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Its been a while since I last stood in front of the camera for myself and so here I go:

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In life you have to try everything once because you only live once.
Meet ‘A’, a well spoken extroverted girl, 19 years of age who wanted to try something different. Its not that having your picture taken changes anything externally but internally it can push your perception of the self, of the face and body that stares back at you every day from the other side of the mirror. There is a particular kind of freedom that is derived from baring all in front of strangers. There is no shame and anything that makes you feel free should be prescribed on a daily basis. As they say… try something different every day because you never know when your time will end and we should push to expand our knowledge of the self and we should hunger for new and fresh experiences… otherwise what is the point in living.

MUA & Hair: Jay “Pinxie” Turnbull

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Zarina Liew is a close friend of Panda. She is a fiercely talented illustrator who’s work, she herself describes as “vintage fashion, Japanese printmaking and beautiful looking men wearing drainpipe jeans”. A few months ago we asked Z to design a mural of a Panda Lady for the studio. We were very excited to see what extraordinary visions she would enforce for our idea and she didn’t disappoint, I mean that’s just impossible really! Here is Z talking about her ideas:

“So what is this mural I’m painting at the Panda Studio about, and what does it look like? To you and me, it’s my personal depiction of the “perfect panda lady”; ever creative, passionate but demure, and always reaching for her artistic goals. If you’re wondering, it’s =koff= =koff= not me, I mean I strive to be creative and I’m always working towards developing my art, but I’m not “demure” or “model-esque”. As a snap shot of my mural below will reveal! >_<

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It’s by the studio entrance and is roughly 4ft x 8ft in size. It’s painted in acrylic with extra strong acrylic silver washes. I have about one more session to go until it’s completed – I’m currently adding the small details and lacing parts of it with silver sequins. Yes… I can’t get away from sequins I love them.

It’s a real breath of fresh air to work on a larger scale, everything is approached in parts and seeing it all come together is definitely exciting.”

You can visit Z’s website here: www.cobaltcafe.co.uk