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The Beautiful Patterns of Andrea Carew-Reid

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An artist’s signature style can tell a lot of the person’s character by the colours and elements they use and Andrea Carew-Reid’s illustrations are indicative of her strong love for animals and colours. Her success on social media has spearheaded Andrea to pursue her own online store that sells originals and prints as well as lovely home wares. There’s definitely nothing stopping this girl chasing her love of animals, cultural designs and art and Vashti had the chance to speak to this amazing artist about her love affair with all things beautiful.

VM: What got you started down this artistic/creative path?

ACR: I have loved art since I can remember. During high school art was the only class I put 100% effort into and I knew that was the only path for me, so after school I continued my arts study at TAFE then University.

VM: What would be one of your fondest moments of art?

ACR: I have many fond moments of art as it brings me a lot of joy, one of my most memorable would be when I was 13. I did a little watercolour painting of some puffins that my mum had framed and entered it into the local show. It won its category and also most popular in show. I got a gift voucher and I spent the entire thing on a very expensive set of watercolour paints that I treasured.

VM: There is a hint of tribal influences in your paintings. Is that deliberate?

ACR: I just love the intricate beauty of patterns and pattern is a strong element in tribal art. I love the extensive and precise detail in indigenous Australian artwork, the geometrical balance of African and Aztec art, and the organic shapes and bright colours used in Turkish and morocco design. I guess I am influenced by traditional cultures from all over the world.

VM: Why did you decide to branch out into homewares?

ACR: I love interior design, my dream is to renovate an old character home and although I primarily paint and illustrate I still enjoy creating in many different ways. I guess it’s my way of changing it up while still being able to embody my signature style, and I have so many ideas! It allows my art to reach a larger audience to.

VM: Your debut solo exhibition, “COEXIST”, was a huge success. What’s your next big creative goal?

ACR: In the long term I would like to open my own homewares store that has a gallery space within, it would provide an outlet for me to sell my art alongside other artists work. Currently though I am focused on doing some group exhibitions with other west Australian artists.

VM: What would you say were your biggest challenges?

ACR: Anyone wishing to pursue a career in a creative industry will tell you it is a HUGE challenge. It takes a lot of hard work, time and dedication. For me working full time during the week in another job means giving up weekends, evenings and social events so I can work on my art. I am happy to do that as I love making art but it is always a constant battle with time.

Andrea Carew-Reid is all about making that is fun, and quirky, “I like art that can tell a story and also look great on the wall. I hope to be able to provide art for a variety of people, I am forever experimenting with new ideas”. So, drop by her website and check out the one-of-a-kind beautiful art pieces and maybe pick up a retro phone cushion! I can bet you as much that you’ll definitely fall in love with eclectic bohemian pieces.

 

Website: www.reidandcrew.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artbyandreacr

Wylden: interview

 

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Vancouver based jewelry designer, Trisha Lazaroo is the creative mind behind Wylden. Having started in 2010, Trisha fell in love with colourful mess that is, creating jewelry. Simplistic and elegant, Wylden emphasizes modern femininity with ever evolving style. Despite continually experimenting with her jewelry, her background is one that has had “a history of goldsmiths.” Wylden represents “a new history being written” and Vashti Magazine had a chance to discover more about this gem on the other side of the world from us.

VM: Name a few influences on your artistic style.

TL: It’s hard attributing my style to one particular thing/person. Especially since I find that my style has evolved, and will probably continue to do so. I will say though, that music is definitely one of those things that really help fuel my work. Definitely helps to be surrounded by my talented and inspiring friends too.

VM: What would be one of your fondest moments while creating your work?

TL: Hmm.. fondest moment hey. As a whole I generally enjoy each stage of the production. What I am fond of though is the personal touch behind each piece. The nature of making things by hand comes with certain unpredictability. So each piece has slight differences from each other. I quite like that.

VM: Your jewelry is all minimalistic. Is that deliberate or is that your personal preference?

TL: I guess you could say both? It’s deliberate in the sense that I’ve set out to create jewelry that I myself would wear. Honestly, I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to jewelry. So I like not having to switch out my pieces too often! Easy breezy!

VM: You make these pieces by hand, right? How do you go about doing that?

TL: It depends on what I’m making. I usually have to prep my materials beforehand, like measuring and cutting my metals to the right size. After which I fabricate the metals to the desired form. This usually requires a combination of sawing and hammering. And if soldering is required, I bring out my handy torch to get the job done. Once my metals have been properly soldered, I do some major clean up and polish.


VM: Does something usually inspire you when you make a piece of jewelry?

TL: Like most, I draw inspiration from whatever grabs my attention! Whether it’s a piece of music or a hint of color. The main thing really, is to continually experiment and work at it. I find that most inspired ideas usually come from those instances.

VM: What would you say are your biggest challenges?

TL: I’d have to say the insecurities that come along with being a creative. For a long time, I felt uncomfortable calling myself a jewelry maker / designer. I felt like I wasn’t good enough to be doing this. When you’ve invested so much of yourself into your work and put it on display, it all starts to feel a little daunting. It’s something I still tackle with from time to time, but I’ve got a better handle on it.

 

VM: Finally, why the name, WYLDEN? Is there a certain meaning behind it?

TL: It’s kind of a long story.. But I’ll do my best to explain it. When I started working with jewelry, it didn’t quite hit me that my family has had a history of goldsmiths. It was only after the fact, that I put the pieces together. My maternal grandpa, ‘gong gong’, was a goldsmith and so with his grandfather. Wanting to incorporate this history, I took his English name, William, and split it with my paternal grandpa’s name, Dennis. To me, Wylden represents a new history being written.

Each piece is carefully handcrafted and welded into something that feels so good on you! And something like that can never be bad! Constantly growing, this project  is one to look out for and definitely one that “creates pieces that reveal the inner qualities of materials and objects.” And I’m certainly happy to have had the chance to speak to this lovely lady. So check out her website and trust me – you will not be disappointed!

Website: http://wylden.bigcartel.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wylden/622260317891548

 

 

Karen Walker’s Worldly Vision

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Her eyewear campaigns have featured children, advanced style stars, albinos and now Karen Walker is using the advertising platform to highlight the plight of poverty-stricken African regions, working with the United Nations’ International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative.

The New Zealand-based designer just released her Spring 2014 campaign in which she gives a face to the Kenyan artisans who worked on her range. Karen Walker is known for her provocative, out of the ordinary visuals. The latest campaign however, called ‘Karen Walker Visible’, might be the most innovative one yet.

For the range, the designer worked with a group of Kenyan artists who created the pouches sold with each pair of sunglasses purchased. Made using local materials, machinists, tailors, metal workers and Maasai beaders, the result is an exquisitely crafted collection of embellished and screen-sprinted sunglass slips.

It’s these craftsmen and women who are cast in the campaign, shot by Derek Henderson, created a visually arresting tribute to the artists’ culture and creative talent.

The Ethical Fashion Initiative aims to promote fair and sustainable business rather than a reliance on aid in disadvantaged African and Haitian communities, bringing together craftspeople and international brands to produce products and hope to change the future with these initiatives.

Karen was thrilled to be able to work with the Ethical Fashion Initiative on this project and explained that she “wanted to expand on that by presenting not only the pouches they’re creating for us, but also something more intimate – a glimpse into the world that the work is coming from.”

“This campaign captures both this innate optimism and love of maximum impact in the images themselves and also the way in which they direct our attention to this part of the world and the work being done there. In short, the images help bring visibility to this place, these people and the work of the Ethical Fashion Initiative.”

The new collection of sunglasses includes oversized black frames with colour-tinted translucent lenses and gold trims, gold glitter and filigree styles, and reflective gold lenses.

For further information on the Ethical Fashion Initiative, visit www.ethical-fashion.org

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Karen Walker Visible Eyewear

http://www.karenwalkereyewear.com/#visible2014/page1