Kirsty Mitchell’s photography is an ethereal wonderland of lush fairy tales and historical fantastical dress set in beautiful woodlands – inspired by her memories of her mother reading aloud to her. She worked with Alexander McQueen’s studio and finished her costume studies at the London College of Fashion.
After her mother’s death, Kirsty immersed herself in photography to deal with the trauma of grief. Starting with everyday shots taken on the street or subway, her creations morphed into large detailed imaginative tableaus taken from her dreams. Involving much more than just clicking a shutter button, she hand made and painted everything - from the costumes to the sets. In the woodlands around her home, she constructed elaborate scenes akin to a miniature movie set, complete with lighting, assistants and models.
Fierce Fashion: Zac Posen
Fashion designer Zac Posen stepped it up a quite few notches with his incredible Cinderella ball gown. He created it for Claire Danes to wear to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2016, last night.
Featured Halloween Artist: Christopher Shy
Shy’s artwork has a dreamlike quality full of gothic loveliness – blurred symbolism and tempered violence with veiled details in a dark, smoky palette.
The Bananarama of Lin Shih-Yung (Shih Yung Lin)
We just love Lin’s bizarre paintings of banana people, placed in everyday scenarios – using chopsticks, pouring tea and sometimes in random playful gymnastic positions. They are wonderfully off-the-wall and truly surreal in every sense of the word. His imagery has a vintage palette, speaking of warm lost days.
Featured Artist: Stuart Griggs
Stuart Griggs paints highly imaginative visionary images exploding with psychedelic spiritualism. Bright and brilliant colors flow and expand from mandala-like central themes – resulting in beautiful, transformative mind trips. Originally from Wales, he currently lives and works in Brighton, England.