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Artist:             Chelle

Location:        Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

About Chelle:
 "Since I can remember I've always loved scrap booking. I'd go through old magazines and cut out the things
that inspired me and stick them in along side  memories, photos and souvenirs that I'd collected. It gives me great pleasure to
arrange my cuttings in compositions that make them appear like mood boards (probably cos I like pretending to be a fashion
designer). Whenever I'm running low on inspiration I flick through my scrap book and almost instantly I'm transported back to
that time and place where I felt something, a rush of inspiration, excitement and a joy for life's beauty.
I am really loving the results I'm getting
from working over the top of magazine
pages. I've always struggled with
backgrounds to my work and often my
work sort of floats in the middle of a
white page.
I'm not as interested in fashion illustration as such but I still find fashion images
great to work with. I like to flick through an old copy of i-D or Dazed and find an
image that really pulls you in. I'll stare at them for ages wondering what story
might go behind them. In a lot of fashion photography there's an element of
sadness even despair in the models expressions. This is just my opinion but
sometimes it looks like the burden of beauty and perfection is too much to bear.
It's this side of fashion images that appeals to me, actually it's this side of human
nature that appeals to me. We desperately try to mix our mind with unattainable
objects. Starting off over excited at the prospect and then shattered with
disappointment when we realise the truth.  

I'm also aware of the perfection to my own work, it's almost OCD
in it's nature. These patterns and lines are what I create when I'm
at my most relaxed but they appear like I concentrate to the point
where my eyes might fall out. What am I trying to mix my mind
with I'm not sure, it's a journey.....if any of this makes sense
please share your thoughts with me, I love to connect!
Give me a fine liner and something
to draw on and I'll be happy. My
blog is where I document my work
and what inspires me. I hope you
enjoy it and thanks for looking"