I am SO excited to share a new artist that I’ve just discovered. (And for those of you that know me, you know I have a sort of “sixth sense” when it comes to emerging talent.)
Meet Miss Elyse Blackshaw. I discovered her imaginative fashion illustrations while surfing the net today, and I thanked the universe for bringing me some fresh inspiration, finally ;)
The Manchester-based artist uses hand embroidery, digital print, and illustration, to create lively croquis which navigate the space between serious fashion-designer and abstract fine artist in a novel and brilliant way. Blackshaw, whose concentration is Embroidery, graduated with honors from the Manchester School of Art just last year (2013).
Actual photographs of models heads/face ground us in reality and yet her raw and sharp way of clipping them seems to foreshadow the whimsical, stunning world which we see from the neck down. The clothing is modern and funky with embroidered elements echoing historical ideas and patterns. Dramatic yet comedic; complicated yet simple; serious yet whimsical; realistic yet abstract; Blackshawl seems to balance stylistic polarities with the skill and finesse of a well-versed pro.
Within a simple framework of line drawings appears a multi-dimensional, layered presentation of living textures (from glitter to thread) creating an underlying tension in all her works. This well-defined sense of drama, depth, and passion draws us in and swallows us whole. We enter the world of Elyse Blackshaw where nothing can be taken too seriously and yet everything makes perfect sense.
Images from here.
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