31 January 2009

Living Patterns

(Florence Broadhurst)

(Art work by Emma Hack)

Award winning artist and skin illustrator, Emma Hack, started her career in make up and face painting. Her creativity however was to lead to greater things, and her latest collection took inspiration from the wonderful prints of the late Florence Broadhurst.

Tragically murdered in her own studio, Australian artist and designer, Florence Broadhurst was renowned for her exquisitely designed wallpapers. Her colourful, geometric and naturally inspired pieces were instantly recognisable due to their sheer detail and beauty. Mesmerised by her collection of prints, Emma Hack decided to use some of Broadhurst's most recognisable pieces in her own photography and body art work. Using live models to 'play' against the character and charm of each print, she decided to painstakingly hand paint each design in order to create living illusionary art. For me, the beauty of each print and its retracing onto skin is simply astounding. The idea of patterns lifted from the fragile paper and placed on equally fragile bare skin is a beautiful one.

Currently playing: May Angels Lead You In - Jimmy Eat World

xxxx

36 comments:

  1. wow!!
    its like a zine of prints...

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  2. That's such a beautiful concept. x

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  3. Amazing classics. Something to make you picture a time of the year, a moment perhaps of smiling..when you see it. Even if it were just a shower curtain.

    Looks like you are definitely ready for Feb.

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  4. That's absolutely beautiful!

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  5. love the photographs cool blog!
    x
    -oasisunit from 'little sneak into my life'

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  6. DK: I had never heard of Emma Hack before and I want to tell you what a treat it is to behold her work - incredible! Thanks for posting this and for elevating the writing in the blogosphere to such a polished level!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  7. These are absolutely beautiful. I can't stop looking back at the beautiful patterns and colors.
    And the entire concept is just fantastic - I had never heard of Emma Hack or Florence Broadhurst, to be honest, but now I have such an appreciation for their work!
    So thank you DK! And enjoy your weekend :)

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  8. mmmm, this kind of reminds me of that scene in garden state when zach braff's character is wearing the shirt that matches the wall paper.
    i want my room to have some of that wall paper all over it.
    do you want to trade links? i'm a constant lurk.
    love from heartbreak stroll xx

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  9. These prints are so cool, and I also love the concept!
    Hope you're well Dapper(:

    xx

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  10. I will have to tell my Mom. Thank you. =]

    I love paisley prints, would make for great wallpaper in the bathroom or bedroom. xxxxxx

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  11. Wow the story of Florence Broadhurst is indeed a sad one! She was enormously talented. I love Emma Hacks work. she is so talented and to have used Florence's work? genius. it is breath taking, darling how are you? hope your ok.
    muah x
    marian

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  12. that's amazing, such an incredible amount of effort really paid off.

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  13. these are fantastic!
    i'll be keeping my eye out for her... shes definately got the talent for it!
    mxx

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  14. Wow, this is truly amazing! I love all these patterns on the women and I just can't believe my eyes!

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  15. Amazing! I love it all! And your blog! :)

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  16. I love that woman, she was as beautiful in life as her designs that wall in people's everyday life ...

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  17. for the record, my cortch doesn't look like thaaat! jk, these are amazing. xo

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  18. Amazing, those are gorgeous prints.
    I can't imagine how difficult it must've been to re-create those onto a human canvas.

    I love how I learn something new every time I read your blog :]

    P.s.
    Great song, May Angels Lead You In I'm a big JEW fan. <3

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  19. Those pictures are AWESOME!! :)

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  20. omg it's so good to be in touch with technology! I have missed your blog! and i am so glad to have caught up on your posts.... Etnies and Disney what a dream... i dig the Emma Hack artwork.... it reminds me of Adams Family 2, when Wednesday Adams camouflages with the dreary wallpaper to eavesdrop.

    I hope you have been well :)

    And yes... London-town soon... March to be exact ;)

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  21. awesome i esp like the last foto :o)

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  22. The only word that springs to mind is WOW!

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  23. those were great, like this !!1

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  24. That is.. nothing short of insane. But in a really, really amazing way. How terrible that she was murdered.

    Jimmy Eat World are great, aren't they?

    peace&love, nicole.

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  25. absolutely gorgeous! thanks for sharing.

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  26. These photos are just - amazing!

    FM

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  27. whoa, this is trippy. i can't imagine the work that must have gone into painting all the models. it looks amazing, tho.

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  28. This is awesome! You find the most amazing and mesmerizing art/eds to post.

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  29. Wow these are amazing, I can't even think how painstaking this must have been to put together. Thanks for posting this!

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