Inspired by fragile beauty and fearless strength, Transcendence explores the realms of transformation and spiritual growth. In contrast to a human being’s struggle with change, in the natural world we find a collection of beautiful creatures that embody the power of adaptation and metamorphosis.
The brainchild of Claire Skinner, Transcendence is a self-initiated project brought to life in an exclusive, limited edition 76 page, large format book designed by Claire and printed by Gunn & Taylor on Spicers premium papers including Neenah Classic and Pacesetter Gloss. The juxtaposition of the two paper stocks providing the perfect canvas for Claire’s exquisite contrasting creatures. Complemented by Sirio Translucent sheer papers and the magical shimmer of silver foiling, Transcendence evokes understated beauty and ethereal spirituality.
Together with the collection of short films Transcendence reaches beyond natural beauty to convey the power of the human spirit.
Concept, Creative Direction & Design: Claire Skinner
Photographer: Sam Bisso, Assistants: Reuben Gates, John O’Rourke & Marcus Cropp, Stylist: Bec Cole, Hair & Makeup: Julie Provis, Specialist Hair Braiding: Georgia Freedman, Studio: The Establishment Studios, Talent Agency: Vivien’s Models Melbourne & Sydney, Retouching: Peter Orlik, Copywriting: Dennis Marchese & Claire Skinner, Paper: Spicers, Printing: Gunn & Taylor
Featuring: Bird: Emily Wake, Dragonfly: Stefanny Agius, Swan: Emma D, Seahorse: Natalia Kalinowski, Beetle: Janelle Franklin, Moth: Leah Johnsen, Snake: Millicent Lambert, Butterfly: Lottie
Styling: Bird: Cappellazzo Couture (with collar by Suzanne Harward), Dragonfly: Matcho Suba, Swan: Toni Maticevski, Seahorse: Gabrielle Brown, Beetle: Christina Exie, Moth: Aurelio Costarella, Snake: Aurelio Costarella, Butterfly: Suzanne Harward, Accessories: Christine
Folio Photography: Mark Lobo, Foliolio