Sophi Reaptress and Hvnter Gvtherer have teamed up to create a short fashion film with Between Pictures. I’m already a huge fan of both of these incredibly talented women, and it’s always so great to see independents working together on collaborative projects like this. The teaser trailer piqued my interest a few weeks ago, and now the full length film has been released.
Layered in heavy atmosphere, it sets a beautifully sombre mood and perfectly showcases the works of these two wonderfully dark independent designers. The eerie visuals are accompanied by Chelsea Wolfe‘s elegant and haunting vocals playing softly throughout, weaving a tale of unrequited love.
Shot in Austria by Krist Mort against the crumbling remains of an old church, ‘Restless’ beautifully captures ambient musician Lakshmi Ramgopal (Lykanthea) draped in slivers of silver from Wolf + Sadie‘s staple ‘Ancestors’ collection. The hazy black and white images hauntingly conjure up a sense of loss and rebirth, of restlessness and tranquillity, and the need for reinvention both women discovered they were craving.
Featured here are the Stark, Lucid and Ula necklaces, along with the Lucid Bangle and the Ibis Finger Duster Ring. All available in both high shine silver and oxidised finishes, I love the unisex nature of these pieces, both masculine and feminine the simple shapes have a visceral, almost tribal, statement about them that seems to tell the story of a rich ancestral history. The Ula necklace and Theurgy ring have both been on my mind for some time now, and will be next on my jewellery hit list when I have reason to treat myself.
I spoke of Lykanthea’s gorgeous solo debut album ‘Migration‘ a little while ago here. I urge you to go listen if you haven’t yet, soft and atmospheric it feels like a different world and it’s become one of my favourites to unwind to.
Lykanthea is Lakshmi Ramgopal, a solo ambient musician based in Rome, Italy via Chicago. Drawing on a decade of Carnatic training, she alchemizes spectral vocals and synths to form transient, enveloping worlds. In July she released her solo debut ‘Migration’ & followed on from this in October with the haunting video for ‘Telos’.
Over the course of 5 songs she draws inspiration from the 4,000-year-old Sumerian tale of the goddess Inanna & the challenges she faces during a transformative journey to and back from the underworld. Exploring the concept of rebirth in and across lifetimes, the result is a heavily atmospheric & expansive sound that envelopes you in it’s hushed, ethereal vocals & draws you completely into it’s world. Ghostly & delicate, but with a dark, primal soul lurking just beneath, it’s subtle complexity grows with each listen.
The video for ‘Telos’ shot by E. Aaron Ross & styled by Laura Prieto-Velasco of Hunter Gatherer is just as dark & dreamy as the music, and features some of my favourite independent designers. I’ve put together a mini wishlist of items which feature in the video, and I urge you to go check out each & every one of these wonderful independents. The Noctex & Hogan McLaughlin pieces in the video were from Spring collections & are sadly now sold out, but I’ve included some of their new season pieces instead, which are just as beautiful. Particular favourites are the heavy iron cuff from Anu Tera, Hogan McLaughlin’s mesh ‘Gauntlet’ shirt, Leah Ball‘s ‘Conduit’ cuff (as seen in the 2nd image) & the collaborative pieces from Hunter Gatherer x Lykanthea, inspired by & hand stamped with lyrics from the EP.
Watch the video for Telos below, then listen to the rest of the Migration EP & download it for free here.
El Tatio or ‘The grandfather that cries’ is one of the largest geyser fields in the world, high up in the Andes mountain range of northern Chile, but you’d be forgiven for thinking these were shots of some desolate alien world instead. A place that looks at once familiar, and yet foreign to us too, with purple tinged twilight shrouding the area in an otherworldly atmosphere.
Owen Perry specialises in landscape & travel photography, capturing remote, isolated places that most of us will never get the opportunity to experience first hand ourselves. The rest of his portfolio is equally as stunning, ‘Lost Lake’, ‘Valle de la Muerte’ & ‘Scottish Highlands’ being among some of my other favourite sets. His works leave me feeling humbled, with a real sense of awe and a hunger to get out there & explore more of our beautiful world.
“My work involves a lot of nature, so there’s certainly an altruistic hope that people get outside to explore more and learn to love and respect our planet. Until we discover some sort of interstellar or cross-dimensional form of travel, Earth is all we really have.”
Hari & Deepti an artist couple based in Colarado create magical shadow boxes from nothing more than intricately cut & layered sheets of paper & LED’s. The simplicity of the medium combined with their painstakingly detailed craftsmanship is what gives these pieces such beauty, and the stark contrast between the works lit & unlit states is mesmerising. Minimal, precice layers of white are transformed into dreamy, atmospheric visions once the lights go on, and you are truly able to appericate the level of intircacy & detail that has gone into each work.
Their pieces feel like scenes from ancient fairytales & myths, epic tales told around campfires of heroes versus monsters & good triumphing over evil. They speak of the wonders and beauty of nature, of a long gone time when man existed harmoniously alongside the rest of the world.
“Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.”
– Hari & Deepti