‘Summer of Love’ inspires Embleton fashion artist


Pippa McManus at her latest exhibition. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d476136
Pippa McManus at her latest exhibition. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d476136

EMBLETON fashion illustrator Pippa McManus says her return to the solo exhibition scene after two years brought back “wonderful memories”.

McManus, who has been a professional illustrator for 15 years, launched her exhibition How High The Moon at Studio 281 in Maylands on November 4, which will run until November 18.

The celestial-themed exhibition features 25 new illustrations inspired by McManus’ favourite fashion trends, jewellery and hairstyles.

Her solo exhibition comes after taking part in group exhibitions including Flower Child: Art Inspired by San Francisco’s Summer of Love at the Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco.

McManus said it took her six months to research and finish the concepts for each piece.

“I have tried to be a little bit more inclusive of different kinds of girls this time … I have beautiful African, Asian and Indian girls,” she said.

“My signature is doing flower crowns so I have taken them out this time and put a lot more emphasis on fun hair, jewellery and clothing.”

McManus said the latest fashion trends and models inspired her to continue illustrating.

She said she was now working on a Valentine’s Day solo exhibition plus other works for group exhibitions.

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