J.W. Anderson possesses an undeniable raw talent. Sitting down to illustrate his entire SS13 collection for Show Studio, all we want to know is how we can get our hands on one!
The contrast between milk-bottle skin and the rich, leathery crocodile and alligator hide that envelop Lidi Kochetkova is jolting. Thoughts of animal cruelty and how one should feel with regards to its place in the world of fashion swirl merilessly alongside fascination and an appreciation for the beautiful work of photographer, Arnaud Pyvka. Juxtaposition is the name of the game as animalistic material drench the virginal and angelic subject, and although the shoot was intended as a showcase of material, something deeper stirs beneath.
She is naked, composed. She is exposed and awkwardly positioned. She is comfortable. She is a living canvas for the incredible skins of tannery Heng Long International, supplier to designers such as Prada and Louis Vuitton. The bright white and often over exposed images are a refelction of the message. A message of art and beauty, of laying preconceptions aside and appreciating what is placed before you.
For interview and more photographs see: http://www.nowness.com/day/2012/8/28/2339/exotic-skins
Ryan Michael’s portraits are sketchy, slightly blurred, dreamlike, realistic. The women’s faces are never revealed. They are secretive but not necessarily hiding. They are feminine, sexual, self assured but with a sense of naivity to their power. Michaels encapsulates the essence of woman in the pieces displayed.
To define yourself is only to limit yourself.
The launch of James Cooper’s album Foreign Cities is a hybrid of audio, visual and literary elements being showcased in The Sugar Club, Dublin tonight. A short film accompanies each track complemented by a literature reading as well. The directors and writers were given a clean slate from which to work, with only Foreign Cities as a guideline, ensuring what will no doubt be an eclectic mix of creativity and originality that allows individuals to take what they see and hear as opposed to being fed what the creators want them to absorb.
Date: 17th May 2012
Place: The Sugar Club, Dublin
Price: €10 on the door
Illustrator and graphic designer, Denise Nestor’s works closely resemble the later sketches of a fashion designer laced with quirky elements such as her almost trademark bunny suit. Undeniably realistic with a somewhat unfinished element to them, these illustrations are addictive, almost hypnotic.
We’ve got cuts on our knees. We’ve got mucky t-shirts. We want to collaborate and we want to throw paint. We want to exhibit our seperate stuff together. We just want to draw.
This is the mantra for the Dublin based art group or group of artists or expressionists or whatever it is you want to define them as, Inklude. What started out as meetings to organize projects and formulate ideas has developed into improptu drawing. Taking inspiration from exactly what is around them, the people, the things, the atmosphere, the feeling. That isn’t to say that the meetings no longer exist, they do, but the art work no longer follows as rigid a planning structure as it once did.
Most recently, Inklude drew at Junior Spesh (that’s the photo you see here), the Thursday night at Twisted Pepper. Truly talented, original and unique, we hope to be seeing much more of Inklude popping up around the place!
What makes global fashion brand Edun so unique is it’s dedication and passion towards the growth of an economic relationship with Africa without being a charity. Edun is profitable business but conduct’s it’s business with and in Africa severing any ideas that it is a charity.
Artist Ryan McGinley took this on board casting the African butterfly in Edun’s ‘Beautiful Rebels’ video. The freedom and beauty of these butterflies represents Edun’s mission statement, beliefs and goals. McGinley incorporates aesthetic and visual beauty with the morality of the brand as the butterflies flutter through and out of the young models mouths, tattoos and shorts. The bright colours, gospel inspired music (“If I Had A Little Love” - the Majestic Arrows) along with the youth and vivacity of the models make for a beautiful and uplifting video leaving the viewer craving Edun both for it’s beautiful clothing and the impact it makes and leaves behind.
From textile design to illustration, Keelin Corscadden (or Keelinardo as she wittily christened herself as a child!) is ticking all the boxes when it comes to design with a difference. Taking inspiration from fairy tales, Tim Burton and the goings on inside her head, her eclectic art work is nothing short of eye catching.
Keelin’s most recent accomplishment has been the publishing of The Doodlers Anonymous 2012 Calendar. Her Andy Warhol-esque image of Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon made August in the calendar which can be bought here: http://www.doodlersanonymous.com/
See Keelin’s work