An introduction to Loupin and Dors

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If you’re a little whimsical, free spirited and drift off into your own special world alot, then you are going to love this….

I first came across the very talented Louise of Loupin and Dors via instagram and couldn’t resist her beautiful mixed media collages and drawings. Each one is full of so many different elements which all perfectly merge together and result in you wanting to give it your full attention for a long time. Even on a busy day I’ll always dedicate some time to looking at her regular instagram posts.

After working as a professional stylist for over 8 years, Louise developed a style that has morphed into Loupin & Dors. After the birth of her second child she utilised the time off from work to think of what she wanted to achieve in her work. Through the eyes of her young children, she seemingly developed a naive, childish simplicity to her work and she has been on her creative journey ever since.

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“What will I produce today?”

“Seemingly, without plan or reason I produce work from everyday experiences, feelings of the here and now, and all that surrounds me. Always looking at the world with a sense of open-mindedness, I try to tell a story through my work, although it is often a story that not even I know of, until it manifests itself on the page. Still, this naive approach always lends towards an exciting, creative environment, producing a rich seam of storytelling in my work.”

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Loupin and Dors enjoys the work of Tim Walker and Natalie Lété, but takes her inspiration from far and wide, her young family close to home, as well as her friends in the local community. In order to create her own style, she has not shied away from those influences on her doorstep.

“Who I am and where I live go into much of what I create.”

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“Playing is the real way to work, the longer you have to play, the better.”

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The core values of Loupin and Dors are naivety, mixed media, simplicity, and creative play. I think those words sum up her collection of works perfectly.

“I hope my work will inspire others and encourage my contemporaries to connect with it positively, and in doing so help them to develop expansive work of their own.”

With an exciting future ahead, Loupin and Dors hopes to develop herself as an artist, continuing her journey with an open mind in order to produce a new, fresh style. She will continue to push her boundaries and ultimately build her skills in an evermore experimental manner to help allow her to adapt and grow.

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If you would like to follow Louise’s journey with Loupin and Dors here are the links to her social media pages:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loupin-DORS-Louise-Roskell/212589708908474?fref=ts

https://instagram.com/loupinanddors_homegrown_studio/

Thank-you to Louise for the beautiful images and words x

The beautiful world of caitlin shearer

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“If I had my way I would move to the mountains tomorrow, buy a pet goat, and spend all my days painting pictures in a glass walled sunroom.”

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Australian Caitlin Shearer is a very special and extremely talented artist. She paints, produces illustrations, dresses and is now working on a new textile label. I first came across her work via the gorgeous Frankie Magazine; my favourite magazine of all time and Caitlin has produced illustrations for it.

I follow Caitlin on instagram and I love her dreamy lifestyle which fits in so well with her brand as an artist. There’s often photos of her in gorgeous 50s style dresses picking flowers and walking through the Australian countryside. That imagery seems so normal, non-glamorous but somehow she portrays a sense of contentment, nostalgia and an understanding of the beauty of what is around us in our everyday lives. You don’t need to look for the extra ordinary – it is all around you and within you, all you need to do is notice it.

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 “I’ve fallen in love with tending to a garden – last week some small tomatoes shot up out of nowhere and now pumpkin vines stretch across half the courtyard. I think this is a good lesson – to know how to care for something without asking anything in return. Patience is a virtue”.

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Caitlin describes her work as an exploration of feminity and nostalgia. She is inspired by plants and the beauty in nature as well as artists such as JW Waterhouse, Sylvia Plath, Yayoi Kusama and Matisse. Her recent series of work, the ‘Reproduction’ series is a favourite of hers, marking a milestone in terms of returning to drawing as a tool of recording, as well as in terms of visually seeing an important shift in the maturity and direction of her work.

For Caitlin, heartfelt honesty is above all, the core value of her work. It is an exploration of femininity that feels succinct and aligns with her own experience of life. One that portrays women in a light that she would be proud to take ownership of.

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Living in the Blue Mountains her days are spent exploring the copious gardens, parks and lush tree lined neighbourhoods with her friends and their cameras. She takes enormous inspiration from surroundings as well as from her dreams.

“The fresh mountain air, the autumnal hues which are prevalent at this time of year, the relaxed pace at which one can conduct life, and the birds that fill the trees”.

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Currently, Caitlin is working on a new textile label which I can’t wait to see. I can only imagine how dreamy and inspirational it will be. Until then I will wait with enormous anticipation and this alluring description of what is to come,

“Movement, grey scale, bending backwards, dancers, Martha Graham, nude bodies, charcoal texture”

 

To follow Caitlin her instagram is: https://instagram.com/caitlin_she/

And her blog is: http://caitlinquiet.blogspot.co.uk/