Gallery 2021 – Jonathan Ondina

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Jonathan Wayne

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Nonbinary person crouching. Wearing floral crown with antlers, and ivory knit dress embellished with yarn flowers.

Without dark, there is no light. Without death, there is no life. Without feminine, there is no masculine. The beauty of existence comes from these extremes and their gradients. Photos by Katelyn Montagna

Our construction of masculinity embodies simplicity, strength, and direction. Unwavering and intense. Energy that forces through its path — like a comet — indifferent of what stands in its way.

Back view of left side. Left arm extended showing sleeve embellished with yarn flowers in shades of purple. Back left half of body is embellished with purple, yellow, and pink yarn flowers. Green knitted cords hang between the shoulders.
Back view of right side. Right arm extended, showing sleeve embellished with yarn flowers in shades of pink. Back right body is embellished with pink, purple, and magenta yarn flowers. Green knitted cords hang between the shoulders.

Our construction of femininity embodies complexity, reception, and creation. Fluid and nurturing. An energy that ebbs and flows with time — like the ocean — malleable and all-surrounding.

Nonbinary model standing with hands covering face. Front of sweater dress shows knitted motif of a deer skull with knitted cord texture framing the skull. The cords are framed by densely-applied yarn flowers in shades of pink, purple, and yellow. Model wears flower crown embellished with silk flowers and faux antlers. Green knitted cord hangs from arms.

We are often taught to pick a side; as if one can exist without the other. Deceived to hide what is always present.

Nonbinary model looking up, resting head in their hands. Left and right sleeves pressed together blend the purple and pink yarn flowers from both sleeves. Model wears flower crown embellished with silk flowers and faux antlers. Green knitted cord hangs from arms.

If you look between the extremes, there is an infinite space. Endless possibilities of expression and beauty.

Model sitting on ground with spread legs, framing a bouquet of fresh flowers. Head cropped, showing shoulder detail of knitted cord woven into sweater, creating antlers for deer skull motif. Green knitted cord hangs from shoulder seams.

With so much space for all of us — why be one thing, when you can be anything?

Meet the Designer

Ondina, Jonathan

Jonathan Wayne

Tarpon Springs, Florida
Knitwear

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The force that drew me to fashion in the first place was the strength it bestows to anyone willing to feel it. When I first began my fashion journey, I always thought I would end up being a “genderless” designer. But along the way, I realized the true depths and magical moments that fashion has to offer come from the entire spectrum, from hypermasculine to hyperfeminine—and all the grey areas in between. Being a gender-nonconforming person, I have always found a sort of safety in the ability to change my appearance to how I see fit, and I treat my designs no differently. In one collection I may find beauty in subtleties and neutrality, while in the next I may be inspired by the power of color and whimsy. I believe that in this short life we live, it matters not how we express ourselves, but that we never stop expressing.

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