Thank you to Raw Brisbane for having me along at the Panorama showcase at the Arena on Friday night.
This is the one night of the month I always look forward to. It’s a chance to talk with real artists about real work they are producing locally.
I always start my night with a circle of the artists and photographers work on display upstairs. Here a few of the artists I spoke with.
Above, Tobias from Tobias Lord Photography. The position of the buildings and light is what caught the attention of Tobias in this photo. Tobias also loves photographing the surf and attended the Quick Silver Pro last year, which I also did too.
Artist Clare Stephens (above) put on a spectacular display of colour for her exhibit.
These portraits showcase her experiences through motherhood. Clare specialises in mother and child, pregnancy and breastfeeding portraits. This really is ideal for people who prefer not to have their photos taken but still wan to capture the memories of something very personal and special.
It was a pleasure to share Kassi Mulligan’s first ever public showcase for her Tigiris Illustrations.
Kassi loves to work using coloured pencil and she also enjoys digital art using Photoshop and Illustrator.
I thought her illustrations would make cute gifts for friends. Most were of animals and she even does portraits.
This lady, Ms Elly Rubio (L Creative) sure also knows how to use a pencil! When asked how long it takes her to complete a drawing, she said 8 to 12 hours. This is absolutely incredible when you look at what she achieves. Her drawings are so detailed they mirror real photos.
Full credit to Pia Lane hair stylist Myke O’Halloran for doing these ladies hair! Lots of bright colours and cool styles (above and below).
My favourite part of the evening is watching the fashion parade. In particular I fell in love with two local labels, Mango Rains and Frida the label. So much so I will be meeting with these ladies to dress me for the next international fashion week I attend hopefully soon!
The first of the fashioned labels of the night was glamorous Ivy Rose Design Studio from Hervey Bay. Designer Sue Flewell-Smith has has used silk and lace to create beautiful gowns that are timeless and unique for women with individual style.
The great news is Ivy Rose Design Studio will also be at the Emerging Designer show at the Teneriffe Festival on Saturday 5 July.
Next, FRIDA the label‘s mid season Bergen Co collection caught my eye due to the classic high waist cuts and of course the acid wash denim print.
Designer Sofia Maguire teamed the outfits with Nike flats which gave the them the lay back sports feel that is still very popular at the moment.
Designer Sofia Maguire helps prepare one of the models before the show.
Above, cute Danny boy bucket hat in reversible denim. This outfit was one of my favourites!
Above, model rocks the Tommie dress.
Above, Ralph acid-wash mini and Sonny skivvy in jasper green
Make up by Nicole Hollywood – Make Up Artist (far left) and hair by Charmayne Robinson (far right).
Safa Amira Amatullah Itote of the label AMIRA is one of many Australian fashion designers dedicated to creating a more sustainable industry.
Her collection was 100% designed and made in Australia using natural and organic fabrics.
Models line up ready to go on stage. Their make up was by Tyneale Hahn Make Up Artist.
I’m a lover of colour, prints and all lady like clothing styles. Therefore the matching sets from Mango Rains stole my heart!
Designer Virginia spent two years living in Africa where she experienced first hand the level of poverty, the inadequate education and lack of opportunities available, particularly for women.
Virginia’s pieces are not only made in Australia for Australians, but every cent of Net Profit from every sale goes back to helping educate and train women in developing nations.
This sure would make you feel that bit better wearing her pieces knowing you not only look amazing but are also helping to make a difference through fashion to the lives of others!
Models had make up done by Bethany Pricket and hair by Chantelle Nydal.
Duma crop top and mdada skirt.
Conga twiga crop top and conga mdada skirt.
Thanks for reading! I can’t wait until the next showcase to discover more talented artists.
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