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- Vogue International   Before it’s in fashion, it’s in Vogue—stories from emerging talent around the world, told in six posts, curated by Vogue teams globally.

6 of 6 Ernesto (@ernestoartillo ) constantly works on several projects outside of his studio practice. “I designed the floors of a house in Nijar and have created the costumes for the short Bertolt Brecht play, The Exception and the Rule, directed by Catalina Lladó, where each character is wearing the same dress in a different color depending on their role.” ⠀ The artist can count on a talented assistant and muse in the studio, his dog Pepe. “Pepe is a performer himself. I just need to say ‘Pepe, stand there’ and he starts posing.” ⠀ Always searching for a new medium to express his ideas, Ernesto started designing a jewelry collection, and recently began studying acting and dance. “I didn’t just want to create art, but be part of the art myself. I want to be on stage now, too.” ⠀ See more of @ernestoartillo ’s story on @vogue. 

5 of 6 Follow Spanish artist @ernestoartillo ’s story this week. ⠀ “To me, love is beauty, divinity, the reason why we are here, and art is the way to conceptualize it. ⠀ “I love classical sculpture, Cubism, and Renaissance portraits. [The ancient Greek statue of] Laocoön and His Sons and Las señoritas de la calle Avinyó [by Pablo Picasso] have been an obsession since I was a child.”

4 of 6 Follow Spanish artist @ernestoartillo ’s story this week. ⠀ “When I feel I already know how to use one discipline, I stop using it and start with another technique to keep learning and challenging myself. That is the best way for me to evolve personally and artistically.”

3 of 6 Follow Spanish artist @ernestoartillo ’s story this week. ⠀ “My own fragility inspires a lot of my work. To me, to be fragile is part of human nature as we are not emotionally independent beings. ⠀ “We are nothing without other people’s love, just as art wouldn’t be art if there was no one in front of the artwork.”

2 of 6 Follow Spanish artist @ernestoartillo ’s story this week. ⠀ “To begin my creative process I always start writing – maybe a sentence, a word or a short story. Then I choose which media would be the best to represent it and start from there. ⠀ “Your own identity is the best inspiration you can have.”

1 of 6 Ernesto Artillo (@ernestoartillo ) grew up in a house full of paper collage. “I began using this technique 10 years ago when I thought my own pictures weren’t interesting enough,” says Ernesto, whose father is a collage artist, “so I started reworking them with paint, cutting or sewing them together.” ⠀ For the Madrid-based artist, creating collages is a therapeutic practice. Over the years, he has experimented with photography, video, performance, painting, and, most recently, costume design and jewelry. ⠀ “I deconstruct gender through my work because I do it with my own gender too,” says the 31-year-old. “There’s both femininity and masculinity in my character. I hope it helps people think about how many opportunities we are losing if we just choose one option.” ⠀ Follow @ernestoartillo ’s story this week on @vogue. 

6 of 6 Carina plans to continue to open the conversation around breasts. “I am motivated by creation and collaboration, and by the things that bring people closer together,” says the designer. Proceeds from her jewelry sales are donated to the Planned Parenthood non-profit organization and the natural birth clinic she volunteers at in Bali. ⠀ “I’m committed to taking Elppin as far into the world as possible,” she says. “It’s about damn time to free the nipple.” ⠀ See more of @cccaaarrrhhh ’s story on @vogue. 

5 of 6 Follow Bali-based designer @cccaaarrrhhh ’s story this week. ⠀ “My nipple brooch has become a part of me. It makes me feel strong and safe but elicits a variety of reactions that range from enthusiastic: ‘Wow, that’s beautiful, I totally get it,’ to confused or skeptical: ‘What is that? Why are you wearing that?’ ⠀ “It definitely opens up conversations, and that’s the point. Some people feel naked when they take off their favorite earrings I feel naked without my nipple brooch.”

4 of 6 Follow Bali-based designer @cccaaarrrhhh ’s story this week. ⠀ “I was raised in New York City and Bali by creative parents who had a jewelry business. I speak Indonesian and Balinese. ⠀ “I love to start the day with a hike down into the river valley and across the rice fields. I ride my rainbow scooter to lunch at a little local warung for my favorite food: nasi campur, which is rice and spiced chicken, coconut with veggies. Like everyone else, I’m a work in progress. I care deeply about women and the environment. I am obsessed with beauty and empowerment.”

3 of 6 Follow Bali-based designer @cccaaarrrhhh ’s story this week. ⠀ “My design professors [at Goldsmiths College in London] pushed me to translate my breast-obsessed art project into a design object, and so the nipple brooch was born. I ended up turning elppin into my senior thesis project. ⠀ “I work with master jewelers in Bali. We cut, hammer and solder every element in our home workshops. ⠀ “We don’t use any uniform molds. We make each piece by hand from start to finish because it’s essential for nipple brooches to reflect our unique individuality.”

2 of 6 Follow Bali-based designer @cccaaarrrhhh ’s story this week. ⠀ “By the time I was 19 years old, I’d assisted and been a doula at 11 live births. These experiences shaped how I relate to and understand women, mothers, childbirth and the connection to breasts as a natural life source.”

1 of 6 Carina Hardy (@cccaaarrrhhh ) wants to free the nipple – with jewelry. “Everything I see, think and create is about the breast. I am obsessed,” says the 23-year-old designer. “It started with the nipple: the pinnacle of the physical and metaphorical breast, the epicenter of sensitivity, intrigue and stigma.” This tension made Carina want to challenge nipple censorship. ⠀ “I was inspired to make jewelry that both adorns the breast and armors against the patriarchal gaze by calling attention to a part of the body which is otherwise covered and obscured.” ⠀ The jewelry she designs for her brand Elppin (‘nipple’ spelled backwards) is deliberately provocative. “It is a direct challenge to the notion and practice that breasts should be veiled from the public eye.” ⠀ Follow @cccaaarrrhhh ’s story this week.