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10 OF THE COOLEST DIGITAL ARTISTS ON INSTAGRAM

Giulia Filippelli

Surprisingly enough, you don't need to be part of the European Dadaism movement to keep up with the latest art: that's what Instagram is for these days! 

Thanks to the Insta-generation these artists gain much of their visibility via accounts such as @thetaxcollection and @plastikmagazine, which create digital art galleries by publishing selected submissions from the freshest digital talent around the world and of course, help them reach a huge following using the power of social media. 

In this article, Selfmade did a lil' list of the hottest, coolest and rudest digital artists making the best of the 'gram right now.

1 @madbutt

Madbutt is an artist currently based in her hometown of Brisbane, Australia and is experimenting with digital and hand cut collage techniques using vintage and modern materials. She frequently travelled to New York in 2016 to find materials to encorpate into her next solo show in mid 2017.

Buy Madbutt's art here: www.madbutt.com.au/shop

2 @paulfuentes_design

Paul is a graphic designer, based in Mexico City, who enjoys staging everyday objects into surreal and colorful compositions creating pop mashups.

Buy Paul's art here: https://society6.com/paulfuentes

3 @antonitudisco

Antoni is a part German 3D artist who, despite his young age, has collaborated with some huge brands such as MTV, BMW, MINI, Wella, KLM and many more. His favourite artist is DXTR from The Weird.

Buy Antoni's art here: https://www.behance.net/antoni

4 @kerry_fin

A personal favourite, Kerry Lambert is an English mobile artist. This means that every single piece of his art is made on his iPhone. Yeah, crazy stuff. 

Kerry is very open about his struggles with ADHD and loves producing electronic music. He is also a moderator for @RSA_Graphics, a hub of the Instagram graphics community which focuses on mobile art. 

To commission Kerry’s art contact him directly. Get 15% off his prints here: www.mipic.co/kerry_fin/ with code "KERRYFIN15" 

5 @sainthoax

Saint Hoax is a pseudonymous Syrian artist, satirist and sociopolitical activist. He combines politics with popular culture to create POPlitically incorrect statements. By manipulating images and icons, Hoax creates beautiful visual lies that tell an ugly truth. 

Buy Saint Hoax’s art here: http://www.sainthoax.com/prints/

6 @rezanfajar

Reza Noer Fajar is a 30 year old contemporary surrealist who lives in Indonesia. He is awesome and I wish I lived inside his brain.

7 @freddiemade

Freddie Smithson is a creative designer at CULT LDN by day and a freelance content designer by night. He is one of the wittiest digital artists out there. His art consists of funny abstract montages featuring pop icons and mainstream celebrities but it varies a lot. Freddie has revealed to Hunger Magazine that even though he is a bit obsessed with Instagram, he actually prefers sharing his art on Tumblr, as it is a bit less conformist and doesn’t consider nipples a violation of the community rules. Just saying. 
His favourite accounts on Instagram are @plastikmagazine and @michelgaubert

8 @naropinosa

Another personal fave, Naro is a digital artist who is based in Spain. His art is definitely daring, and his aesthetics are probably not for the faint of heart. 18+ only even. Naro Pinosa's collages mainly feature an imaginative mixture of sexuality and nostalgia, by merging classical paintings and sculptures with rather sexually graphic images. 

Buy Naro's art here: https://m.facebook.com/Naro-Pinosas-Collages-812388078816826/


9 @tonyfutura

Tony Futura is a digital artist based in Berlin. He creates surreal art which focuses on the quirky and witty side of materialism and pop-culture within the western world’s lifestyle. His
digital art isn’t shy in nature and is usually fully charged with sexual energy. 

To collaborate or commission Tony’s art contact him on: tonyfutura3000@gmail.com

10 @zahersara

In her words…

“Confusion breeds confusion.
Having been brought up in a turbulent environment, my work aims to tackle themes of identity within a fragile sociopolitical landscape.
Always striving to question my place within a cultural system that is both foreign and familiar.
This feeling of the uncanny, the uncomfortable, is projected in my relentless attempt to question, deconstruct, and reassemble existing social frameworks. This reconstruction usually takes the form of photography, video, and installation art.
But is always recreated from the mind’s eye of an eternally, cynical idealist.”

Tell 'em gurl!

Buy Sara’s art here: www.sarazaher.com

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DEVANCE COSMETIQUES - THE UNIQUE 100% ORGANIC HAIR CARE RANGE

Giulia Filippelli

Trend or not, many beauty enthusiasts are ditching the chemicals and shifting towards an environmentally conscious hair care routine. In 2013, pharmaceutical entrepreneurs France-Aimée and Sandro Gaïl saw the gap in the cosmetics market and decided to create an authentic product for European, Mixed and Afro-Caribbean hair for both men and women.
 

At their launch, which took place at the very much on trend Duck & Dry hair salon on King’s Road, France-Aimée and Sandro explained that at the centre of their new hair cosmetics line are five treatments: Moisturising, Nourishing, Color-assist, Restructuring and Carefully. The whole range is water based and contains no dyes, preservatives or other damaging chemicals, which makes the product completely organic and hypoallergenic.

Co-Founder France-Aimée suggests adding your own fragrances to the treatment, her favourite being any vanilla based scent.
The Devance Cosmétiques range is available exclusively for hair salons and professionals who want to supply their clients with hypoallergenic, safe and high end hair care products.

You can follow Devance Cosmétiques’s journey and updates on Instagram @devancecosmetiques.

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MEET THE ARTREPRENEURS BEHIND DINOSAUR DESIGNS - THE OLSEN/ORMANDY DUO

Giulia Filippelli

From 'ten bucks a day' at the Paddington markets in the 80's, to stores and galleries across five continents and eight freestanding stores in Australia, London and New York. If that isn't the definition of tenacity, I don't know what is. 

Here at SELFMADE, this is what is all about: having an idea, believing in that idea and making it happen. This is why I was over the moon when  Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, founders and creators of Dinosaurs Design, agreed to let me access a piece of their creative minds and share it with you.

With their transcending devotion to art at the core of their lives, Louise and Stephen's inspiration has never stopped evolving, and neither has the concept behind Dinosaur Designs. 

Both their homeware and jewellery collections have a profound connection with nature and are depicted by a minimalist colour splurge; environmentally friendly and utterly sustainable, for Louise and Stephen the transient side of fashion and art was never on the cards. Dinosaur Designs always kept it aesthetically relevant without falling into loveless trends. I think this was particularly possible thanks to their undeniable intellectual connection as a couple, and later as a family.

30 years of Dinosaur Designs 

30 years of Dinosaur Designs 

For Louise and Stephen Dinosaur Designs is not only a successful business, but a way of life, their life. Which takes us back to the main message this article wants to share with all the artists, designers and creative startups out there: for a business idea to work, you really do have to love it, nourish it and support it no matter what. 

Q: You have been in the creative business for a very long time, what advice would you give to young entrepreneurs?

 

L&S: Passion has been crucial. We’ve always felt that this is more than a job for us, it’s a way of life and our studio is an extension of our home. There are always risks involved, but it is important to make decisions in unison with research and your gut instinct. Sometimes a plan can look great on paper and all of your ‘what ifs’ have been answered, but somewhere inside it just doesn’t feel right for you or your brand. It’s not a precise science but you need to use everything you have available when you’re taking risks.

Q: DD is an incredibly well established brand in Australia and the US, so what made you choose the UK as the next destination? 

L&S: The timing of London was just right. After having opened a store in New York, 14 years ago now, an opportunity in Europe appeared on our radar. We have a well-established customer base in the United Kingdom through past sales to Liberty, Harvey Nichols and Paul Smith. London has been building as a design hub for many years, so the location and timing seemed right. About two and half years ago we were approached by Craig Markham from Firmdale Group Hotels who were planning on an opening Ham Yard, a new hotel in Soho, London and invited us to open a store as part of their development.
 

Q: How have you landed such important collaborations in the past (such as the one with Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith)?

L&S: The Head of Louis Vuitton Events, Worldwide, Sue Loughy, is a passionate and long time fan of Dinosaur Designs and she conceived the idea as an auction item for their Barefoot and Black-tie event at Palm Beach in Sydney in the early 2000s. Her idea was a collaboration where we designed and hand made a set of chess pieces in our Sydney studio and the LV atelier in Paris would hand make a made-to-measure chess board and case. The final piece was auctioned on the night to raise funds for Care Cancer.

The collaboration with Paul Smith came about when he discovered our original New York store on Mott Street and contacted us about a collaboration. It was very harmonious working with him; Paul chose some of our pieces that he liked and we cast them in his amazing signature stripes. 


Q: How do you go about marketing in your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?

L&S: Having a very strong point of difference in the market has contributed to the support we have gained around the world from editorial teams. Since our inception we have been lucky that people have believed in what we do. Word of mouth is an extremely powerful tool and is definitely one of our most successful forms of marketing. This, together with editorial support and more recently the introduction of the digital world and social media, has provided us with the opportunity to create our own voice for an audience we know are believers in what we do. Collaborations have also been helpful in raising awareness and engaging with a market that may have not known about us. 

Q: As you have started your business many years ago, would you say that bloggers and digital influencers have changed the advertising game, and how so? 


L&S: Yes the advertising game has definitely changed with the introduction of social media and bloggers. Platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter allow you to have your own voice and communicate directly to a targeted audience for free. So much content these days is digested digitally that the power of traditional forms of advertising are facing strong competition. Bloggers have a powerful voice in the media and some are gaining a huge following. It is important for brands to recognise this audience for the talented, connected and passionate people they are and treat them with the respect that they are their audience deserves.  On that note, we are big fans of Self Made and wish you all the luck with your future endeavours. 

 

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