After Moving to California I have been blessed enough to be able to explore the landscapes of this tremendous state full of colour that fill the senses. I have amassed a collection of photos which capture all of the new, strange and glorious images of the Golden state. My adventures have included exploring Sonoma; the vast vibrant and floral wine country, tasting the delights of Napa valley and losing my breath cycling alongside the cool turquoise tones of the Russian river. This trip like so many throughout California was beautiful, pure green vineyards as far as the eye can see, exotic harvest fruits, humble weathered roadside farmers, vibrant mustard fields against a backdrop of rural quiet hush afar from the hustle and bustle of the city. These pocket sized expositions have inspired my work tremendously especially the colour pallet and tone of my work. My favourite of all was the immeasurable view when arriving at Emerald Bay at the southern most point of Lake Tahoe, this composition of emerald water, boats, islands, shores, beaches and blue yonder consume all who visit.The organic patterns and colours which have complimented my work with monotype I have taken the colours from my experiences and added them to this medium in a contemporary way which feels fresh and alive. The glittering sparkles of golden sand in the water are reminiscent of the dots I have used in parts of this project. The vibrancy of this project has inspired me to use the colour of all that is around me, all of the wonders of my surroundings and to attempt to capture the beauty of the Golden state.
A model walks the runway in a collaborated look by Lindsey Trueman, MFA Fashion Design and Melody Hesaraky, MFA Textile Design at the Academy of Art University Spring 2017 Collection during NYFW at The Arc, skylight at Moynihan Station on September 10,2016 in New York City.
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Protests, rallies and riots have been going on in Berkeley and the University of California, Berkeley, since the 1960s. Berkeley has been a place where people are passionate about people's rights, free speech and activism, which has had national implications and led to the counterculture era throughout the 1960s-70s.
When moving to the Bay Area in 2014 I was aware of the history of the area but have now first hand experienced the passion, rage and anger recent political events have stirred. When we think of Berkeley protests we think of the Civil rights movement, the Free speech movement, the Vietnam war protests, Black lives matter and most recent rallies.
Bravery in the face of adversity is the thing that leads to change, nothing changes by doing nothing at all, at some stage in our lives or throughout history we must stand up, make ourselves uncomfortable and do the difficult thing to make a positive change. Although it's a shame to see people resort to violence it sometimes seems to be the only way that people take notice that what's going on today in the year 2017 is not right.
We can learn lessons from history and avoid resorting to violence. We should all make a stand and do our best to rise above the nonsense impacting our futures. We need to move forward as one species.We all have all of the potential there is, there is no limit to what we can achieve as individuals and together.
Floral project inspired by the work of James Merry who has been making headpieces for Björk, Icelandic singer, for past few years.
Inspired by birds, their bones structure and their weightlessness. Looks like when they fly they have no way back and they alway go forward. It's so elaborate. I tried and transposed the beauty of a bird to human body.
Photo credit: Bob Toy
Inspired by Himba people.The Himba people of Namibia are renowned for their sculptural beauty, their intricately decorated hair styles and the women’s red ochre daubed skins. They live a life of almost extreme isolation in Namibia’s Kaokoland.
Inspired by the geometry of nature while visiting the botanical garden in Berkeley, CA I wondered how complex design come to life without the touch of human.
While researching geometrical shapes through nature I came across Cymatics which are the shapes made by vibrations, the problem however was that these beautiful spiderwebs and snowflakes are invisible to the eye. Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the surface and the frequency of sound.
Creativity Explored, located in San Francisco, provides a supportive studio environment for artists with developmental disabilities in which they receive individualized instruction from mentoring artists, quality art materials, and professional opportunities to exhibit their work.
I was so inspired how artists communicate through through their art. In expressing their thoughts, emotions, experience, and cultures.