Counting Katherine Hepburn, kaleidoscopes, human contortions, inertia, braided topknots, face paint and “the dance of death” from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis as her current fascinations, designer and illustrator Tara Dougans capably brings these ideas together in her pieces. Born in Canada and based in London, Dougans’ work is “heavily influenced by the virtue of ‘taking one’s time’ and focuses specifically on handcraftsmanship, the value of process and detail oriented design.”
Her meticulous attention to detail is what makes Dougans’ work particularly intriguing. Specifically, the intricate pattern work, which takes inspiration from catwalk couture, graces the bodies of the Ziggy Stardust-esque characters that feature in her illustrations in beautifully complex designs. The blending of high drama, striking colour and a haute couture sensibility results in a truly distinctive style that marks an evocative threshold between fashion illustration and drawings made by hand.