Shadows of Your Garden

The Arbour, the Parklands, South Bank

For the 2010 Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival - Brisbane, hosted by South Bank, Queensland Centre for Photography and South Bank Corporation present:

Shadows of your Garden, Photographic Exhibition Renata Buziak and Sharka Bosakova

From July 19 until August 16, 2010

The sun shimmering through the tops of trees, the spaces on the edge of light and shadow, the ever changing shadows themselves….

Creative team:

Concept / Design / Manufacture / Art Director Sharka Bosakova

Photographic Art / Pattern /- Renata Buziak

Printmaking - Jacek Rybiński, Marek Wojciechowski, Piotr Brańczyk

Photography – Nadia Masot Ziegelbauer, Hannah Piper

Models: Amber Greasley, Lauren Sheepers, Sarah Covington, Chelsea Gaver

Make-up: Becca Gilmartin, Melissa Rainbow

Special thanks to: Kate Bernauer, Robert and Rob from Mt. Tamborine

View images on line: Shadows of Your Garden

Sharka and Renata. Photo: Kate Bernauer.

Sharka and Renata by Kate Bernauer

Shadows of Your Garden is an exhibition of collaboration between photography and fashion design. The relationship between fashion and photography is generally simple: fashion is recorded onto an image. However, in the work of Sharka Bosakova and Renata Buziak, photography is incorporated into the fashion, allowing it to become an integral part of the final design. The work comes to life through the combination of Renata’s photographic art transfer to screen printing and Sharka’s unique fashion designs. The conveying and intermingling of skills from one artistic realm to another is both inspiring and open to innovation.

The Shadows of Your Garden collection has grown out of the principal theme of the cycle of life - death and renewal. The artistic process began with both artists’ keen fascination with nature and its creative and transformative elements as well as their interest in art and fashion. The work reflects the beauty and fragility of the underlying fabric of our ecosystem and the ever-pressing need for ecological sustainability.

Through her photographic art Renata discovered how to utilise organic processes, which led her to establishing an unusual photographic process called the Biochrome . This process focuses on organic decomposition and its effects on photographic materials. The metabolic activities of myriad microbes are the main protagonists of this process. Reflecting the natural processes of our environment stimulates an appreciation of the natural world; its beauty, and its infinite creative potential.

Sharka has been working with recycled materials for several years now. “Silk has an incredible textural, sculpture like behaviour and offers many variations in the final printed image. I believe recycling is not only good for the environment but is a creative force as well. You can take a form and transform it into an entirely new context and meaning – just like working and living in new ways will help us overcome the manifold environmental issues the world is currently facing.”

“To us, creating fashion in this manner means creating sustainable cultural and artistic environments, taking inspiration from nature and reusing the materials around us to create something new.”

South Bank 2010

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