Designing through passion, with dedication but overall doing it from the heart is what makes a fashion designer successful, this mixed with an immense will of getting to be who we really want to be and with persistence over the adversity is what makes our talent outstand from an everyday crowded scene. These mentioned before are Santiago Uttima’s features.
As a student of la Colegiatura Colombiana de Diseño in Medellin, (a beautiful city in Colombia) Uttima outstanded from his other classmates, his will of giving more, and going further made him become a remarkable student.
Santiago is now finishing his bachelor degree, and his portfolio is a clear example that he is not a promise, but he is already a fact in the Fashion design panorama in Colombia and the world. During his career Uttima took advantage of every opportunity to grow and to demonstrate himself of what he was capable of doing, this gave him the nomination to 2 “lápiz de Acero” (a Colombian award on design), he called the international press attention and recently he was chosen as a finalist between thousands of designers around the world to participate at the Arts of Fashion, this being an incredible honor for him.
Santiago has a different vision over fashion, his approach from the construction takes the design to a tridimensional way of constructing the garments, focusing on the pattern design and the colors to create optical effects, this is what I appreciate the most con his designs.
Which are your referents when it comes to designing?
They can vary; I’ve had the chance to work on concepts such an historical moment to a sickness or personal experiences. The way the information is interpreted is what makes the design having my own view.
What is Creativity? It’s the capacity we have to propose new ideas, not only from the product and its function but also from the investigation and final concept. To be creative you have to be resourceful, not staying with the first idea you got but we have to go deeply and investigate, because being creative is taking risks, and if there are no risks taken no new is discovered.
How do you see the design scene in Colombia and around the world?
The future of young designers goes in what each individual yearns, because the best way of predicting the future is doing it, you get to where you want to get.
A Color? Grey.
A smell? Plastic.
A taste? Sour
A place? A Toy Store
An Object? A Robot.
A Designer? Balenciaga (Nicholas Ghesquiere)