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Daphne

It is definitely one of my favourite artworks. I enjoyed drawing this and I’m satisfied with the result.
And again you can check it on my behance profile.

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Daphne (2016) ink on paper size: 102.1cmx72.2cm “…a heavy numbness seized her limbs, thin bark closed over her breasts, her hair turned into leaves, her arms into branches, her feet so swift a moment ago stuck fast in slow-growing roots, her face was lost in the canopy. Only her shining beauty was left…” Greek myth of Apollo and Daphne

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Poetry and Spleen. The Victorian Female Image and Fashion from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection. Part 1

For about two months I’ve been trying to write something about the exhibition Poetry and Spleen I visited in the beginning of summer. But I am only doing it now. I’m the worst blogger ever T_T Well, there is no excuse, but the good thing is that I did a lot of great photos that don’t fit into only one post. I added some of them to the slideshow.

When I observe fashion, I am mainly interested in details – maybe because I’m a sewer. So here you can see the photos of sleeves, collars, buttons, embroidery, stitches and other little beatiful things.

The exhibition which consisted of nearly 50 costumes and a large number of accessories was amazing. I’m really grateful to people who took part in the organization of this wonderful exhibition. If you have the opportunity to visit the exhibition in KUMU (Art Museum in Tallinn), don’t miss it! Please read about the exhibition here. Also you can check out my post about the previous exhibition of Alexandre Vassiliev’s collection Art Deco Fashion.

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My new project on behance.net

I’ve been too busy to post anything lately. So this is my first post after a little hiatus.

The illustration inspired by Julien Macdonald Fall 2015. Check out two another illustrations made recently.

New Nordic Fashion Illustration II

Some time ago I already mentioned that New Nordic Fashion Illustration II exhibition was opened in Tallinn. There were presented works of both Estonian and Scandinavian illustrators. And I finally went to this show! I liked all and everything! This is an incredible project, and I am very grateful to the organizers that they were able to bring illustrations of such wonderful artists, plus they supported our talented illustrators.
My primary goal was to see the works by Natalie Foss. Done! Live it looks even better than on a computer screen.

There were works of the famous Finnish illustrator Laura Laine.

But most of all I liked the works by Riika Sormunen. I thought I squealed with delight when I saw her paintings. They were slightly scary, but beatiful. I immediately told my sister: “Look! Look! It’s clear that this person is really into Ukiyo-e“.
Among other things, the plate said: “Her works bear certain resemblance to Henry Matisse’s static still lives, the composition rules of classical Japanese prints, William Morris’s and Josef Frank’s ornaments, the line work of the fifties, and the choice of subject matter of the sixties and seventies. All this blends into a feminine, decorative yet devastating everyday routine – somewhere in the next room to Virginia Woolf.”

And some more photos from the exhibition.

For those who are not from Estonia: quick, buy the tickets to Tallinn! If you are not interested in this particular exhibition, you might be in that one!

ERKI Fashion Show

On the 23rd of May ERKI Young Designers Show was held. As always, iI couldn’t see everything from where I sat. That is why I have very few pictures compared to the last year. This time I sat far away from the stage, on the left side. Some models didn’t even go our way, and I believe, about 1/3 of the audience was a bit annoyed about it. However, it didn’t upset me, because I didn’t like anything anyway. Not because collections were poor and uninteresting, but because I couldn’t relate to them. The show itself was very interesting, but I wasn’t as exited as last year.
The show didn’t have a specific theme, but for some reason almost all designers chose graphic prints, black and white looks, and woods in their videos, which were created in cooperation with the Baltic Film and Media School.
As for the collection that won the first prize, I have nothing to say… I have long understood that I don’t understand anything 🙂 But still, congratulations!

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At last I’ve created a profile on behance.net! So please check it out: https://www.behance.net/valyalahelada
I hope this sketch is catchy enough to grab your attention.

Natalie Foss (Oslo, Norway)

Natalie Foss is one of 21 illustrators, who will exhibit their works in “New Nordic Fashion Illustration II” exposition (23.05 -27.09) in Tallinn. And I’m really looking forward to see her art in real-life.
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Harnett&Pope

Today I would like to tell about the Harnett&Pope brand.
When I was wandering through the streets of Shoreditch. I saw their boutique. In the shop window, there was a shirt with beetles print on the collar that caught my attention. When I entered the shop I realised that a single dress here cost all my money for the trip to London.
I am not a big fan of shopping, and certainly not the one who sighs for some flowery dress. I would rather sew something myself than buy it in the shop. However, their collection more than matched my taste – maybe not my lifestyle, but the one I’d like to lead. I bought nothing, but decided to follow the brand and its collections.
Its creators are Christie Harnett and Katie Pope. They met during their studies at The Nottingham Trent University. Before creating their own brand, they worked in other fashion companies. Here is some info from their website:

“Harnett&Pope is a result of years of design dialogue and shared design aesthetic. The overall aesthetic is casual yet elegant creating style that stands outside the current trends. The designers are inspired by Nature, Science and Religion, Art Deco and Surrealism with ethereal and gothic undertones. These abstract concepts translate into detailed and intricate garments mixing fluid, subtly oversized and tailored geometric shapes. There is an element of opulence in each collection with this nod to bygone eras.
Harnett&Pope garments are accessible luxury – adaptable, effortless and most importantly wearable. All the garments are timeless, unique and individual so that customers can make each piece their own. Wrapped, subtly oversized and fluid shapes are dominant in each collection. Harnett&Pope create clothing that women of all ages want today.”

My trip to London. Part 2.

On our way to the Saatchi Gallery, I noticed a few interesting decorated windows. One of these belongs to boutique Joseph (fashion brand and retail chain).  Here’s another one. Unfortunatelly, i don’t remember the name of this boutique. Maybe the idea with heads of animals is not too original and fresh, but nevertheless it looks advantageous. 

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