Oceania Artistic Process

One of my favourite themes to explore has always been the creation of organic forms. There’s something so beautiful and necessary in the unpredictability of free flowing art. For me, embracing yourself in nature’s organic art brings a moment of elation like no other, whether it be the way cloud formations light up during sunrise, the ripples formed by rain or viewing a horizon of peaks and valleys created by centuries of tectonic movements.

Natascha Mehrabi process

I find the organic flow of water particularly incredible. When forces act on a body of water they create the most amazing sculptures that last only for a split second. I wanted to try and capture some of these fluid forms, ones that disappear too quickly for our eyes to properly appreciate. So I began experimenting with macro photography.

Natascha Mehrabi process

Using inks of different density and recreating natural currents in water I tried to capture the fluid movements. The swirling patterns and contrasting colours were mesmerising and forever changing before my lens.

While reviewing the photographs I found they reminded me of biological organisms, I saw seahorses, jellyfish and anemones in the patterns created. Using fineliners I wanted to bring these organisms to life with illustrations. I began playing with the balance between the organic flows and the geometric patterns found in organisms.

Natascha Mehrabi process

Through using digital manipulation I was able to merge the illustrations with the photographs and create the prints you see on the scarves. The illustrations add boundaries to the organic flows while the flows provide inspiration and direction for the geometric patterns.

Natascha Mehrabi process

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