When I grow up, I want to be an artist. At least I'm 98% sure I do... sometimes it's so hard for me to even imagine owning a studio and selling work for a living. I have a full-time job, and by the time I get home, get my run in and eat dinner, I don't feel like doing anything other than sitting on my butt and watching TV.
And then I read the blog of photographer Kirsty Mitchell. How incredibly inspiring! She and I are alike in many ways, and reading about her transition from full-time fashion designer working the grind in the city to full-time artist working her own crazy hours and building her dreams really inspired me to get working on my own portfolio. Maybe some day I'll be able to grow some guts and venture out into the art world too.
Kirsty's elaborate costumes, incredible props and meticulous installations are so detailed, I get sucked into each and every photo as my eyes try to take in every last bit of hand-crafted beauty. See what I mean? Wow... not a touch of Photoshop- honestly. Everything in the pictures was on the set.
While I have yet to hire models and go to the great lengths for photo shoots that Kirsty and her team do, I too prefer to shoot in natural light outdoors in beautiful, colorful locations. I also tend to create a lot of props for my photography. I love to incorporate textiles into my work too, mainly knit and crotchet, and while I can't put "fashion designer" on my resume, I like to think I can navigate my way around some costumes.
I'm almost embarrassed to post these after looking at Kirsty's work, but here are a few of my favorite photos I made in undergrad. I made all the knitted objects, and the subject of the final image is a huge knitted piece I made out of recycling twine, knit on sharpened one inch dowels and dip-dyed to represent the change of seasons, then secured it to the trees as if they themselves were knitting the fabric of life on earth.
|Earthwears #1, 2012|
|Earthwears #2, 2012|
|Earthwears #3, 2012|
|Self Portrait, 2012|
|The Gift of Change, 2012|
|Sneak peek... this may take a while!|
|Spud is enjoying the clean rug and open space.|
|A fresh, blank idea board ready to collect inspiration!|
|Finally got a bookshelf.|