" I eat raw seal meat. Polar bears live on it. It tastes rich, like eating beef liver socked in oil, but it makes you feel like a fire is burning in your stomach."
...the first pile of sketches for the photography project with Lee Howell. Looking at lots of images and reading a lot about different communities for one of the first parts of the shoot. Below are some images inspired by the clothing of yak herders in Tibet and folk tales and costume of nomads in Tibet and Mongolia.
“At last I fell fast asleep on the grass & awoke with a chorus of birds singing around me, & squirrels running up the trees & some Woodpeckers laughing, & it was as pleasant a rural scene as ever I saw, & I did not care one penny how any of the beasts or birds had been formed.”
— Charles Darwin, letter to his wife, April 28, 1858
Charles Darwin. Chalk pastel and acrylic paint.
...an exciting project in partnership with Edinburgh-based photographer Lee Howell! Exploring the fundamentals of ethnic style worldwide, focusing on less commonly portrayed people and places. The challenge with this project lies in creating an appropriate reinterpretation of cultural elements without misrepresenting the people to whom they belong. Working with Lee's imaginative aesthetic I hope to go beyond the "fashion" norm to create images exciting in style and true in form. Here's a look at some of my initial research; the Mursi tribe of southwestern Ethiopia, some of China's Tibetan herders and some colourful images from Turkey. Beauty in simplicity, in function, and in tradition.
My online brainstorm and sketchbook. Here's what I'm working on and what I'm inspired by.