Shirin Abedinirad was born in 1986, in Tabriz, Iran. In 2002, she began her artistic activities with painting. She studied graphic design and fashion design at Dr. Shariaty University in Tehran, where her research focused on conceptual art and the ways in which it overlaps with fashion design. Around this time, she started engaging in performance art pieces around Iran, confronting issues of gender, sexuality, and human compassion. She has also put on public shows in Spain, Turkey and India. Since 2012, Shirin has been making video art, exploring the notion of self and identity with moving images. She studied under critically-acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. In both her performance pieces and videos, she designs her own costumes, props, and sets. In March 2014, Shirin was selected for a one-year scholarship with United Colors of Benetton’s Fabrica research center. During her time in Italy, Shirin worked in Fabrica’s Editorial Department, and published an original book "Fashion & Conceptual Art" (Nazar Publication). Currently based in Tehran, Shirin has continued focusing on her performance, installation, and video art projects.
Pierre Bonnefille is a chromatic alchemist. He draws inspiration from his journeys and distils the colors he encounters into the infinite richness of his work. The material, colours and light are inseparable in Pierre Bonnefille’s work. The artist creates his own materials and textures, made from mineral powder, limestone, lava, marble, earth, from natural pigments and metallic powders. A veritable explorer, Pierre Bonnefille draws his inspiration from the colours of nature and his architectural references in Venice, Pompei and even Kyoto. The artist creates his colour palettes starting with the earth and the materials that he collects, and then analyzes their colorimetric structures. The intensity, the colour and the movements of the light propose a ceaseless, new interpretation of colours and textures created by Pierre Bonnefille, giving them a unique and particular identity. Inpired by nature and landscapes, the lively and vibrant surfaces of Pierre Bonnefille’s work, an artist of color and material, fill the room, creating a unique experience that plays on the senses.
His handmade work – including lights, furniture and objects – explores the architecture and geometry of organic shapes, and is often inspired by forms found in plants, animals, and minerals. Christopher’s Greek heritage is reflected in his repeated fusion of natural and classical, with mythology a core concept permeating his work. All products are handmade with love and care in his Melbourne atelier using a broad variety of artisans – amongst them glass blowers, copper smiths, ceramicists, sculptors, and bronze casters, ensuring a commitment to quality. With each project Boots seeks to elevate and transform his materials in a way that highlights their natural beauty. Christopher graduated from industrial design at the National School of Design (Prahran, 2005). An apprenticeship with lighting pioneer Geoffrey Mance followed, leading to a half decade training in various techniques of designing and making lighting. Christopher launched his studio in 2011 and in the short span of time since, Christopher Boots has grown from a one-man-show to a team of 20 people. In late-2014 Christopher Boots designed the legendary Hermes holiday windows for both stores on Madison Avenue, New York City. Christopher Boots has worked closely with a diversity of clients and collaborators – including Cult, Hermes, National Gallery of Victoria and Elenberg Fraser – to deliver limited-edition and made-to-order products. The work of Christopher Boots accents and adds to the dramatic experience of extraordinarily designed spaces. When not travelling, Christopher lives in his studio in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Haberdashery studio weaves light to create emotional connections with an audience. By challenging what is possible with light through the creative use of the latest technologies and materials, blended with age-old techniques and effects, we develop carefully researched narratives into award-winning sculptures, limited edition collectables and contemporary products. This studio is stimulated by moments that make the hair on your neck stand up; when time slows down and you can lose yourself in a moment. As a universally understood medium light has the ability to communicate with all sorts of audience. Through colour and tone we can reach into the subconscious and draw on memories, challenge learnt responses and question preconceived ideas regarding what we need light for, and what its potential uses are.
Born in Lucerne, Switzerland, Cornelia Arnold is an artist who creates the colors for her paintings herself. She experiments with natural raw materials, connects the materials with th brush and makes them shine. 'I am fascinated by the alchemy of colors.' The raw materials come from all over the world. Oyster lime from Japan, earth from Iceland or stone powder from the Albula region. She mixes the raw materials with binders. This can be wax, diluted egg yolk or silicate. Her studio becomes a laboratory, the artist an alchemist. Each color is unique, made for one picture. 'I try to mix the materials so that they become similar to gold.' Smallest glass prisms or particles of minerals reflect the light and give it additional radiance.
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