Girl Power by Liz Wolfe
Summary / introduction
Netdiver has always made a special effort to recognize the work of female creators. There are so many talented women blazing trails in design, sometimes it’s easy to forget that women are still severely underrepresented in many areas of the industry. Netdiver’s Powagirrrls section helps target this inequity through its focus on "women who rock the design scene…with more than pink design!"
I’m happy to have this opportunity to share with you the work of some of my favorite female creators.
Julie Moon — product designer, ceramics
Review: I recently discovered the amazing work of ceramic artist Julie Moon. Her creations are fascinating and beautiful; simultaneously modern and traditional, strange and familiar. Inspired by rock ‘n roll and traditional Korean sculpture, Julie’s works are a thought provoking tribute to the old and the new.
Amy Ross — artist, illustrator
Review: I love these visual experiments in genetic mutation! Amy Ross says her interest in the idea of artist as mad scientist inspired her to create these works.
“My drawings offer visual hypotheses to the question: what would happen if the DNA sequence of a plant or mushroom were spliced with that of an animal? These images subvert the traditional genre of botanical illustration by approaching the close study of the natural world through the lens of genetic engineering and mutation gone awry”.
Twinkie Chan — textile designer
Review: I am a huge fan of the yarn-pop explosion that is Twinkie Chan. Specializing in the design and creation of food-themed scarves, purses and other handcrafted treats, Twinkie is one of the most prolific creators I’ve encountered in recent years. Fried chicken drumstick scarf, anyone?
Check out her gallery and your mood will instantly improve.
Robyn Cumming — photographer
Review: Robyn Cumming’s photographic constructions are funny, attractive and a little bit weird. Every detail of her work is planned in advance, and each set is painstakingly constructed in her studio, sometimes taking an entire week to build.
I especially like her new series "Lady Things", a surreal collection of portraits of women veiled in objects typically associated with femininity.
Anna Ter Haar — product designer
Review: Recent graduate Anna Ter Haar is obsessed with "capturing a movement of movement." In her conceptual furniture series, she drips poly-urethane resin through holes in chairs and stools, creating unbelievably organic-looking stalactite forms.
"This research is the result of my fascination for everything that differs from the normal: the odd man out, the freaks," she says. "Certain appearances are so ugly and disgusting that they become interesting."
Mijn Schatje — illustrator, graphic designer
Review: She is only 25 years old, but Mijn Schatje has already made her mark on the world of illustration. Her computer creations are impressive in their degree of detail, their artistry and their design.
She takes the conventions of wide-eyed doll art and elevates this genre to a whole new level of sophistication.
Editor’s note: This is probably one of the worst nightmare that can happen to an editor, someone reporting that one of your covered artist may be a fraud.
It is or It is not (plagiarism)
Gaëlle Denis — motion graphics
Review: The surreal, quirky animations of Gaëlle Denis inspire a sense of childlike wonder. Like a children’s book coming to life, her rich playful universe draws you in and takes hold of your imagination.
Her new spot for United Airlines features a dizzying array of fantastical imagery; an entire alternate reality created in the clouds.
Zoe Bradley — window installations, set design
Review: Known for her theatrical sense of style, Zoe Bradley has built an incredible portfolio of fashion sculptures constructed almost entirely out of paper. In addition to her extravagant window installations, she has also created numerous headpieces, dresses and sets for ad campaigns, editorials and catwalk shows.
I love the way she uses this deceptively simple medium to create such beautiful and elaborate work.
Fafi — graffiti artist
Review: Fafi started out 14 years ago painting in the streets of her hometown, Toulouse. Now famous around the world for her paintings of sexy, liberated girls, Fafi continues to inspire.
Matali Crasset — interior designer, industrial designer
Review: One of the most celebrated stars of the international design scene, Paris-based Matali Crasset is an unstoppable force. Working on an unbelievably diverse range of projects, including products, graphics, conceptual installations, museum exhibits and interiors, Matali is devoted to the art of play and experimentation.
"I’m interested in breaking the rules," she says. "It is when you break the codes that you have access to a lot of possibilities. As adults we need to have the structure with which to experiment. And I really like this idea now because it allows me to remain curious and to try new things."
Netdiver asked all fab scouts to answer same 3 questions..
#1 – Biggest hurdle overcomed?
Turning my mind off when creating.
#2 – Greatest moment?
The birth of my son.
#3 – What next?
>A new photo series: “Happiness is Contagious”.
artwork / Diseased Deer
Liz Wolfe is a photographer based in Toronto who knows the power of eye candy.. literally! Her photographic compositions are quirky and original and follows the path of the unexpected.
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