Logic + geometry + space form the common denominator in all Maiko Takeda pieces. It’s a world in which the simple will seem complicated and order turns to chaos. But do not be afraid to indulge, as at the end you will always find that the common denominator stands (right there at the bottom where it belongs). Maiko Takeda grew up in a post boom Tokyo where she quickly was faced with the challenge of wanting to create products of individual and timeless quality in a country slowly coming to a grinding halt. This meant that she more and more looked to areas outside of fashion and pop culture for impulses, exploring the city by foot, finding inspiration in the smallest and most random of things. Within the pieces, there is the juxtaposition of various elements. Environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity, create an experience of wonder and bewilderment for the adorned. The form of her work itself can never be its sole feature as the extra element is always seeking to transcend the expectations of the wearer as part of the work. After having moved to London she studied Jewellery Design BA(Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is currently doing a Masters in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. Her work experience includes Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon.
Peta Clancy has predominantly worked with the medium of photography. Recently her practice has expanded into new mediums: performance, sculpture, video and installation. Her photographic practice points to the ‘expanded’ field of photography. She has explored the porous membrane of the body interrogating the smooth surface of the photograph: piercing, crumpling, creasing and embedding it in wax.
Born in 1979, Ulric Collette, self-taught photographer, studied art and graphic design in Quebec city in the late 90s and now work as art director for Collette, a communication studio in Quebec region. The work of Ulric has been presented in various websites, magazines and books all over the world (Prism, Global Investor, Esquire, Light and Lens, Snap, Fubiz, My Modern Met, Adobe, etc). Most recently, his work on the genetic portraits series was shortlisted in the world most prestigious advertising awards show, the Cannes Lion.
Ester Partegàs (b. 1972 La Garrigia, Barcelona) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has an M.F.A. (Sculpture) from the Universitat de Barcelona, and has completed Postgraduate studies at Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. She participated in the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York in 1999. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including The Aldrich Museum, CT; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; 2nd Moscow Bienniale; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro NC; Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee WI; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA; Cercle Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona; Sculpture Center, New York; Rice University Art Gallery, Houston TX; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York.
” Swooning over lush National Geographic landscapes for years inspired me at an early age, alerting my subconscious that I was to be a photographer. Upon my entrance into the BFA program for Photography at Montclair State University, my intent was to hone my skills and focus successfully on travel imagery, however this training ground sparked my conscious with new ideas, themes, and image making techniques, I was inundated with a zest to create. Now, women, water, and special processes are my main dig. It is my desire as a young artist to enhance and support feminist and bodily dialogue with images that interact with people and settings that may at times appear unnerving, but lovely.” – Haylee Anne
Hanna Ljungh works with video, photography and sculpture. She was born 1974 in Washington DC, USA, but lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Hanna Ljungh has a B.F.A. from Parson School of Design, New York and a M.F.A from Konstfack, Stockholm. Recently her work has been shown at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Galleri Pictura in Lund, Nacka Konsthall, Virserums konsthall and Vigelandmuseet in Oslo, Norway.
The ‘Foodscapes’ are created in Carl’s London studio where they are built on top of a large purpose built triangular table top. The scenes are photographed in layers from foreground to background and sky as the process is very time consuming and so the food quickly wilts under the lights. Each element is then put together in post production to achieve the final image.
Mário Cravo Neto (Salvador, April 20, 1947 — Salvador, August 9, 2009) was a Brazilian photographer, sculptor and draughtsman. Mário Cravo, son of the sculptor Mário Cravo Júnior, is considered one of the most important photographers of Brazil. Since his early life, he was in contact with circle of artists and, when an adolescent, he met with Pierre Verger, friend of his father. In 1968, he studied for two years at the Art Students League of New York. After that, he returned to Brazil and first exhibits the sculptures created in New York at the 12th São Paulo Art Biennial.