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Concrete Catwalks ~ When Art Meets Fashion

Designing the new collection is not only about creative expression but trying to use this platform to represent women ~ women of colour.

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The original images come from American Vogue, which I buy in September as it’s their major release for the up and coming seasons. The magazine is more like a book, full of advertisements by brands showcasing their latest products.

Love Inclusivity - pencil drawing with digital manipulation.

Love Inclusivity - pencil drawing with digital manipulation.

What has always struck me is the lack of diversity of women of colour in this publication, to be fair this is not the only one. Even though it is seemingly high on everyone’s agenda, there is still a clear lack of representation. It is improving but slowly.

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Flicking through the pages made me reflect on my own childhood and that of my mum and Aunty, who are both mixed race. They were adopted so any cultural alignment was severed so the only sources they could potentially align with were role models within the mass media. Sadly this was not the case. And made me think where are the role models now? Where can women of colour look? Where can they see someone similar in film, in magazines or on tv?

Girl with a Pom Pom Hat - mono print with acrylic paint.

Girl with a Pom Pom Hat - mono print with acrylic paint.

Now I am under no illusion, I know I am not able to change the world on this front. I am a solo person hoping to use my creativity to shed some light on this issue.

I hope my drawings and digital illustrations, that are printed onto t-shirts, allow this message to be communicated on the streets, creating a concrete catwalk if you like and not only held within the confines of a gallery. So the visual narrative is out there for everyone to see and support the visibility of women of colour.

Collusion of the Digital World and Painted Expressions

are becoming more and more common in  my experimental outcomes; and I am loving the process. 

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The beauty with digitized work is that you can delete it immediately if you do not like something. With paint you have to wait for it to dry before making any changes, which can be very laborious and time consuming.  So this process allows me to switch things up quickly. 

Plus it helps my impulsive nature.  

Nothing much to add, so here are some examples of what I have been playing with...  time to reflect but time to keep making ~ this is key. 

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Art Processes No 2 - Evolution of the Mono Print

Instinct plays a powerful part in decision making as an artist. Is the art work complete? How do you know? Sometimes you just do. Maybe it is the aesthetic, maybe it was the final touch of paint that brought the piece alive.  

In this case it was the magic of digital manipulation.  

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The linear quality from the mono print was really appealing both aesthetically and texturally and I kept thinking about how the lines could be extended. This in turn led to me manipulating the image in photoshop experimenting with rotation, mirroring and layering. 

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Visually the piece was evolving into one that was abstract but with enough intrigue to draw the viewer in, question who the figures were? What was the meaning behind the piece?

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Well that is what I hoped for. 

I felt the middle design was the best piece, still abstract but not too ‘noisey’ In terms of repetition and placement on the t-shirt being the most visually impactful.

The quality and texture of the mono print was not lost, which I loved as this maintained the artistic quality I was seeking. 

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This was the final design, which I felt maintained the core values of the brand in terms of inclusivity and showcasing diversity whilst being artistic at the same time.

I hope you agree?