Saturday, March 08, 2014

Christian Tagliavini - a fantasy world of paper and cardboard

There are some creative people that stand out in your mind, above all else, with their ability to make something that speaks directly to your inner self. One artist like this is Christian Tagliavini, a graphic designer and photographer. I had seen Tagliavini's work many times in the past on-line, marvelling at what he does using cardboard an paper to create elaborate costumes that dress up his models accordng to the concept he is working on at the time. A recent encounter with some of his work up close, remined me of his extraoidrinary talent again, and I thought I would share it with you.

He is Swiss-Italian, educated in Italy and Switzerland, where he lives and works as a photographer. This provides him the perfect frame and background to invent, create and totally produce images that blend fine arts and craftsmanship. Christian Tagliavini loves designing stories with open endings (requiring the observer’s complicity) on unexplored themes or unusual concepts, featuring uncommon people with their lives and their thoughts made visible. This rich and exciting collision of circumstances results in his exquisite photos. he has received numerous international awards and has exhibited his work all over the world. his latest show was in Berlin in 2013.

I love the photographs he creates as well as the incredible costumes. He makes them himself using mainly paper and cardboard, printed, cut and glued in intricate ways, bringing to life fairytales and forgotten worlds. I'd love to have one precent of his creativity to make stuff like this for my fashion dolls.

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