March 4, 2024


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CREATORS – atelier*zephyr | Polyfield Magazine

painting of three brown birds hanging around a patch of greenery with large reddish stones, one of which has a bird perched on it.

Name: atelier*zephyr (Hisako)

Which came to start with in your everyday living, the science or the art?

I have liked to attract considering that I was a kid. At the very same time, I also grew up studying encyclopedias and illustrated guides, which I already had at residence. I’ve often savored observing ant nests, likely out with an insect internet to capture cicadas, and searching at phytoplankton under a microscope, and this hasn’t improved even as an adult. So I assume art and science have been simultaneous, at minimum in my childhood.

At initially, I wished to be a person who drew pics for illustrated textbooks. Nevertheless, as I entered adolescence, I became intrigued in abstract portray and other types of artwork, so I enrolled in a regional junior higher education of artwork, and just after graduation, I ongoing my inventive activities these kinds of as abstract portray when performing at a different occupation.

On the other hand, the concept of generating functions using my favorite plants and animals as motifs has normally been in the corner of my head. After many twists and turns, I am now generating operates of art by observing, sketching, and photographing familiar birds and vegetation discovered in the town the place I reside.

From the azalea bush by atelier*zephyr

Which sciences relate to your art exercise?

I consider biology influences my artistic routines in normal. Considering the fact that my university student times when I was building abstract paintings, I have often been encouraged by living factors and the all-natural entire world.

What products do you use to generate your artworks?

I use the two hand-painted and electronic techniques.

Acrylic paints, watercolours, coloured pencils… I imagine that electronic illustration in distinct even now has a ton to discover for me.

Winter Letters by atelier*zephyr

In my functions working with glass bottles, I use several products this kind of as polymer clay and paper. Paper is a significantly critical substance, and I put together a range of paper types and decide on paper that intently resembles the texture of the motif I want to create. Flower petals, fallen leaves, grass, decaying wood… Based on the selection of paper, I can specific a selection of crops in specific. It’s exciting to uncover new means to categorical myself in the process of developing.

On the other hand, mainly because of their miniature measurement, each component is only a couple of millimeters to a handful of centimeters in sizing. If I am not cautious, they may fly absent with my nose breath or slight motion. For that reason, when I see myself, I sometimes keep my breath and get the job done all the time!

Amanita ibotengutake by atelier*zephyr

Artwork/Exhibition you are most very pleased of:

I have exhibited and offered my operates not only in galleries but also in office shops and multi-brand shops.
Therefore, at times people who are not quite interested in dwelling items appear to see my works. Just one of my joys is that these men and women come across my work fascinating and listen to my stories about nature and residing points.

Portrait of birds #001 Extended-tailed tit by atelier*zephyr

Which scientists and/or artists inspire and/or have motivated you?

There are so several that it’s challenging to opt for, but Masayuki Yabuuchi‘s scientific illustrations are just one of my influences, as they often appeared in the illustrations of the illustrated textbooks I go through as a boy or girl. I have a large amount of regard for him simply because of his outstanding observation and description techniques.

Myxomycetes by atelier*zephyr

Is there something else you want to explain to us?

Due to the fact I turned ill about five many years ago, I have not been equipped to make functions employing glass bottles as a lot as I would like. Even so, I am incredibly grateful to all of you who are searching forward to my new functions.

I would also like to even more study the subject of biology and make use of it in my will work.

For additional by atelier*zephyr, visit her site, Behance, and Pinterest.

Highlighted graphic: In the bush by atelier*zephyr
All photographs courtesy of the artist.

About the Writer

Katrina Vera Wong

Katrina is a Korean-Chinese artist, writer, and editor. Finding out from literature, botany, herbaria and ikebana, she makes hybrid flowers from dried or pressed crops and calls them Frankenflora. She at present writes about sciart at Artwork The Science, proofreads Unhappy Mag, and blogs at Lifeology. She also made Seagery Zine, a smaller print publication that explores the overlap amongst art, science and literature.
Her Frankenflora have been exhibited in Vancouver, BC, at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Science Environment, and the VIVO Media Arts Centre.

Katrina was born on the standard territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabeg (so-identified as Hamilton, ON), lifted in Singapore, and is grateful to be residing on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (so-referred to as Vancouver, BC). She graduated from the College of Victoria with a BSc in Biology and English. Instagram: @furiebeckite