Zara Carpenter

My artwork, hats, pain and other sneaky peeks into my life.

www.zaracarpenter.com

Best Wedding Invite EVER!!


It’s no secret that I am a massive geek so when it came to our wedding invite all the usual ideas for invites were just not for us. We went to our good friend and the Gandalf of illustration Mr Mark Barnes and asked him for something different. We wanted two designs, one for our wedding in Sweden and one for our party here in the UK, we spoke to Mark about all our geeky loves and BOOM he came up with these beauties…. he is a bloody genius!

How many movies references can you spot?

Please check out Marks website www.markbarnesillustration.com if you would like to commission him to do some AWESOME for you.

10th December is the last posting day for international orders so anyone outside the UK please buy now in time for Christmas:
www.etsy.com/shop/zaracarpenter

10th December is the last posting day for international orders so anyone outside the UK please buy now in time for Christmas:

www.etsy.com/shop/zaracarpenter

FRAGMENTS - INSTALLATION SHOTS

For those who missed our exhibition the other week, here are some installation shots. The show featured new work from six Medway based artists on themes of fragmentation and disintegration and was at the Horsebridge Centre from 7th - 13th November.

Featured artists:

Matt Bray, painting (http://www.mattbray.info/)

Zara Carpenter, sculpture (http://zaracarpenter.com/)

Darrell Hawkins, painting (http://www.darrellhawkins.co.uk/)

Riikka Eiro, photography (http://riikkaeiro.com/)

Rikard Österlund, photography (http://rikardosterlund.com/)

Dave Bray, sculpture

(Source: rikardosterlund)

Persephone is from a series of three sculptures. Using gathered and found objects (silk flowers, birds wings, insects) these sculptures investigate themes of memento mori and metamorphosis. 

The origins of this piece come from an exploration and acceptance of my own mortality and the ageing process. A need to leave something beautiful behind when I am gone.

This sculpture will be shown as part of the exhibition ‘Fragments’, a survey of 6 different artists on the theme of fragmentation and disintegration.

'Fragments' will be at Whitstable's Horsebridge Centre (The Horsebridge Centre 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF) from Wednesday 7th November to Tuesday 13th November 2012.

Private View on Sunday 11th November 13.00-16.00

(Source: vimeo.com)

Christmas Hat Collection: Cutie



I will be adding these cuties to my Etsy shop in the next couple of weeks

Christmas Hat Collection: FEATHERS

I shall be adding these little pretties to my Etsy shop in the next few weeks  

rikardosterlund:

“Love Of My Father”, from Zara Carpenter’s new collection.
Here’s Zara story behind the hat:
This headpiece is made on a satin covered headband and sinamay base. It is adorned with a pair of pigeons wings, an adult pigeons head, nestled with a casting of a juvenile pigeon on a bed of fabric violets. The pigeon wing and head is covered in black fine glitter, representing ashes.
My father kept pigeons when I was young, he would send them off on long races and sometimes they won. He adored his pigeons. My father died when I was 15 which broke my heart and changed my life forever. Many people think pigeons are vermin but I love them and I always thought that is we did come back again once we die then maybe he would come back as a pigeon.’

rikardosterlund:

“Love Of My Father”, from Zara Carpenter’s new collection.

Here’s Zara story behind the hat:

This headpiece is made on a satin covered headband and sinamay base. It is adorned with a pair of pigeons wings, an adult pigeons head, nestled with a casting of a juvenile pigeon on a bed of fabric violets. The pigeon wing and head is covered in black fine glitter, representing ashes.

My father kept pigeons when I was young, he would send them off on long races and sometimes they won. He adored his pigeons. My father died when I was 15 which broke my heart and changed my life forever. Many people think pigeons are vermin but I love them and I always thought that is we did come back again once we die then maybe he would come back as a pigeon.’

WOHOOO 20% SALE!!
To celebrate the launch of my new website I have a 20% SALE on all the hats on my Etsy shop. Simply go to my shop and type in ‘JAPAN’ as the coupon code when you check-out.THIS OFFER IS VALID UNTIL MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST.

WOHOOO 20% SALE!!

To celebrate the launch of my new website I have a 20% SALE on all the hats on my Etsy shop. Simply go to my shop and type in ‘JAPAN’ as the coupon code when you check-out.
THIS OFFER IS VALID UNTIL MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST.

My New Hat Collection “Life Death And Fertility”

As promised my second collection of headpieces,all one offs. Exploring the theme the fragility of life and beauty, my own version of a vanitas.

In the past few years I have been made aware of my own mortality, how life is fleeting. Dealing with the ageing process and my chronic illness I realise I shall probably never be a mother…… these headpieces are my babies.

Photography by Rikard Osterlund

Styling by Rachel Cooper

Makeup by Anna Bourne

Model Leah Hamilton Ward from D1 models