Grace Ciao is a fashion illustrator based in Singapore. She loves to combines fashion with art and draws inspiration from the beauty she finds in nature.
Using paints and flowers, she creates sophisticated hand-drawn gowns, showcasing the soft and delicate beauty of petals. Her designs have been sought after by the world’s leading brands such as Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Elie Saab and Jaeger-LeCoultre.
The idea of using flowers came about when she caught a wilted rose at her desk while she was drawing. Despite its withered look, it still looked beautiful and she decided to “immortalize its elegance and beauty.” She immediately added the petals to her fashion illustration she was working on.
Since then, flowers have been an essential medium in her art and Ciao hopes to capture their delicate beauty. “Imagine the soft and impermanent flower petals adding to a flowing form of a dress, their delicacy and exquisiteness mimicking those of a delicate fabric,” she wrote on her website.
As artist Al Lapkovsky says, “kids spend an average of 7.5 hours in front of screens each day.” Does that sound like a lot to you? It quickly adds up during the day and it’s truly a devastating statistic.
That’s why he created this photo series that shows what phones are doing to our lives. In it, we see people on their phones looking like bluish ghosts, completely absent from the moment. We also see their friends and family members who feel abandoned. When shown like this, it totally makes sense.
“We are disappearing, cease to exist, perish. We can’t imagine our lives without the blue screens. We are bombarded with news, updates and statuses. We’ve got thousands of friends and yet we are alone. We are semi-transparent, lost in the blue light of useless information and a fake feeling of belonging,” Lapkovsky writes.
See the photos below.