Sexy, 70s nostalgia and surrealistic are all ways one could describe British illustrator, Charlotte Edey's feminine and architectural illustrations.
As a child I was obsessed with illustrated books which brought me into impossible and surrealistic landscapes and spaces; letting my imagination run wild. I felt an immediate connection with that childhood obsession when I explored Charlotte's portfolio and breadth of work a bit deeper. I loved how she drew inspiration from sharp modernist architecture and oftentimes set them in arid dreamscapes (one of my favourite combinations -drool-). Soft and feminine color palettes juxtaposed with rough textures and angular lines. I was really interested to see how she would translate the work of an architect or product designer of our choice.
Although young, Charlotte's work has already caught more than just my eye, with an impressive client list from the likes of British VOGUE to BBC (but can we really say that we are surprised? - no but really though.)
You know how the game goes, after looking through Charlotte's work I presented her with three architects/furniture designers whose work I felt like would be an interesting match for her style. Charlotte chose one of my personal favourite designer's work, Spanish designer Guillermo Santomà, as her inspiration for a new series of four illustrations for say hi to_.
When I asked Charlotte what drew her to choose Santomà as her inspiration she told me "I was immediately drawn to Santoma's work. His use of colour and geometry is so striking and creates space with such drama. I began to explore the possibility of using his interiors as stages. I created theatrical narratives for each space; four chapters of a journey. Using his interiors and furniture as the set, we enter Santoma's world above an icy lake. We follow misty pools, glowing lights and suspended figures before exiting into the desert beyond the stairs."
Have a look at the stunning and surrealistic result below!