Amanda is Los Angeles based photographer. She attended the California College of the Arts. The punk music scene and her penchant for travel are large influences on her life and work. Amanda has established a very successful commercial photography career, collaborating with some important magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Monocle and The Wall Street Journal, as well as brands like Visa and Adidas among others. Together with traditional photographic techniques, she also works with Polaroid and video, check her Other Worlds clip for Taken By Trees. Her latest work is the book Reproduction published by Automatic Books in Venice, Italy.
Jessica “Jekka” McVicar is an English organic gardening expert, author and broadcaster, particularly on the cultivation and use of herbs. In 1987, together with her husband, established a herb farm – now known as Jekka’s Herb Farm – at Alveston near Bristol. It now has the largest collection of herbs in the UK, with more than 600 different varieties. She has been awarded 62 Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals for her organic herb displays, including 14 at the Chelsea Flower Show, Best Floral Exhibit at Hampton Court in 2007 and 2008 and “Life Time Achievement Award” at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2012. The farm will be opening to the public on a selection of Fridays throughout the year, starting on March 29th 2013, offering an unique opportunity for visitors to buy herbs direct from the farm and to observe their Herboretum in progress. The farm shop will also stock herbal teas, herb seeds, seed collections, books and herbal gifts.
Natasha Khan taps mixed-media director and stop motion specialist Peter Sluszka to direct a music video for Lilies, the 4th single from the Bat For Lashes critically acclaimed album The Haunted Man. Life-sized puppets, a flock of 2D spirits, miniature landscapes, morphing polygons, were animated to create a mysterious landscape for Natasha.
Julia was born in Germany and has been living in New York for 15 years. She’s creative director at MoMA design studio as the head of the in-house design team of 6 designers and some freelancers, responsible for the institution’s consistently powerful visual communication. She’s been Vice President at American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) NYC and is a part-time faculty member at School of Visual Arts. Julia joined MoMAin 2008 after working as an art director at the Colorado-based agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky. She had previously worked with the New York design firm Pentagram, where she designed identities and branding systems, packaging, and publication designs for clients including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Target, the Public Theater, and The Criterion Collection. She also helped to develop the redesign of The Metropolitan Opera in New York, and was the lead designer on the award-winning bestseller The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (the Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction.
Regen Projects announces an exhibition of new portraits and landscapes by Catherine Opie. These photographs mark both a progression and a departure for the artist. Opieʼs work has always investigated the figure in relation to the landscape, disregarding the polarities typically found within these approaches. This new body of work draws upon Opieʼs beginnings in documentary photography, the traditions of painting, and the history of photography. Opieʼs new portraits evoke the sublime and the inner psychological space of both the viewer and subject. Utilizing techniques of chiaroscuro, color, and formal composition found in classical 17th century portraiture, Opie arranges her subjects in allegorical poses that suggest an emotional state. Evoking formal classicism, these beautifully elegant and technically masterful compositions immerse and seduce the eye.
Kelly Tucker draws and makes many things, including Cosby Sweaters. She started The Cosby Sweater Project in March 2011, and has kept up with it admirably ever since. This Tumblr takes an episode of the iconic 1980s American comedy, picks out one of Bill’s eye-melting jumpers (or sometimes another character’s knitwear), and does a nicely naive illustration of the pattern.
Born in New Zealand, Lisa Hedge is a graphic designer, art director, and illustrator. After studying at the University of Southern California, she moved to New York City about 5 years ago and began working for Takashi Murakami’s studio, Kaikai Kiki. After a while Hedge moved on and began freelancing for clients like L’Oreal, Estee Lauder and Tender, where she worked on more corporate projects from branding to banner ads. In 2012 Lisa began working at Partners & Spade and recently created a logo for their eyeglasses outpost in the Meatpacking District – The Warby Parker Annex. Read the full interview after the jump!