Welcome to Part 1 of my Love Project -
E.L x Jinn
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Still here? YAAAS!! Let's get into it.
HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH JINN
If you’ve read my blog “The statement piece” You know you don’t find a statement piece, it finds you.
And the moment you see it, you just know. A bit like love, you can’t force it or look for it. It just happens. And when it does, there’s no mistaking it.
Well...It happened to me when I was in Israel earlier this year.
He told me they were made by a local designer, a good friend of his. One-off pieces, hand-painted by her.
I knew I had to have one. Or maybe 20. Or maybe I would never wear anything else in my life but these badass T-shirts.
Why do I feel so strongly about this?
WHY JINN IS THE ULTIMATE STATEMENT PIECE
These T-shirts, they are the epitome of my Style. Ethno-chic, Creative, Rebellious, Bold.
They speak my language, tell my story. When I wear them I feel like myself in every way, I feel seen. Like you know who I am before we even start a conversation.
And I love the idea of wearing an original custom piece that no one else has.
And it’s hand made. By an artist. From my country.
Wearing art! What more could I ask for???
BUT WAIT! THERE IS MORE!!!
Turns out….The faces on the T-shirts are JINNs.
What is A JINN?
JINN (genie) is a demon (Arabic), a supernatural entity which can be either good or evil.
But what makes these Jinns so special is that the artist and designer, Lital Dorchin, among many other things, practices therapeutic dancing inspired by North-African demons exorcism rituals and her designs are an extension of her spiritual work.
By painting the Jinn on a T-shirt the entity receives its own place, light and air where it transforms from a haunting demon into a protective talisman.
Lital explains that her movement #set_you_jinn_free represents no only giving the Jinn on the t-shirt a new life on its wearer.
It has a deeper meaning too. It’s about acknowledging and embracing our own inner demons, our dark sides, the parts of ourselves that make us the complex beings that we are, and by being vulnerable and showing all of ourselves, we set our Jinns free.
This is totally up my alley!!
These designs, inspired by African masks, Graffiti, street culture as well as traditional embroidery, are a fresh visual language that had me at Hello...
I found Lital on Instagram and sent her a gushing message about how I’m crazy in love with her designs and I wanted her to make me some and send them to me. I trusted her to design something especially for me and 2 weeks later my Jinns who had travelled across the oceans had arrived and that’s how our love story truly began.
This is Lital, the designer. I love this image of her with her huge Jinn.
I chopped up my JINNs
The day I got my JINNs I took to them with a pair of scissors and reshaped the sleeves and hemlines to make them my own and posted a bunch of photos to my socials. Lital saw the new shapes her Ts were making and that very evening we were on a video call like two old friends with her on her couch in Ein Harod in Israel, and me in my kitchen in Brisbane Australia, 8 hours ahead, trying to show her how I chop up a t-shirt.
She told me how her female clientele often struggle because they love the JINNs but don’t have the confidence to style them. Their (intentionally) boxy, oversized shape isn’t “sexy” or flattering …
They miss the whole point. They’re not supposed to be sexy. They are ART!!! They are spiritual talismans…
I told Lital I have so many ideas on how to style her designs and all of the ways we could give her clients confidence and make them feel amazing wearing Jinns.
So...We decided I would make a bunch of tutorials on HOW TO STYLE YOUR JINN!
And so the E.L X JINN Project came to life
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