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Aleksandra Bokova’s works are a vivid answer to a post-Soviet upbringing. In her 3D art and animations, the acclaimed Belarusian artist explores disturbing feelings and perplexing emotions to overcome them, creating pieces that are equally relatable and confusing. Explore today’s feature to learn about her inspirations, and how she uses cutting-edge technology to project her vision.
London-based fashion designer Tanya Liu's intricate creations could be simply pigeonholed as ultimate mermaidcore – but they spring from much deeper sources. The pearlescent gradients and gently billowing silhouettes are rooted in the relationship between natural biology and post-human science, and mechanisms of endless life cycles of certain species. In the interview, we talk the bell of the immortal jellyfish, pivotal influences, and the scent of lavender.

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What started out as impressions of the external world became the expression of an inner one. Valeria Weerasinghe’s creative trajectory has brought her from illustration to animation, and the acclaimed artist uses it now to reconnect with her heritage. Lose yourself in the deep hues and bold colors of today’s feature, accompanied by an intimate interview with Valeria about her process and inspirations.
Don't let the cheery colours fool you, the whimsical world of Latvian illustrator and object maker Inga Ziemele is chock-full of adorable danger and seedy characters. In the interview, Inga talks using art to work through the themes of self-acceptance and anxiety, bringing joy into people's lives, and professes her love for deceitfully cute bunnies.
Chelsea Theilmann's vibrant tufted floral creations came about as a pandemic lockdown project and soon turned into a hallmark of her artistic practice, desired by many. Her joyful creations are intended to brighten up spaces and moods either as rugs or wall decor and some can be even worn as handbags. More in the interview below.
Ian Moore’s works not only satirize the absurd aspects of living in the 21st century, but are a visual treat on their own. The Bristol-based artist uses media ranging from digital illustration to murals and Riso printing to showcase his vibrant style and textures. Read today’s feature to learn about Ian’s insights into visual storytelling and why he uses 1-star TripAdvisor reviews as inspiration.
Charlie Mars’ works span illustration, animation and video, and his unique style inspired by a diverse life trajectory has led his works to attracting significant acclaim. Having taken a 15-year-long break from illustration, Charlie is now back and his newfound creative freedom shines through his glazed textures.
“In video games, nothing interested me more than character creation.” Since Polish fashion designer Maja Bączyńska founded her eponymous label, she's been gracing the world with her sometimes sleek, most of the time maximal and opulent silhouettes. In the interview, Bączyńska sheds light on her playful pieces featuring frilly and sculptural textures, unexpected twists and reference layers, and clever and uncompromising tailoring.
“The bug has always been a reflection of the self”, and Riniifish’s illustrations and animations explore the unique beauty and mystical activities of these seemingly uniform creatures. In her works, the artist creates a mythology of the M7 Planet, which her bugs co-created and have since thrived on. Join us on Sugar Rush’s first sweet feature to these vivid worlds of wonder.

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Ernesto Stewart's delightful and cute nightmare fuel of a concept involving a bunch of mutated and traumatized plushies living their best life in a newfound sanctuary convinced us to make a honorary exception by featuring a non-European artist. You'll see why.
Why is it that our Instagram feed and fancy farfetched wish-lists are suddenly flooded with Cyrillic adorned football wear and brutalist repurposed cold war buildings?
“Growing up, I had this fascination with courtisanes and (other) powerful women in history. I felt intrigued by the idea of their feminine power behind closed doors.” Meet Roos Boshart of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the founder of the GDDSS Studio, which combines luxurious handcrafted lingerie with conceptual experimental fashion. In an interview with SWARM Mag, Roos shares how she arrived at her current titillating creations, talks owning sensuality, and lays out her visions.
Charlie Mars’ works span illustration, animation and video, and his unique style inspired by a diverse life trajectory has led his works to attracting significant acclaim. Having taken a 15-year-long break from illustration, Charlie is now back and his newfound creative freedom shines through his glazed textures.

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French painter Théo Viardin’s works imagine a world where the only certainty is physical proximity between human bodies. Such a liminal space enables a reflection of the narratives and discourses that led there, and perhaps even how our contemporary life requires radically new imaginations and the questioning of certainties.
Despite all our modern sensibilities, our minds still play tricks on us when it comes to the darkness. Shapes begin to swirl and half-materialize, uncanny threats breathe down our necks from the murkiness – and we feel silly after we flip the light switch. But what if the entities are really there? This editorial was sparked by our fascination with Lukáš Spilka's Full Moon collection and was brought to life via the talent of photography duo Shotby.us.
Iryna Drahun’s photography is inspired not only by the artist’s post-Soviet roots, but also her interest in AI-generated imagery. With such an augmented shutter, Iryna captures not only the tangible and natural, but also creates worlds of her own which seamlessly fit into her oeuvre. Read today’s interview to learn about her inspirations, creative decisions and views of the future of art in the era of artificial intelligence.
Nadiia Pliamko’s 3D art captivates the eye with its complexity, which at the same time sings a harmonious, life-affirming song of awe and color. The Ukrainian artist combines classic approaches with contemporary tools to explore fairy tales, fashion, but also everyday life in her signature surreal symbolism. Explore her works accompanied by a dazzling interview that emanates her intellect and artistic maturity.