Category Archives: Inspiration

‘Sleepwalker’ Nhu Xuan Hua

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This editorial has been haunting me since I first came across it, everything is just so utterly perfect & I love that it has a real sense of emotion about it too, real depth. I rarely share editorials on here, as I don’t often come across many that really blow me away anymore & feel worthy of a post, which is a great shame, but this one definitely did.

I know Codie Young is one of those love her or hate her type of models, but I adore her. Especially when she’s like this with minimal makeup & that vacant stare, she reminds me of the women in Da Vinci’s paintings with her heavy lidded eyes, delicate features, porcelain skin & flame hair. She is that perfect kind of unusual beauty.

I urge you to check out the rest of Nhu Xuan Hua‘s portfolio too, her other works are equally as breathtaking as this, some perhaps even more so & she is firmly being added to my mental list of favourite photographers too.

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Rogan Brown

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Rogan Brown‘s intricate paper sculptures are mind-blowing in their complexity, and really need to be seen up close to properly appreciate the incredible, obsessive level of detail. Inspired by the natural world & the patterns and repeated motifs that run through it, from microscopic cells to huge geological structures, he crafts beautiful three-dimensional forms from nothing but layer upon layer of delicately hand cut watercolour paper.

The sprawling organic pieces feel almost alive, with their vein like tendrils spilling out, digging their way into the backing & jagged contours seemingly eroded by time. They feel alien, and yet familiar at the same time, based in nature but allowed to evolve & grow over the course of their development into these intricate hybrid pieces.

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity…and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of a man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.” – William Blake

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Amy Judd

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British born Amy Judd creates elegant, feminine pieces inspired by traditional folklore & mythology, exploring the enchanting relationship between women & nature, as told through these age old tales.

Clusters of wings & feathers emerge from female forms, enveloping their bodies and concealing their faces like a feathery armour, but these are not frail, delicate creatures. Her work effortlessly combines both softness, and strength. Subjects are painted with hazy brush strokes, soft colours and delicate little details but they have a carefree, feminine strength to their poses, grabbing & holding your attention immediately. Just as a birds fragile wing conceals it’s hidden power of flight, of freedom, these pieces seem to speak of the inner strength in every women behind the softness.

There is definitely a touch of surrealism about her pieces too, and they remind me a lot of Magritte‘s work, in both the technique, with it’s soft focus realism & the subjects, their obscured faces & the copious use of birds as symbolism. They also have the same dream like feel to his pieces, blurring the lines in a subtly unsettling way between the dream world & our reality.

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Bec Winnel

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Bec Winnel is an Australia based illustrator known for her soft, feminine portraits of supermodels & beautiful young women. Using a mixture of coloured pencils, pastels & watercolours she creates highly realistic, detailed work with a hazy, dream-like quality.

The painstaking level of detail in her pieces is breathtaking & they really have to be viewed at a large scale to be fully appreciated. Take the first image of Ginta – The tiny fluffy hairs on the bridge of her nose, the delicate freckles, the texture of the skin & flecks of glitter in the eyeshadow. These are all tiny, almost insignificant details but they are rendered so precisely, so beautifully & they take these pieces to a whole new level.

Her website is worth checking out just for the beautiful & unique design of it alone (it’s making me want to revamp!), but of course there are lots more of her lovely illustrations there to swoon over too, I would definitely recommend it.

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Hélène Poujade

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As soon as I saw Hélène Poujade‘s work my immediate thoughts were ‘tattoo’, how awesome would the first image be as a full sleeve?! Her work explores the themes of death, dying, our mortality & eventual decay, but the images are far from dark & depressing thanks to the bold, graphic style & the light hearted details scattered throughout the pieces. I love the ‘cut here’ line across the neck & medicine mask in the first image & the eyeball clutched in her hand in the second.

The level of detail in her pieces works so well with this pen & ink style, it’s bold & eye catching but has a certain nostalgia to it too, coming from the traditional medium & use of techniques, like the painstaking stippling. I love the possibilities modern methods allow for creating, but I’ll always have a soft spot for actual pen, ink, paint on paper or canvas & these really appeal to that part of me. There is so much going on to absorb & take in, a real feast for the eyes, these pieces deserve to be gazed on for a few moments, to really appreciate all of those little details.

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