FEATURE ARTIST – LEAH JEAN

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Leah’s work will be hanging at Dapper Darlings till the end of November.

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Moon Girls – $95

Babes – $65

Hands – $65

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Hello Leah! Can you tell me a little bit about your artworks that are hanging in Dapper this month?

Right now I have a bunch of paintings of ladies hanging at Dapper Darlings. I pretty much just really like drawing and painting girls, I think girls are nice to look at and I like creating art that looks pretty. My favorite quote is “it is truly useful since it is beautiful”, from Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry’s The Little Prince. I think it applies to my art

How did you get into art and where do you study now?

I grew up surrounded by creativity – both my parents are artists, and I’ve been encouraged to draw and be creative my whole life. It’s just something I’ve always done, I draw everyday! I studied Fine Art at TAFE, Creative Arts at Newcastle Uni and am currently doing Graphic Design at Enmore TAFE. I’m kind of sick of studying though, at the moment I mostly just want to draw in bed.

What are your ties to the Central Coast and what do you think about Long Jetty?

I grew up in Copacabana, in a home that looks like a tree house. I’ve also lived in Yattalunga, Macmasters Beach, Terrigal and Gosford. I currently live in Sydney, but I come back to the Coast a lot. I like visiting Long Jetty, I’m a fan of all the stores and cafes that have opened up there in the past couple years.

Where can we see your work in the future?

I’m going to have art in the next issue of The Lush Scoop (http://thelushscoop.com/). Last month I had a wallpaper installation at Gosford Regional Gallery and I have a lot of left over rolls of wallpaper that I’m going to put somewhere – I’m thinking of putting it up as street art around the Inner West.

How can people get in contact with you?

I’m on tumblr -leahjeane.tumblr.com, and instagram @halloweenvalentines. I have a website that is kind of under construction, leahjean.com and I can be contacted at leahjeane@outlook.com

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Dapper Darlings is a vintage clothing store on the Central Coast of NSW selling vintage clothing and locally hand made crafts. Dapper Darlings was born out of the idea that old is beautiful, recycling is fashionable and being an individual is priority. You will find a range of vintage dresses, skirts, blouses, retro knits, mens and womans button up shirts and jackets, shoes, bags, scarves and anything else we uncover in the wonderful world of the old. Every item is hand picked, mended, dyed, altered or just left in all its vintage glory. Some things you just can not improve on! Keep an eye on our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram @dapperdarlings to see whats happening in our world!

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