In The Know: Artist Spotlight

Inspiration for me comes from a multitude of places. Often, I am inspired by my surroundings and other times I am influenced by other artful forms. As liberating as it is to regularly come across exceptional work by emerging creatives from across the globe, it’s equally refreshing for me to share personal inspirations and current favourites regarding design and the arts.

These are a few independent and respectable artists that you should check out—all of whom are talented, and each bring their own perspective to the art, music, and fashion industry. Celebrating established talent moving and shaking up the community, in addition to a unique and stunningly sharp cover for your playlist.   

Colour Theory:
Astrid Sarkissian creates printed silk scarves for men and women that not only have character, but bring life to textile art. The Central Saint Martins alumna started her luxury eponymous label in 2012, and has managed to produce striking prints motivated by everything from baroque and gothic architecture to her own paintings.

She uses traditional and progressive techniques on silk fabrics (including digital printing), which are often fuelled with brilliant colour, thematic motifs, or uptown patterns. Take a look at her work below and see how each piece tell a story of their own. There's something for everyone: daring fashionistas, sophisticates, gents, and even hipsters. Shop her pieces here.
 
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In My Ear: Kiah Victoria
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You don't even have to be a fan of Coldplay’s “Fix You” to know the gist of how the tune goes. And, if you are, then you've probably heard countless renditions of the UK band’s song. But, you’ve probably not heard any version quite like this one by songstress, Kiah Victoria. You will be pleasantly surprised. 

The young New York native stayed somewhat true to the original development of the song, however it’s sharply enveloped in her individual musical style, and spurs out a chock full of riveting vocal control and range that’s pretty phenomenal. There’s been buzz about her for quite some time and more recently with her ace covers.

Sounds like: The sultry softness of Joy Denalane, and slight whispers of Corrine Bailey Rae with the cooling effect of Indie Arie, one that demands your attention. Victoria's voice is captivating and your ears will want gulps more if you also like jazz, D'angelo, electro-soul, indie, or neo-soul, etc. Check out some of her other tunes like Rooftop, and Lover's Anthem, a personal favourite.


Update: Soundcloud version of "Fix You" has been deleted.


Visual Art:
Photographer, Ricardo Abrahao found his forte after coming back from a backpacking trip to Asia. Having grasped a desire for visual storytelling, he decided to document his surroundings. Consequently, he became a photographer.  

From the moment that I saw the Kami editorial that he did for 160g magazine in 2013, I was captured by the visually striking colours, patterns, and details immediately in the clothing, and how it was photographed. It was a perfect example of how a garment, the styling, and the photography (lighting) worked in harmony for showcasing the silhouettes—the creative team behind the editorial certainly received my applause, so I wanted to highlight some of his work here.

Abrahao's work has been featured in a substantial amount of editorials, including GQ Style Brazil, and Schon! magazine. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Abrahao (currently based in Paris) continues to heighten his artistry with each project whilst experimenting in other avenues with his photography. Some of these other ventures include personal projects with diverse styling and imaging techniques. You may view more of his work here.
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What do you think about these artists? Which is your favourite?


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  1. Vix Brearley14 January, 2015

    Ricardo's photography is insanely gorgeous and Astrid's scarves look wonderful. I'm not familiar with the singer, I'm afraid the mention of Coldplay puts me off, I've tried, I've seen them live and their songs just wash over me!

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  2. Great post Lady of Fashion!!!! Amazing pics!

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  3. Those are really some great artists Madison, each with an impressive talent and creativity. Siince Im a scarves lover, I picked up them but I do enjoy also that song. Many kisses dear! xo

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  4. I like them all! The scarves look very stylish and I really like the orange one from the 1st photo! The song sounds very stressful and she has great voice. I am always happy to find new artists and among them photographers. Thank you for sharing, Madison!


    sunandsany

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  5. Thanks for featuring these artists, Madison. I must admit I haven't heard of them. I'm so out of it!
    PS I love that Fix You version!

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  6. Those silk scarves are just fabulous and I l;ike the way there is a design to suit all tastes too. I love this cover version of Coldplay. What an amazing voice, so crisp and clear. I wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that 2015 will be a wonderful year for you!.

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  7. Hi Madison! Omg the silk scarves are totally amazing! I haven't heard of these artists before. Kiah sounds very lovely and the photographer is awesome too. I can't pick a favorite. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass du Joy D. kennst. Kiah klingt wirklich ähnlich. Joy hab ich vor ein paar Jahren im Supermarkt getroffen. Mit ihrem Mann und ihrem Kind. Sie ist wirklich sehr hübsch und sympatisch gewesen. Wünsch dir eine schönen Mittwoch!!

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  8. Those silk scarves are so eye catching with their bold colors and patterns and artful details. It's really cool to know that the mixes traditional and progressive techniques in her creations. I sure wouldn't mind owning one.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  9. The silk scarves are absolutely stunning, the details are amazing and I don't think I've seen anything like it before. She has to be my favourite of all that's featured here.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  10. I'm interested in all of them Madison! You always introduce us to something NEW (at least to me hahaha) Those scarves are just absolutely gorgeous! Very interesting in hearing Kiah Victoria.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  11. Anshul Bhargava15 January, 2015

    Madison, those scarves are drop dead gorgeous!! Such a beautiful range!! I've never exactly heard of these designers before, but will sure to be check them out :)


    http://anshul90.com

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  12. Nice post! These photos are beautiful and inspiring!

    http://www.MARTASFASHIONDIARY.com/

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  13. Thank you for this, Madison! I'm always searching for great sources of inspiration!

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  14. Dressed with soul15 January, 2015

    Liebe Madison, ich werde auch von vielen Dingen inspiriert und sehr oft von der Natur. Du wirst von imponierenden Menschen und Sachen inspiriert - danke, dass Du dies hier teilst. Ich wünsche Dir noch eine schöne Woche!

    Alles Liebe von Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  15. Thanks for reading. Happy to hear that you love my artist picks, and inspiration. Isn't it a great cover? Thanks for your comment. Happy 2015! /Madison

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  16. Liebe Mahshid, Glad to hear that you loved this post. Thanks for all of the feedback and Instagram love. Yes, I also loved "Sunlight" it was difficult to choose favourites. :) Take care, xx/Madison

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  17. I agree, such striking prints and colours used in Astrid's designs. Thanks for your comment, Anshul. :)

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  18. Thanks so much Kim. I am always happy to introduce brilliant talent. Thanks for reading. <3

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  19. It's understandable, she's a favourite of many, the art and intricate details are worth it alone. Thanks for your comment Shireen.

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  20. Thank you Stanislava! That's great to hear. I also love finding new artists, so it's nice to know that you do as well. Enjoy your weekend.

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  21. Yes, his photography is stunning. I agree, the band "C" is definitely not for everyone, but this particular cover actually sounds nothing like the band at all, it's worth a listen. <3

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  22. Impressive, indeed. Thanks for the comment Lilli. xx/M

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  23. Mira, Oh, how wonderful you met her. Ja, ich sah Joy D. in Konzert in Deutschland vor einigen Jahren. Love her voice! :) Ich bin froh, dass Sie Joy D. Musik wissen auch. Sehr cool! Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende. :) <3 xx / Madison

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  24. Thanks Rowena. Yes, I wouldn't mind owning a few of them myself. I love scarves, of course! :)

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  25. Liebe Rena, Dankeschön für immer geben einen nachdenklichen Kommentar. Ich bin auch froh, dass Sie sich von der Natur und anderen Dingen inspiriert. Schönes Wochenende auch. Alles Liebe von Madison xx <3

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  26. Sukriti Dahiya16 January, 2015

    Love the colors of this post! Great pictures!

    www.delhidaffodil.com

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  27. I love when fashion is like art! The amount of work it takes to create these beautiful pieces is amazing and the outcome is gorgeous! Love those scarves! The prints are just gorgeous!


    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  28. Beautiful scarves! Awesome artistic images. - The last one is epic! :-)
    Have a lovely weekend my sister.
    Alles Liebe!!


    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. Erika Sorocco17 January, 2015

    I must check out Kiah Victoria!

    xx

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  30. It's nice of you to support different artists and give them a shoutout. All are so good and talented in their field. I'd love to get my hands on one of those silk scarves :)

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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  31. I find the creation of silk scarves most inspiring! Would be really interesting to learn about the creative process behind it and know how they are produced.

    www.LUXESSED.com

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  32. I love silk scarves, so I'm partial to Astrid Sarkissian's work. I'm following her now on Instagram (thanks to you!). I look forward to purchasing from her one day. I have too many silk scarves at the moment, I barely use all. But I love them and I'm sure will find other uses for it if I can't wear all of them. Have a good week ahead! x

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  33. I agree. She transposes her drawings and painting inspiration on silks, and also used digital printing. Thanks for reading.

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  34. I adore scarves, probably my most worn accessory. Thanks Marj, Wishing you a great week. Hope 2015 is going wonderful for you so far.

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  35. Loving all of these, so gorgeous and expressive, perfect. Happy Monday doll, I hope you've been well xx

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  36. Oh Ricardo Abrahao's photography is totally stunning!!!
    www.diamondcanopy.com

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  37. good post!!!
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