Whimsical would be the perfect word to describe her work. Her extensive use of colours blinded me when I took my first step into the studio. Colours, colours everywhere. I love how she also doesn't just stick to one theme or idea. In her studio you see work revolving around nature, then on the other corner of the room are some slightly darker, obscure collection of past work.
Check out the series Woodland and Harbinger.
Everybody, this is Anna Varendorff. (That is one sweet last name, I forgot to ask what her descend was, Anna, if you're reading this, let me know)
Anna was the sunshine to a pretty dreadful week, it was such a pleasure hanging out with her.
She's an absolute hard-worker I'm telling you, and funny, and smart, and talented.
She also had really really beautiful chelsea boots, she even brought me to the store to check out the other shoes they had. (Sole Devotion on Little Collins st guys)
I must admit that I am crazy envious of Peter's space. He first showed me his studio which is the "basement" of his warehouse. (It's really just the first level of the house but you have to walk up a flight of stairs to get to his real house) His studio is filled with his massive collection of old publications, records, pottery and if I continue naming the stuff he has, I'll probably lose your attention.
He then took me upstairs to the real deal which I kinda half expected it to be like any other home. But no. His warehouse is a dream home to every aspiring artist, classy, suave but you still get a sense of rawness on the walls and furniture. He spent a good 45 minutes showing me around his home and sharing amazing stories behind his (some really rare) art pieces.
We then started shooting and I must say that I've never been challenged by any artist more than he has. After my usual routine, I told him I was done and happy with the photos, but this is where he came in, he checked out the photos and basically told me it wasn't good enough. (which Peter, if you're reading this, no one has ever said to me, so thank you for your honesty)
Check out Peter Atkins' work here