QUIRKY DOODLINGS BY T-WEI

by Ariadna Zierold

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T-Wei is an artist and illustrator working in Wellington, NZ. Aside from his personal body of work of quirky drawings, his work experience includes the likes of Sideshow Collectibles, PikPok, and Resn.

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Influenced by the street, his art is punctuated by clean lines and careful detail. The characters that populate his artwork appear to inhabit a real space and reflect the fun T-Wei has in creating these worlds.

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SILKSCREEN ILLUSTRATIONS BY MARION JDANOFF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin-based artist Marion Jdanoff is involved in Palefroi, an art collective in Germany. She currently focuses her work on silkscreen printings and papier-mâché sculptures – two ancestral techniques whose premises originate from China.

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“Drawing is a way to make mountains when one is bored in the plains, to construct armies and send them dying, or not, on the battlefield, to do extremely dangerous and scientific experiments and saturate the rest with animals, for the sport and/or the mythology. To make it short, drawing is really very practical. And silkscreen puts new challenges to it.” Marion Jdanoff

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TRASH CULTURE BY SEAN MORRIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sean Morris is a Perth-born artist and illustrator, currently based in Melbourne. He works across a range of mediums, including comic-inspired digital drawings, pencils, watercolors, acrylics and the occasional aerosol mural.

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With no formal education in drawing or illustration, his style devolved over time, from the more realistic figures he was drawing when starting out, to now not-so-beautiful, nor traditional, characters in his works. Sometimes grotesque and sometimes beautiful, these characters are curious studies of outsider living, and high-brow tributes to alleged low-culture. Trash culture is a common trope through the work of Sean Morris, shaped by his affection of drawing attention to the little physical imperfections that absolutely everyone has. His work also carries in it elements, be they pop sensibilities, or iconography, that everyone can relate to. Looking under the skin of our metropolistic culture for gems of uniqueness, the scenarios and characters that his work portrays hold their own attraction, leaving a viewer torn between curiosity and the desire to avert their eyes and look away.

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MYSTERIOUS ARTWORK BY CELI LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Illustrator and designer Celi Lee works primarily as a motion-graphic designer, but she has always been attracted to print and patterns. Born in Beijing, and a graduate from University for the Creative Arts, she now lives and works in London, where she has undertaken a variety of projects from art-based briefs to commercial website design.

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Her drawings are all created with graphite on paper, but Lee also likes to work with different techniques and mediums. She often uses a mix of traditional and digital techniques. Her narrative artworks have a strong connection to nature and different things around her. She combines these influences with a surreal touch of unknown or fictional worlds.

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Fashion Forward: Drawings You Can Wear | EDDA GIMNES

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes’ Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs of Edda’s newest collection is truly a work of art.

Edda is the hottest Norwegian fashion designer out of London College of Fashion, with several awards and positive critiques already under her belt. In an interview with Norwegian Arts, Edda states, “I enjoy using old objects and things that have gone to waste, so for my collection I have been ‘The Ragpicker’ of my own project.  I have been making my own archive and collecting things from society in London and outside, that has been refused, forgotten and lost”, when she tries to explain how her creative process develops, from idea to collection.”

Look out on the runway for more fashion forward collections from Edda Gimnes.

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)
Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Photos: Yoo Sun

COMPLEX CHAOS BY BRECHT VANDENBROUCKE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Inspired by peers such as David Shrigley, Charlotte Solomon and Mark Beyer, Brecht Vandenbroucke’s view of the world is a deliciously ill-natured one, where every attempt to live your life peaceful, ambitious and individual are doomed to fail due to the complex chaos that’s surrounding us everyday.

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“The idea was based on how everyone has an opinion on everything these days and needs to share it, so I decided to do something funny with that. I tried to put the importance of the art world into perspective and I also tried to create a book that is very visual. It’s completely hand-painted and there is no dialogue, just a few words here and there.” Brecht Vandenbroucke

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LOCAL OUTSIDERS BY JOEL DANIEL PHILLIPS

by Ariadna Zierold

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In San Francisco based artist Joel Daniel Phillips’ art, the characters living in his neighborhood are brought to the center stage and become the hero of their own story. His graphite and charcoal drawings feature people on the streets who generally go unnoticed by the public, or are virtually ignored, only to become celebrated in his monumental works.

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