Rouba draws her inspiration from a variety of sources. In her latest collection "Love is Okay", Rouba was inspired by the works of the American artist Glen Martin Taylor. Taylor, born in Dayton Ohio in 1957, is a self-taught artist who initially focused on painting large canvases, showcasing his work in a few one-man shows.
In 2013, Taylor turned to pottery, hoping to center himself after a difficult period in his life. However, throwing clay on the wheel was not enough to help him heal from his personal brokenness. Taylor had heard about the Japanese art of Kintsugi, which is a process of mending broken objects with gold or silver lacquer, and was struck by its symbolism of repairing brokenness.
It was a particularly emotional day when Taylor decided to start breaking his pottery and repairing it. Unlike Kintsugi, his repairs were messy and very imperfect. He used materials from his childhood that resonated with him emotionally and expressed the edge of his sanity and his madness. Taylor's work is very autobiographical and personal, coming from a broken place between his lungs, inside his ribcage. He allows it to bleed, letting water pour from his eyes, defining his soul, and declaring his survival.
Rouba G was struck by the raw emotion and power of Taylor's art, which led her to create the Love is Okay collection. The collection features textiles and fabrics that are intentionally torn and then mended, representing the process of healing and growth. Each piece in the collection tells a story of personal struggle and survival, much like the work of Glen Martin Taylor.
Rouba G's latest collection, Love is Okay, serves as a testament to the power of art to heal and inspire. Through her designs, she celebrates the beauty of imperfection and encourages us to embrace the brokenness in our lives. Just like Glen Martin Taylor's art, Rouba G's fashion designs allow us to declare our survival and find hope in the face of adversity.