The Artist - The Subject - The Muse
On the day of our online debut, FARADAYS is delighted to present an organic selection of still and moving images by Sydney based artist and friend, Dina Broadhurst.
In this campaign series, Dina wears and heroes her favourite pieces from the launching collection.
In celebration of her influential work, we took five minutes with Dina to talk interiors, online fame, and the power of a red dress.
ON HOW SHE GOT STARTED...
I always created and made things from my heart, whether it be cards, sculptures, drawings, paintings, collages, photographs and altering and adapting anything I found like vintage items, memories or keepsakes. Always hunting, gathering, rearranging, filing, storing, manipulating and layering all that I would see and collect around. Art was inside me before I even knew it was art or had visited galleries. Once I started travelling, going to galleries and shows and falling in love with not only artworks but artists and what they give to the world, their passion and their emotion, that’s what made me want to give over to the life of being a full time artist.
ON HER CHOSEN MEDIUMS
As a girl in a youthful stage of discovery, I feel the world of fashion/magazines and shopping for fashion and makeup to create your identity is one of the greatest influences, how beauty and the female form is portrayed and viewed is hugely revolving around these images that are flashed in front of us daily.
As my art is so personal and from so deep within, it was only natural that the areas of fashion, beauty and self are at the forefront of my art. Seeing myself, my changes, my confidence, and my characters reflected back at me through the ages is a wealth of so much memory - those are the feelings and messages that I am constantly drawing from to express myself in my art.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA AS A GALLERY
I think social media is such an incredible tool; I can not promote enough how it has helped my business, and myself personally, as I am an introvert in every way.
The platform allows me to work anywhere in the world at any given time, across all time zones, to connect with people globally, to not require gallery spaces, exhibitions or producing any work unless it is wanted - so it takes away any storage, or any middle man. It enables me to connect with my customers directly, to find out exactly what they want, and exactly how they feel.
It enables me to hear feedback about how my pieces make people feel, what they get out of seeing my work, and the different messages they see through my creations. I get to inspire, and be inspired by others, I get to hear stories, and also relate and discuss with like minded people. I feel so blessed to be able to be a creative in this space and I am so willing to be open and connect to all.
ON BEING APPROACHED TO CREATE FOR FARADAYS
I was obsessed with the whole concept - I can’t wait to experience the store in person FARADAYS reminds me of my favourite stores in Europe, combined with my favourite galleries around the world - those that inspired me when I first used to travel. The art-meets-fashion, meets-beauty-meets-luxury, meets-individuality-meets-
When the pieces arrived to work with I felt an immediate connection to them as a woman who loves to be sexy without being overt, to feel powerful without being over the top and to want to experience the pieces I invest in not just to wear but to collect and wonder at - like art and sculpture. Ideas were not pre planned, nor was the styling or what I would put on with what, it was very organic.
ON HER PERSONAL STYLE
Generally I have to dress for comfort most days and I am on the go lifting things, painting, moving around so much, and having to be barefoot or in sneakers. But when I dress up I love to dress up. I love colour, I love the classics, I love a high heel and I love texture and a bit of something unique and different.
ON HER FARADAYS FAVOURITES
That Red Alexandre Vauthier Dress made me feel alive, sexy and powerful all in one. That dress can hold anyone's attention. The Alexa Long Black Boots made me feel so feline and made me want to move and create shape. Everything made me FEEL and that’s what I loved. I felt elevated and luxurious. I feel like a woman.
ON HER INTERIOR OBSESSIONS
I love an interior to be constantly changing - to be adaptable and luxurious but also lived in, to be quality but not precious. I love collecting special pieces from 20th century designers that I admire,and I love these pieces to be just like collecting sculpture and art - like a special investment piece. I love mixing and matching different eras, textures, kitsch and pop. From roadside finds, to museum worthy pieces, all in one eclectic space - all creating life, memory, fun and talking points. The last piece I bought was a Chris Levine artwork of Kate Moss which I adore. And my designer obsession is Tamsin Johnson. And a piece I could never get rid of? My vintage marble coffee table from The Vault in Sydney I just love the shape and the design so much.
ON THE BEST ADVICE SHE'S EVER RECIEVED
Andy Warhol’s quote does it for me every time.
“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art”