Lisan Ly

“It could be autumn leaves in a park, reflections in a lake or walking past a skyscraper. I believe beauty can exist anywhere, when you look.” The unmissable Lisan Ly and her global explorations are the foundation for similarly global ambitions. Flying the flag – or should I say flying her scarf designs – proudly in the air for all to see. One would perhaps need an atlas to explain the sources of inspiration behind the beauteous creations of the British born designer. Malaysia and Thailand are a few of the many pins in her map.

Lisan painted a picture for me, describing how ‘temple tiles, vibrant florals and beautiful insects’ played a role in shaping her explosive colour pallete. Chinese and Vietnamese heritage are another ingredient confidently stitched into the surfaces designs of the London College of Communication graduate, who makes reference to England’s Kew Gardens and Japanese kimonos as research points for the delicately balanced designs of her impressive debut October 2012 collection. “I absolutely love travelling and try to see as much of the world as I can. It’s an amazing source of creative inspiration.”

Lisan’s work displays a considerable level of technical excellence, perhaps stemming from previous studies at Kingston University; not in design, but computing. To this day innovative techniques and quality craftsmanship such as (deep breath) hand illustration, computer aided design, screen printing, pattern cutting, laser cutting and embroidery, all contribute to the elegance. Much labour and attention to detail has been woven into the fibres of this ‘wearable art.’ There is certainly much more than meets the eye.

Making reference to two of my favorite words – ‘organized chaos’, Lisan explains how her creations “aim to reflect beauty in the world and embody the simple pleasures in life” and I think she is successful in her intentions. Her luxurious but playful designs breath a level of sophistication that would make a perfect gift for the perfect woman. Lisan has great admiration for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Yohji yamamoto, Elie Saab and the prints of Basso & Brooke, Erdem and Peter Pilotto – but keep your eye on the catwalks, and listen out for the alliterate brand name – ‘Lisan Ly’ that will hopefully one day stand alongside the work of such well-known designers.

Marializa Kambi

Marializa Kambi is currently undertaking a BA in Graphic and Media Design at the London College of Communication.

Marializa’s work is a blend of mixed media including but not limited to painting, screen printing, typography, photography, and illustration. In using these mediums, her artwork crosses the lines between what can be considered Fine Art and Print. The artist chooses her mediums based off of the image she is trying to evoke – Typography to accent characteristics, illustrations to accent emotions..The list goes on. By not limiting herself to one specific medium or even just to one specific style within her work, Marializa continues to constantly evoke a freshness and an innovative approach to her ideas.

To see more of Marializa’s work, as well as work in progress and her inspirations, check out her blog here – http://marializakambi.tumblr.com/

 

– Killian

(Images courtesy of Marializa Kambi)

Geraldine Peclard

Geraldine Peclard is a Swiss artist and textile designer currently living in London.

Having just recently graduating from Chelsea College of Art and Design with a BA in Textile Design, Geraldine was always drawn to vibrant prints and a creative, freely-working workflow. After beginning her degree, Geraldine became inspired by statement artists who challenged prejudices; that used social issues and taboos to create their work. She then ventured into new, intrinsic ways of expressing her passion for vibrancy, pattern and design through other mediums – Painting and illustration, for example.

Geraldine’s recent work concentrates more so on the subject of mental illness, which she claims allows her to work freely and gives her unlimited interpretations of how the structure of her work can be. Despite her gruling subjects, Geraldine finds ways of taking all of that emotion and creating beautiful imagery with them.

To view more of Geraldine’s work, visit her website, here –   http://geraldinestories.blogspot.co.uk/

 

– Killian

Introducing.. Eleanor Cunningham

Eleanor Cunningham is a recent MA Fine Arts graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design as well as a fine artist working with photography and mixed media based in London.

Eleanor’s work is based upon the application of traditional and new technologies in relation to photography. As a medium that is constantly ever-changing, especially with its digital technologies, Eleanor is interested in the future and outcome of photography as a medium and art form. Her work focuses predominantly on the physicality of photography – The loss of it, as a result of recent digital culture. In creating her work, she explores how the content of her imagery determines this loss of physicality, as well as new ways in which to present it beyond the physical print.

Eleanor explains that she does not have full control in her development processes, which leaves way for mistakes and error – But she further goes on to explain that, “this element is important, as it leaves traces within the image (such as dust marks and scratches) that brings it closer and seems more real to us – as we ourselves have imperfections.” The artist’s use of manipulation, as well – whether by heat, coloured dyes, changes in emulsion or medium – transports the viewer into an alternative universe, retracing and re-analyzing objects and places in ways that were otherwise unbeknownst to them.

There is definitely something utterly moving and captivating about this artist’s work, and I don’t doubt any successes that are there for her in the near future.

To find out more about Eleanor’s work, visit her website – www.cunningart.co.uk

– Killian

(All images courtesy of Eleanor Cunningham) 

Samuel Sultana

There are few artists you can feel an emotional connection to from the offset, but on the rare occasion that an artist does reach through the canvas, magic ensues. Samuel Sultana is one such creative. Currently working on a collaborative artists commune-type project, he is clearly well liked and respected for the work he is doing.

A painter at heart, Sultana acknowledges that these kind of labels can be restrictive. Looking at his work, one sees few limitations: boundless colors and shapes that morph in front of your eyes, each painting tells a story. The strength of the work lies in the composition of the pieces. Sultana tells me that he now treats ‘art as philosophy’, and one certainly perceives the intellectual in each of his artworks.

I have no doubt that Sultana’s creative process would be of exceptional interest to observe. When your philosophy is that ‘it is essential to use everything. Everything is the arsenal’, the product will inevitably be of celestial proportions.

Relying on ‘chaos, intensities, and extremes’, his work is in league with the likes of Willem de Kooning, Rothko, and more recently, Bryan Lewis Saunders. The environment is paramount to the success of the artwork: hence the idea behind his current project. In a nod to the Romantic, ‘isolation, solitude, and obsession’ also compute.

The diverse range of artists Sultana is currently working with reflect a global spirit, bent on redefining and redesigning the creative landscape in Bristol, where the project is based. He says the creative platform will encompass all media, from ‘fine art to film, music, and theater’, offering a chance for young artists to network and build a support base from which to flourish.

Equipped with the creative holy trinity of vision, faith, and obsession, I have no doubt this is an artist of the future. To view more of Sultana’s work, go to his facebook page here or youtube. He can also be contacted by email at ssul0011@gmail.com.

Jacob Birge

Anyone familiar with the Edinburgh fashion scene will have come across the name Jacob Birge before. This young man is a creative force to be reckoned with; working in the fields of fashion, music, and design, Birge constantly pushes the boundaries of mixed media.

Having graduated from the Edinburgh College of Fashion in 2012, Birge’s graduate collection was shown in Vogue, Trendland, Slang Magazine, I Heart, and Not Just a Label. The collection ‘Symmetric Strategy’ showed clear references to architectural forms and geometricity, and their relationship with the female form in a Pughian fashion. There were also nods to the natural world – the final look, composed of tectonic membranes, was quite groundbreaking in it’s exceptional construction and conception.

Most important to Birge’s creative outlook has been his mixed education. Prior to the move to Edinburgh, the designer studied at TEKO Design College in Denmark. But interestingly, this was only a secondary degree following an MA in Chemistry for the University of Science and Technology Cracow in 2008. Such a comprehensive knowledge base imbues the designer’s work with intellectual facets that are so often lacking in most graduate collections.

Despite having interests that are far-reaching, encompassing science, maths, and music, fashion became Birge’s passion from an early age. In September 2012, he received funding to establish the fashion label Jacob Birge Vision. Plans for the brand include establishing it as a household name, as well as showing regular collections at London Fashion Week, the first of which will be shown this February for A/W 2013/14.

Musically speaking, Birge released his first album ‘Variations’ in November 2011. His sound is ethereal and arresting, a curious combination of natural harmony and discordance. He cites music as the overwhelming influence for all of his creative work, and includes Autechre, Venetian Snares, SND, and Aphex Twin as some of his favorite artists.

Jacob Birge is by far and away one of the most talented and hard working artists I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with. His focus on modernity and drive to discover will inevitably lead him to dizzying heights.

For the full body of work visit www.jacobbirge.eu.