Neon colours, hip hop, and that oversized, multi-coloured anorak you thought you left in the 90’s. TASH BIANCA’s art is that sweet spot between the ‘...Baby One More Time’ MV and the finale episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Hi Tash, tell us a bit about yourself.
Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. In 2011 I studied Visual Art & Contemporary Crafts at Central Institute of Technology, Northbridge and a year later decided that I’d want to study fashion. I ended up completing the three year course in Fashion & Textile Design at the same college and graduated in 2014. My graduate collection “Natsukashii” was showcased at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and I was chosen to display my work at ‘SHINE – Best of the Graduates’ exhibition from Central’s Creative Industries in 2015. For the 2015 Graduates’ fashion show, I was 1 of 4 ex-students invited to participate in the show by LIVE illustrating looks from the runway.
For how long have you had this passion for art?
It definitely started at a very young age. My dad is a freelance visual artist and I used to watch him while he would sketch or paint, as well as visit art galleries with him. Our house was (and still is) full of art materials so I’d constantly be creating something. As for illustration in particular, I was really fixated on it while I studied fashion. I’d come across images of models while looking for inspiration for my studio and textile moodboards - save them, illustrate them, then upload them onto Instagram. I’ve had models such as Anja Konstantinova and Margaux Brooke repost my illustrations of them, and music artists including Tinashe and Joey Bada$$ - it’s honestly insane. It’s just grown from there!
Your work is quite feminine with a throw of 90’s aesthetics funk. What influences you?
An eccentric combination of 90’s to early 2000’s nostalgia, baby-faced models, high fashion to graffiti, rappers and streetwear.
What materials do you enjoy working with the most?
Give me a HB, 2B and 6B pencil, an array of coloured pencils, watercolours, acrylic paint, a sketch pad and black markers and I’m a happy girl! Also, add a scanner and MacBook Pro with Photoshop and Illustrator.
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