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Woman, 36, who lost mother to brain cancer creates breathtaking fantasy land photo series in her memory


Kirsty Mitchell's late mother Maureen was an English teacher who spent her life inspiring generations of children with imaginative stories and plays. Following Maureen's death from a brain tumour in 2008, Kirsty channelled her grief into her passion for photography.
She retreated behind the lens of her camera and created Wonderland, an ethereal fantasy world. The photographic series began as a small summer project but grew into an inspirational creative journey.
'Real life became a difficult place to deal with, and I found myself retreating further into an alternative existence through the portal of my camera,' said the artist.
'This escapism grew into the concept of creating an unexplained storybook without words, dedicated to her [my mother], that would echo the fragments of the fairytales she read to me constantly as a child.'
Kirsty, 36, who has a background in fashion and costume design, collaborated with hair and make-up artist Elbie Van Eeden
Both were in full time jobs so they spent evenings and weekends creating props, wigs, and sets on a shoestring budget and shot in the woodlands surrounding Kirsty's home in Surrey.
Kirsty developed a deep bond and respect for the locations in which she was working and strove, through her pictures, to 'remind others of their forgotten magic and beauty'. 
She became fascinated with pockets of wild flowers such as the bluebells that would appear for only a few brief weeks of the year. In some cases, she would wait a full 12 months so she could shoot costumes matched to the vivid colours of nature.

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Japanese pop culture author and designer La Carmina Gothic Lolita


Japan Goth fashion / culture blogger. Travel TV host & arranger. Coolhunter. Author of 3 Jpop books. CNN, AOL, Huffington Post journalist. 

“Adorable, in a somewhat bizarre way.” - The New Yorker

(La Carmina has) “beauty, grace, intelligence and can speak with authority on many subjects.”
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La Carmina is a professional Japan & alternative fashion/beauty/alt cultures blogger, travel TV host, author of 3 books (Penguin USA and Random House), designer and journalist for AOL Travel / Huffington Post.

TV HOST & FIXER: La Carmina has appeared on The Today Show and co-hosted an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, which airs in 75 countries. NHK Japan filmed a documentary about her work; recent presenting and arranging credits include Food Network, Discovery Channel/Fuel, National Geographic, Pro Sieben Germany, Dutch Pepsi, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, Norway TV, CNN, Mexico Tourism Board and more. (View her reels below and here.)

TRAVEL SHOW: She hosts, writes, arranges and field produces a "Coolhunting America" travel TV show for Huffington Post / AOL. La Carmina travels and scouts out underground attractions and bizarre subcultures, starting with Wisconsin. Watch the first episode.

COOLHUNTER: She runs a trend consulting / TV hosting and arranging company: La Carmina & The Pirates. The crew specializes in Cool Japan, cosplay, Goth, fashion, music, art and youth subcultures. (See resume and hire the Pirates.)

BLOGGER & JOURNALIST: Her popular blog has been featured in major publications (The New Yorker, Washington Post, WWD, Village Voice, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Time Out New York, LA Times). She is a travel and pop culture journalist for CNN, Huffington Post, AOL Travel. La Carmina has a large, passionate online following, and was twice invited to Luisaviaroma's Italy event for the world's top fashion bloggers. She was a guest at NY Fashion Week 2012, where she sat front row and spoke at IFB Conference. She spoke about travel video and social media at the 2012 PRSA Travel and Tourism Conference.

AUTHOR & EDUCATION: Her 3 books include Cute Yummy Time (about decorating food to look adorable - Penguin USA) and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (maid cafes, cat cafes, vampire and ninja restaurants - Random House). La Carmina is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School.

FASHION DESIGNER: La Carmina designs clothing with various fashion brands. She is active in charity work, working with the NOH8 campaign, and raising money for relief efforts in Japan. She recently released the HOPE t-shirt collection and Soho Hearts Panda necklace, with funds going to the earthquake and tsunami victims.

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† AUTHOR (illustrator & photographer) - I wrote three books about Japanese pop culture and food.

 (Perigee/Penguin USA, Oct 09) is a “kawaii” (think Hello Kitty) cookbook that brings the recent trend of personified bento boxes to an American palate. It features four-color photos and my adorable anime drawings. Major US cities book tour; appeared on The Today Show. 

CRAZY WACKY THEME RESTAURANTS: Tokyo (Mark Batty/Random House, Sept 09) is an eye-popping visual tour of Tokyo's kitschiest theme restaurants. This hardcover is packed with my color photography.