Illustrating the body

06 Apr

One of my favourite songs of the year so far has to be “Someone That I Used To Know” by Gotye. (click to watch the video). It was the anthem of my,…. and most of Australia’s, summer.  But even more of a bonus is the video which feature the body artistry work of Adelaide based skin illustrator, photographer and sculptor Emma Hack.

I first saw Emma’s work when I was researching Florence Broadhurst.  Emma was given the blessing from Signature Prints to access the Iconic Florence Broadhurst archives of some 530 wallpaper and fabric designs. This provided the inspiration for her to put together the Wallpaper Collection  and the more recent Wallpaper Mandala Collection.  The first ever work took 19 hours to complete, and more recent works between 8-15 hours.  Understandably Emma says it is an exhausting process for artist and indeed the model.

A model is painted by artist Emma Hack in London. Hack, a leading skin illustrator, is painting naked models at the Art London fair, camouflaging them against a wallpaper background designed by Australian interior designer, Florence Broadhurst.

Model Painted By Emma Hack with Florence Broadhurst wallpaper - Image sourced from

The more recent Wallpaper Mandala collection features 10 new images, expertly blending the female form into Broadhurst designs. This new collection is a further celebration of Emma’s skill and expertise, where she merges Broadhurst’s wallpaper designs together with her own gorgeous colour palettes.

Mandala Wallpaper Collection

Emma’s Inspiration



Emma began exploring the idea of camouflage, drawing inspiration from iconic model of the 1960’s/70’s, Veruschka, who painted herself into rustic walls and naturalistic settings.


 So I am very excited to hear that Emma will be exhibiting her new collection Mirrored Whispers in Sydney on 27 April to 13 May 2012 at the Frances Keevil Art Gallery, ( images sourced from – A taster of the body art photography to be displayed is below.
For an extra treat I have included a link to show Emma’s work behind the scenes (Click Here).
 Emma Hack - Peacock Whispers I  Emma Hack - Sweet Pea Whispers Emma Hack - Wisteria Whispers
On with the colourful journey…………….

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4 responses to “Illustrating the body

  1. This Sydney Life

    April 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Brilliant! Thanks for the heads up – I’ll be heading to this. Love her work (and Signature Prints is pretty fab’ too!)

    • birdcagedesign

      April 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      I may see you there! Re signature prints, if you ever get the chance to do a tour of their premises it is well worth it.

      • This Sydney Life

        April 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        I have done one with ISCD. Too spooky if you did one with them, too…. 🙂


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