Once upon a time, I went on the hunt for a unique, glitter-loving artist to spark some inspiration for my own work. Luckily for me, my search was a short one. Based in Brisbane, DIY content blogger Rachel Burke works alongside some of the biggest brands around the world, including Frankie magazine, Splendour in the Grass and Italian Vogue.
I noticed Rachel Burke’s quirky selfies in Frankie magazine, showcasing a photo shoot that inspired my own pieces of art to come. Rachel is a photographer, stylist, designer and author with a flare for quirky words and masses of glitter, just like me.
The self-portraits I discovered in Frankie weren’t your usual selfies. With minimal facial features involved, lots of glitter and her iconic strawberry-blonde locks, Rachel’s images are hard to pass by.
“Through this ongoing series of portraits I am exploring my own relationship to the materials I use in my design and art work. I am trying to toy with the idea of the materials being an extension of myself, and figuring out how they form the identity that I am presenting to the world.”
The pure uniqueness (not the mention the mass of tinsel and glitter) of Rachel’s Instagram feed blows me away every time I low-key stalk her creations.. her studio, the materials; everything down to the ankle-height sausage dogs following her every move. One of the most stand-out things about Rachel for me, is her fashion.
“I love telling a story and I love the idea that through garments and props another world can be created. I feel like the world I create in my photographs is my own world… no one else can dwell there without me saying so.”
I Make. You Wear It is the ultimate blog, with the ultimate author. It’s like watching the world through a new set of eyes, and those eyes see lots of sparkling tinsel jackets and pom-poms.
“This is my blog where I document my day to day adventures. I used to update it every day, but now I kind of use it more as a space for reflection and journaling. It is definitely at the heart of ‘the worlds’ I create.”
Gawking over the abundance of incredible work by Rachel, there was one Frankie editorial photoshoot that sparked interest. Lighten Up is the series I used as inspiration for my own pieces of artwork – the mystery of hidden faces and the purpose of her chosen materials got the better of me, I was dying to find out the hidden meaning.
“Like many photographers, I guess I try to tell a narrative throughout my editorials. This shoot played with the idea of a girl spending so much time in her own home that she literally becomes ‘part of the furniture’. The idea for including all the lampshades evolved from there, and once again I guess I gravitated toward the idea of obscuring faces and the concept of merging materials with the body.”