"The evolution of my Erwin Blumenfeld inspired works took an unplanned leap when I acquired a ‘Taekwondo’ Suit from my father in-law, I knew it was special and I had to work with it. As a mixed media artist I have always been a massive recycler and extremely resourceful within my approach so decided it would make the perfect grounding for one of my 3 dimensional lips. I began by positioning and affixing the fabric onto foam board, cutting, tearing and stitching the suit itself until it resembled the shape I was after. Teeth were then sculpted from sand and glue within the lips and so the base was then ready to work on.


Hand chosen colour clashing pieces were cut and torn from Vogue, December, 2012, the biggest challenge was to not deviate from this issue as it was fundamental that it depicted a time in fashion history . These delicate yet valuable to me pieces of perishable paper were placed then glued into position, sculpting and perfecting the creases and folds within as I went.

I decided to leave the badges on the Taekwondo Suit visible to retain the knowledge of the material chosen and of course its historic accolade.


Further embellishment with nail polish, acrylics bring the piece together as a whole and then resin is applied, not only protecting for longevity but making the work reflective as we are to past eras in our lifetime.


This sparked the use of more old clothing for the backdrop and in particular old jeans where the zips, buttons and belt loops are often left visible again to leave a visual reminder of its previous life."




Mixed Media on Board. Set in a Vintage, Ornate, Shabby Chic Style Frame. This artwork is created from one issue of Vogue Magazine (April 2014). The artwork is made up of selected pieces of the magazine to create a fusion of fashion and culture.


The packaged product will arrive with the remainder of the original magazine.

This Artwork has been finished in resin for effect and to ensure longevity. There is no glass which helps with shipping and allows the viewer to get closer to the art.


Total size including Frame 70cm x 54cm.


This piece of art is professionally framed, strung and ready to hang. Please seek professional advice when attaching fixings to hang pictures.


Price includes UK delivery only.


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10% of Painted Turtle's profits from this artwork will be donated to Plastic Oceans via Work for Good.

Vogue Lips April 2014 (Wendy Helliwell)