It’s amazing how social media has changed the art and fashion world. From the way artists and designers create to the way we devour their creations, we now live in a world where everything is both aspirational yet accessible. While we used to rely on established corporations and publishing firms to reach the public with our creativity we all now have the privilege of self-publishing. We all now have access to an audience which comes with its benefits and drawbacks. Its never been easier to show our work to others and yet its never been harder to stand out in the crowd. With so much saturation and competition, the pressure to be unique has never been greater and setting out to create with the primary goal of gaining followers and attention doesn’t always lend itself to true creativity or quality work. It may be a total cliche, but those who stay unfailingly true to themselves and write, design, and create solely with the idea of expressing themselves and speaking to those who relate to them are the ones who end up being a breath of fresh air. As someone who is a self-proclaimed addict to social, I never stop being inspired by self-made artists. This week was no exception. Here are five things that have got my wheels turning and my own creative juices flowing.
1 // Floral Photography
A photographer from Melbourne, Kelly plays with flowers. Her photography subjects are simple: flowers, kids, and lifestyle. With a style that is minimalistic yet whimsical, the shots are centered around a single focus – one flower and a cup of coffee for example, yet they are completely dynamic. Simple yet striking, this self-made photographer inspires me to play with flowers too.
2 // Sew Sketchy
For those who haven’t yet had the pure pleasure of being introduced to this fashion sassafras, allow me to do the honours. The spirit animal of fashionistas all over, Sew Sketchy is a cheeky chain-smoking fashionista with a love for kale, Bergdorfs, Valentino and Vuitton. She is the beloved creation of an anonymous illustrator and she has since become inspiration for major fashion houses. Her philosophy that “more is more and less is a bore” is pretty much my mantra.
I’m a quintessential girly girl. I love pink. I love lace. I love frills, flowers and all things pretty. So the influx of spring styles in candy-like hues delights me. I particularly love the spring collection from Oak + Fort. The brand’s characteristically minimalist silhouettes and cuts are given a sweet update with a confection inspired palette of ballet slipper pink, periwinkle blue and pale mint. Don’t get me wrong, I love Oak + Fort, but its a refreshing change from the brand’s usual gravitation towards earthy neutrals.
4 // MCMC “Maui”
My fragrance wardrobe is huge and I certainly don’t need any new perfume bottles cluttering my dresser, but I won’t be able to resist adding this to my collection. With breezy notes of frangipani, tuberose (this heady flower is one of my favorites) bamboo, young ginger and anise, it is natural, beachy and fresh reminiscent of salty ocean spray and sea-side flowers. Indie perfume house MCMC has made a lot of stunning perfumes – Garden and Hunter are also favorites of mine, but Maui is a true gem.
5 // Julie Thevenot
A perk of my new job is that I have the privilege of coming across a ton of amazing emerging designers and mind is continuously blown by the talent that can be found in hidden little boutiques. Julie Thevenot is a Brooklyn-based jewelry designer who creates colourful, somewhat avante garde pieces out of painted wood and leather. Although I usually gravitate towards more understated, dainty pieces, it was love at first sight when I first came across her designs. Thevenot’s hand-made bold creations will make an instant statement when worn with a pared-down, basic ensemble – think a black turtleneck and high-waisted flares.