Shannon Tao

When it comes to art, paths cross in the strangest of ways – and there’s no better place to do it than in London. As Samuel Beckett once said: if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life. Yet oftentimes, talent springs up from the turf closest to home. As a kid I went to an international school in Guangzhou, China… and so did aspiring fashion photographer Shannon Tao, now studying at London College of Fashion.

Born Canadian-Chinese and working in London, Shannon’s work is introspective and reflective. A dreamy, nostalgic quality exudes from her photos: her models pose, stilted yet languid, in fancy dress or nondescript clothing, against leafy backdrops or the clinical edge of a toilet. The slender youths gaze towards the viewer, slightly blurred as if a Gaussian filter has been cast over their frames. Pink, violet, sky blue: Shannon’s world is largely hued with sentimental pastels and framed in polaroid – impulse shots of an everyday banality. Like what you might capture of a friend or an “odd in-betweener” with a blink of an eyelid, they are translucent, ethereal and glaringly transient.

Already, Shannon is starting to make waves in the fashion world, her newest series Glitzy Daydreams having recently been featured on Canadian-English magazine Zeum Mag as well as a collaboration with blogger Jiro Hsu being featured on Elle China.

To see more of Shannon Tao’s photography, visit her website.

Lijia Tang

Lijia Tang is an illustrator, image maker, and pattern designer based out of London. Recently, Lijia has graduated from the BA Graphic and Media Design course at the London College of Communication, with a pathway in illustration.

Lijia’s designs are very elaborate, intricate and colourful. The artist describes her work as being very influenced by her native Chinese heritage, as well as her love of animals and nature – This can be seen in her reoccurring imagery, depicting fictitious, fragmented creatures that the artist creates.

The artist has also been able to successfully transfer over her designs to a more commercial output, with the creation of her silk scarves series. These mirroring, complex designs work well with the silk fabric she chooses to print them on, creating an effortless, elegant approach.

Lijia’s ‘Kings’ series is a great example of how all of the artists’ interests and skills come together well. Based off of her interest in her Chinese heritage, this project was formed off of the kings of the Qin Dynasty in China. Using different animals to depict each king/queen of the dynasty, Lijia uses each animal and elaborate pattern to represent each figure’s history. The portraits in turn are mesmerising.
Check out more of Lijia Tang’s work here – http://cargocollective.com/lijiatang

– Killian