Houria Boutobza

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Houria is truly cosmopolitan; she was born in Algeria, grew up in France and has lived in Italy, Germany, Jerusalem and Morocco. Since 2014 she has been based in Brussels.

After completing a masters in physics and chemistry, Houria decided to change career and studied fashion design in Milan and Paris. She obtained diplomas at the “Istituto Marangoni” in Milan and the  “Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne” in Paris. She worked for several fashion brands before deciding to create clothes herself. Houria’s particular focus is on hats.

Her approach to design is artistic and her creations are greatly influenced by Surrealism as well as organic forms.

 

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Robe parapluie | silk and metal | 110 cm
Robe parapluie | silk and metal | 110 cm
copyright © photo Gilles ROSE Cyclope | Felts and feathers | 30 cm x 25 cm

Svanhvit Valgeirsdottir

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Svanhvit has been working as a full time artist for the last 17 years. She studied art for 3 years in Iceland and has taken many art courses and long-distance art courses.

She has had both solo and group exhibitions in Iceland, Germany, Japan and Belgium. She got a grant for an art residency in Snæfellsnes – Iceland in 2015 and 2016 to work and exhibit for a month, she paints with oil and acrylic both figurative and abstract. She also paints with japanese ink, which she started to use when she lived in Japan, Svanhvit is also a renowned make-up artist , especially in the opera and theater world , designing make -up, for productions in Iceland such as Oliver Twist, Wizard of Oz, Rigoletto , the Magic flute ( opening production at Harpan Concert house in 2011 ) and Nabucco, Aida and Don Carlos (Latvian national opera) and many more. In 2014 she was nominated for best make-up award in TV and Film in Iceland.

Her philosophy is to continue to let life and culture from various countries inspire her.

Member of SIM - The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists
Youth Mentor Europe for greaterthan.com
http://svanhvit7.wixsite.com/svana