Ximena Escobar – Silk Scarves

Ximena Escobar grew up in the valley city of Medellin, Colombia. An almost magical part of the country surrounded by mountains and mist, as well as a rich tropical biodiversity, all of which having a large influence on her vibrant colour palette and style. “Nature to me, means life, the living, the wild, the organic and fertile. It gives me joy, inspires my curiosity and nurtures my femininity and self discovery.”

Drawn to colours and shapes at an early age, she fell in love with London, and Escobar began her professional creative life surprisingly as a graphic designer. Escobar gradually realised a way to apply her designs to different textiles, to help enhance her expressive illustrative style. “I am interested in challenging illustration with different materials and applying narratives to the repeat pattern.” She arrived at CSM to help realise these ambitions.

Ximena’s main inspiration is the relationship between women and nature. She worked on numerous illustrative projects for over six years, before returning for a masters at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts, London, in illustration – to “add story” to her designs.

She has a cross-over of ideals. Her main passions are coupled together under the word – Ecofeminism. Which is the combination of two themes, women, and nature. With an great grandmother who was a passionate orchid collector, the influences are crystal clear in her work. Ximena Escobar is constantly working with new materials, currently creating designs for t-shirts. She will like to soon work on a bigger scale, collaborate with others, and also has solo exhibitions planned in July & November.

“A perfect day here would be to wake up and have breakfast on the balcony with my boyfriend and the cats, then go to the studio and work for while, have coffee or a drink with friends- colleagues and then go out to my favourite bar”. 

 

 

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)