Louis Vuitton, J. Crew, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Nars and Vogue. These names are the holy grail to any fashion hungry student and being an employee of any has to be salvation. Imagine working for each one….I literally cannot, so if you have that breadth of imagination, props. Fashion illustrator, artist and designer in her own right, Tanya Ling, has seen this promised land and peasants such as myself and one of my best friends, Anna, worship at her altar.
Although a citizen of the world, Tanya Ling now resides in London, working on projects including a ready-to-wear collection featured at Bendel’s and a full gallery space conversion into one huge canvas – just an ordinary gal. So, if you find yourself wearing furs in lukewarm 60-degree weather, stalking Italian bombshell actresses of the 1960s and exclusively eating brie cheese, then you are a whole lot like my BFF Anna (you should probably get in contact with her because you are a rare species) and you will connect with the fabulosity of Tanya Ling on a spiritual level. While fashionistas will gravitate towards her more commercial series like those for Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs, I have to recommend giving her “Line Paintings” and “Happy Swamp” works a fair chance.
Her delicate line work is absolutely intoxicating and her abstraction strikes the perfect balance between representational and expressionistic. A testament to this, is shown in her commission to take over the walls at Mayor Gallery to commemorate the closing of the gallery space. Painted in one single session, she transforms blank walls into a singular complete headspace of flowing lines and drips which are reminiscent of both landscape and figure. I just cannot with this woman, she is such a queen and I hope to have one ounce of her sparkle when I am a true adult.