I hope you are well and have had a good week!
I am an MA student at Leeds College of Art and a full time Graphic Designer working in the Fashion and Beauty Industries. I have been talking to my MA tutor, Janine Sykes, this morning whom I believe visited your exhibition recently in Saltaire and was talking to you about the ‘universal elite’ and Bauman!
I just wanted to drop you an email as I absolutely love your work and I feel it completely resonates with the magazine I am producing for my FMP. I have focused on cross cultural studies of the Fashion and Beauty industries, primarily looking at how social media and magazines have influenced social-cultural ideals in both the UK/US and Japan.
I visited vogue in Japan and spoke with their beauty director and found that if they can’t use western models they will use someone who is half Japanese and half western which I found really interesting and relative to your paintings.
I am putting all my findings together in a magazine covering academic readings and interviews with a range of practitioners, bloggers and brands from both the West and Japan and wondered if you would be interested in collaborating or showcasing my magazine as part of your travelling exhibition? I feel they are so relevant to each other it would be extremely complimentary to both of our practices.
The magazine is around 200 pages and will be printed mid July. I am more than happy to send you a copy if you are interested at all?
Please let me know and I look forward to speaking to you soon!
If you are ever in the area please do let me know as it would be lovely to speak with you and share our interests in what I feel is an extremely relevant and fascinating topic in a modern day society of digital and social media that contributes to a mixture of positive and negative outlooks on the industry.
R.e. Japan I don’t know any specific names. Vogue were very vague in disclosing names when I was there and always looked more into blogger culture than their own models. It wasn’t until I was there that it was found celebrities and models were still leading the way unlike here in the U.K. and the US.