East of Hollywood and northwest of downtown LA lies Silverlake neighbourhood, home to the creative set and English artist Cate Parr. One of the most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse parts of LA, littered with testaments to modernist architecture of Neutra, Shindler, and Kesling, and home to Walt Disney’s first studio, this creative enclave couldn’t be more foreign than the rural, monocultural county of Shropshire, England where Cate grew up. First seduced by her enigmatic fashion watercolour artworks, a couple of years ago, I purchased a stunning original piece which now takes centre stage in my studio.
Since her work was featured on The Cool Hunter, Cate says demand for her illustrative services skyrocketed literally overnight. The breadth of Cate’s art goes beyond her original artworks and prints and encompasses editorial illustrations for The Washington Post, The LA Times, Detour Magazine, and St Martin’s Press, collaborations with fashion, beauty, and jewellery brands, L’Avion, Material Girl Cosmetics, and Lulu Frost, while working alongside Hollywood costume designers Kym Barrett for The Matrix Trilogies and Mona May for Disney’s Enchanted. Currently working on ideas for a L’Oreal campaign, Cate would one day like to show her work in a group exhibition alongside other illustrators.
Don’t want to leave the house without a piece of Cate Parr? There’s no need, with these gorgeous silk scarves from Sydney Luxury accessories brand L’Avion; The Sojourn collection.
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