Embracing the female figure and diverse fashions
Media: Digital Painting This painting is inspired by individuals with limb difference and amputees. Please not that the correct term and usage depends on the individual themselves. I remember seeing an article on model, Viktoria Modesta some years back and falling in love with her work. It made me question once again why the bodies we see marketed to us showcase so little diversity and feature some much uniformity.
Media: Digital Painting This painting was inspired by the designs of Mele Tonga Tamanilo of Kanumez designs. I was drawn to the way this Tongan designer found a way to fuse contemporary fashion with cultural tradition. The Tongan "Kiekie," is the girdle resembling item around this woman's waist, and is a way to pay homage to ancestral lands.
Media: Digital Painting Like many cultures affected by colonization, the Herero people have endured great tragedy. they have been the target of genocide and apartheid, yet still remain today. Their clothing is a way to acknowledge this past and showcase their identity. The dress combines elements of the Victorian German missionary clothing with important cultural symbols. Their hats are inspired by cow horns, a symbol of prosperity. Herero are found in Namibia, Angola and Botswana.