey to the course?
I attended the Screen Printing on Fabric Workshop, taught by Kangan Arora. During the course we experimented with fabrics and learned the art of printing using exposed and blank screens. Due to having access to the professional print room, we got the chance to create our own artwork.
We studied the preparation of screens for exposure, the mixing of pigments along with inks, as well as printmaking. The final designs we produced, as well as the feedback we exchanged among us, made me feel that I completed a creative work of an elevated level and that the constructive discussions on this enabled me to assess the application of my technique and how to ameliorate it.
What did you enjoy most about your short course?
CSM’s ambience is what struck me most. Notably our professor Kangan Arora, the art facilities and the aura of creativity. The academic prestige rendered it an amazing experience for me. Working with multicultural students from many different corners of this world was eye opening in many ways and helped me appreciate different styles and perspectives to my own reality.
What is it like studying in London?
London’s contradictions and cultural diversity renders it the modern Medina of the arts. I loved it’s fast-paced lifestyle and architecture – every neighbourhood seemed a new adventure to me.
How has your short course benefited your career? What are you going to do next with your new skills?
The print making techniques taught enabled me to gain a much deeper understanding of my work. Throughout this process, I mastered my way of conduct and I found my artistic fingerprint. This internal journey of creative maturity led me to design a series of unique geometric prints for my debut collection.
My aspiration is to delve into the world of fashion and my next step would be to pursue postgraduate studies. Eventually, I would like to end up working in the fashion industry and who knows, maybe one day collaborate with Jil Sanders and Yohji Yamamoto.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at CSM. Why should they study there?
I have already strongly recommended the short course I attended at CSM, as I think that it is an academic institution that is recognised by its pioneering creativity, high-end facilities and flawless organization. Having researched intensively on the academic market of courses, masters and academic diplomas, I would say it is one of its kind.
What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist/creative, in any discipline?
Originality and faith are the most important tools that an artist or any professional should be equipped with. One should be bold to create and find his/her unique voice of expression and simultaneously should dare to support this unapologetically, without any fear. Technique and consistency come second. An artist’s vision embodied in his/her artworks cannot be properly constructed without masterful craftsmanship, dedication and attention to detail.
Can you recommend a piece of art, in any medium, you feel everyone should see?
Annie Albert’s works comprise the epitome of my aforementioned points and my favorite artistic creation of hers is Six Prayers (1966-1967). Its scope is to address Jewish genocide and the lives that faded in this inhumane and unfair way. I think this is what art should do. It should help us transcend our reality and celebrate human existence, along with its vanity, eccentricities and all the rest that come with our earthly experience.
What 3 words best describe your CSM Short Course experience?
Follow your dreams