Sylvia Moritz

Sylvia Moritz has never strayed from artistic disciplines, having studied Graphic Communication from an early age at Die Graphische in Vienna. Encouraged by her college tutors to cross borders, the multi-media artist and designer flew the nest at 19 en route to America. Here she discovered a lot about herself and her discipline, studying Illustration in Boston, and partaking in a six-month printmaking course in San Francisco.

On the back of a range of practical and industrial skills acquired from her travels, Sylvia enrolled at the University of the Arts London. In 2012, she found herself back in America on an erasmus exchange programme, this time showing The Big Apple what she was made of, in a six-month intensive at The Parsons New School for Design. She made the most of state of the art facilities, gaining advanced knowledge in branding and packaging design from peers such as Lance Wyman (Mexico ’68) as well as honing her illustrative expertise, mentored by reportage fanatic Veronica Lawlor.

The Austrian is an advocate of both the use of traditional and digital techniques that work hand-in-hand with one another, and such an ideal is conveyed in a lot of her work. Observations of Moritz’s surroundings play a vital role in shaping the direction of her practice. Usually with underlying environmentalist attitudes, her stunning mark-making qualities display a meticulous attention to detail and an enviable dedication to the creative arts. She continues to develop her style and relentlessly pushes herself to improve with every project she participates in. And the hard work has paid off, recently winning a Best of Year award with the D&AD for a project with the V&A.

Sylvia must be congratulated on her immaculate level of craft, her delicately balanced tone and liberating colour combinations. In the main image we capture an insight into her exotic amalgamation of geometric elements that satisfy the eye hypnotically – a feat of technical excellence comparable to that of the late and respected Escher. One can only hope that Sylvia continues to lead us on inspiring journeys through her labyrinthian creations. I have full confidence that she will.

 

 

 

Introducing..Ximena Escobar.

Ximena Escobar is a left-handed illustrator and wallpaper-pattern designer based out of London. She has acquired two MA Degrees, one in Illustration from Camberwell College of Art and Design in 2012, and one in Design for Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2005.

Ximena’s work is derived from her inspirations that deal with the relationships between women and nature, as well as the notion of ‘the Shaman woman’ – or someone who is able to reach a altered states of consciousness, allowing them to encounter and interact with the spirit world. Her ‘Blooming’ series, which are made from homemade illustrations and fabric collage, involve portraits of individual women and flowers or animals. The artist’s use of collage aids in creating a three-dimensional, layered object, helping to bring her portraits to life. Her use of colour is extraordinary, complimenting each other and catching the viewer’s eye.

To find out more about Ximena’s work, as well as keep up to date on any future showcasings of the artists’ work, visit her Website here, or follow her on Twitter, here.

– Killian

(All imagery courtesy of Ximena Escobar)