Featured Artist: Vanessa Acosta of Paragon Desert

 

"Designing with indigenous, hand-woven textiles means that you are working with sacred materials. Before I dove into this brown-owned business, I had to check myself. I had to be sure I was doing it the right way. Ethics and social consciousness are important to always keep in mind when getting into a business venture in fashion."
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The Town of my Father by Kyle Everett Smith

 

Photographer: Kyle Everett Smith / @instatrife

Medium: Film, medium format

 

Kyle Everett Smith is an American photographer, based in Los Angeles. His work focuses on mundane spaces in modern America. Smith is a published Photographer with experience in both film and digital formats. He is currently working toward an MFA in photography.

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To Mars and to Never Return: Intimates with Melissa Ann Taylor

 

"It's very scary to put your work on display, as any Artist can probably relate to. I've modeled for most of my own look books and it feels a little surreal to be literally standing in my own underwear pretty much publicly"

 

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Featured Artist: #ARTANDBLING by Lezanne Viviers

 

Concept and Art Direction: Lezanne Viviers / @lezanneviviers

Photographer: Hanro Havenga / @hanrohavenga

Model: Megs Woolley / @in_no_rush

Styling: Daisie Jo Grobler /  @daisieJo and Lezanne Viviers

Make-up: Annice Make-up / @annicemakeup and Sibella Weber / @Sibellaweber

Post-Production: Lezanne Viviers

Clothing: Marianne Fassler / @MARIANNEFASSLEROFFICIAL and DaisieJo, stylist’s own

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

 

“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.” - René Magritte

 

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Studio Visit: A Conversation with Kristian Burford

 

A Q&A at the studio with Kristian Burford / @kristianburford

Photographer: Kimberly Marie / @bootsymarie

Location: Los Angeles, California

 

"There is an important link between terror and intimacy ... it has something to do with mirrors." 

 

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Featured Artist: Maria Agustina

 

Photographer: Maria Augustina 

Location: Argentina 

cargocollective.com/agustinaxmaria
flickr.com/photos/infinitopuntorojo
agustinaxmaria.tumblr.com

 

"Exploring a nude aesthetic that shows the complexity of women rather than just their objectified female body, usually only seen through the male gaze."

 

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Bits and Bods by Bethan Mooney and Isabella Connelley

 

Photographers: Bethan Mooney / @bethanmooney 

Isabella Connelley / @isabellaconnelley of Bits and Bods / @bitsandbods

Location: Melbourne, Australia 

 

"When audiences gasp, cringe, laugh - we start to break down taboos and rubbish ideas that sex and intimacy should be shameful and secretive."

 

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Make Love by Tina Maria Elena

 

Artist: Tina Maria Elena / @tinamariaelena

Medium: Drawings, watercolor, hand cut paper

Location: Odense, Denmark

 

"It feels like there’s finally a common voice from women around the world who are taking charge of their sensuality and supporting each other in the fight against the taboo that has forced us down for so long."

 

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