I love the idea of creating wearable art. Art that you can wear is art that can be seen all over the streets, all over the world.
Think Tiffany Tan and intricate body illustrations immediately come to mind. The illustrator and photographer, who goes by the moniker Lovage (@lovage), first earned her claim to fame for her detailed hand-drawn henna art.
As someone who is influenced by nature and the human body, inspiration is all around Tiffany. With so much to admire and emulate every day, she decided to pursue a career in art in 2011.
Curiously, Tiffany is specifically inspired by body organs and the inner workings of the human body. As a result, her creations are often a cross between the delicate and macabre, but are no less beautiful.
“The human anatomy is interesting because it’s what keeps us and our insides together. It’s what protects us and holds us up. It’s something that we can’t see, but it’s there,” explained the illustrator.
While Tiffany’s art may be small in scale and minute in detail, its impact has been huge. Her unique aesthetic has landed her several projects including collaborations with watch brand Arbutus and accessories label Coach. In October 2014, she was profiled in The New Paper for her henna designs she tattooed on her friend and former Marc Jacobs model Nadia Rahmat.
For STAR STROKES, Tiffany puts a classic Lovage spin on a pair of adidas Originals Stan Smith sneakers. The design is corpus meets constellation; a ribcage painted onto a blanket of stars on the uppers of the shoes. Try to spot the hidden smiley that Tiffany tends to incorporate into most of her work !
“I painted ribs onto these shoes because your ribs hug and protect your organs, just as shoes protect your feet. I also like the idea of wearable art because it gets to travel. Whoever gets these, when they travel, let’s say to Europe, my art will be there along with them,” said the artist.
Tiffany’s fascination with the human body and the way it functions could well be the reason why she is in great shape. Her athletic physique bears testament to her dedication to Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing), which she recently picked up. In fact, she took part in a kickboxing competition hosted by Vanda Boxing in March this year and won.
“I was always an active kid and I played softball in school. I also played frisbee while at LaSalle. Maybe one day I’ll figure out a way to mix art and sport together,” said the artist.
Well, Tiffany’s hand-painted Stan Smiths for STAR STROKES is certainly a good start.
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