Illustrator Laura Parker on using her Illustration practice as a platform for social issues

London based Illustrator Laura Parker’s colourful portfolio is filled with drawings, installations and paintings of insects, birds, abstract sculptural creations; whether it’s sewn-like human bodies hanging from the ceiling or ceramic sculptures of human bodies with a bird’s head. It’s fair to say Laura’s work is instantly recognisable, due to its unique and personal approach.

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Born in rural Norfolk, Laura uses her Illustration practice as a platform for social issues and campaigns she feels passionate about. An example of this is one of her most recent projects ‘Grow Wild – As free as a bee’. Grow Wild was created and motivated by our need as a society to help our Bumblebees in the UK since being listed as an endangered species.

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The importance of bumblebees is often overlooked, as their population has plummeted nearly 90 percent. The threats facing the population of bees are argued to be a result of: loss of habitat, diseases and parasites, pesticides, and climate change. This is a big deal not only for bees but for people, too—after all, bees pollinate a lot of our food.  “Bumblebees are among the most important pollinators of crops such as blueberries, cranberries, and clover, and almost the only insect pollinators of tomatoes,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Laura was funded to create a body of work as part of the Grow Wild Get Creative Takeover at Summer hall in Edinburgh. She aims to use her talents and unique illustration style to bring awareness to this significant issue and encourage people to take action. “For this exhibition I didn’t just want to highlight the issue, but also help towards a solution, so as well as this installation people were also encouraged to take home a pack of wildflower seeds, to grow.”

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Laura incorporates a wide variety of media within her work and enjoys the challenge of combining illustration with textile processes. This enthusiasm to combine different materials and mediums ensures each project she works on is unique to the other, whilst keeping her distinguished style. Laura’s unconventional drawings and unorthodox compositions expand the viewer’s creative muscles. Her drawings prompt us to acknowledge the issues she highlights. Her work challenges conventions and offers new forms of visual expressions that have not seen before.

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You can see more of her projects here – https://www.lauraparkerillustration.com/

 

 

 

Artist Joana Linogao utilises perspective, shape and form to create a sense of tranquillity

Using a combination of dynamic brush strokes and geometric shapes, artist and designer Joana Linogao creates exciting, bold and playful prints full of vibrant colours and abstract shapes. Joana, born and raised in London now working and living in Texas, USA creates her prints through a combination of digital design, photoshop, and traditional medium and craftsmanship, such as painting, stencils and experimentation.

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Joana states her prints are her “way of expressing her artistic vision”, as well as expressing herself. Using a strong colour palette and a strong sense of shade and tone, Joana utilises perspective, shape and form to create a sense of tranquillity through her designs. Traditional geometric shapes are made contemporary through Joana’s unconventional and striking colour palette.

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Her distinct compositions are unique in their combinations of intense colours, bold forms and expressive shapes, which allows Joana’s design to lend itself in to fashion products. Joana embraces her passion for the use of colour and she takes her inspiration from observing various environments. The combination of textile techniques utilized by the artist, include dyeing, printing, painting collage and stitch, and she works on both paper and fabric. The unique quality of her work comes from a desire to explore colour and its impact on various media, surface and technique and combine this with fashion.

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Review: Azzedine Alaïa, The Couturier, London exhibition

London’s Design Museum brings homage to the Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa with the exhibition “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier”.

Deemed as a “must-see” by Elle magazine, it showcases pieces designed throughout different stages of his life: from early 1980’s, when he established Maison Alaïa, until 2017, the year he created his last collection – Summer 2018 – before passing away.

The designer was considered a rebel in the fashion world because he never conformed himself to the rule of producing collections for every season of the year.

He created when his imagination was stimulated. At some point during his career, around 1995, he stopped presenting his collections to the large public for a few years.

Perhaps it is this liberty he took of designing only when he felt like he should, allowed him to put all the effort and concentration into celebrating women with his timeless pieces.

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Wrapped forms by Azzedine Alaïa

The acclaimed designer once said: “My obsession is to make women beautiful.”
Every piece he produced is a reinforcement of this statement. With fascinating materials clinging to the right body parts, impeccable finishes and dramatic details such as very low backlines, is impossible not to make any woman dressed in one of his pieces feel beautiful.

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Wrapped forms by Azzedine Alaïa

The exhibition, which was co-curated by Alaïa, is beautifully laid out. The clothes appear very statuesque, probably an intentional arrangement inspired by the fact that he started as a sculptor before he became a couturier. The play between lights and shadows give you the impression his creations have a life of their own.

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Exploring volumes by Azzedine Alaïa

It was inspiring to see the evolution of his art. Alaïa’s older designs were very sensual, hugging the body and acting as a second skin as if conceived for Aphrodita herself. His newer work, although still provocative, evolved into a tranquilizing fluidity. Especially striking was his 2017 collection, which seemed to be made for warrior princesses.

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Sculptural tension by Azzedine Alaïa

The exhibition is open until October 2018.