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These Shelsey Birch Sketches Balance Femininity and Strength

 - Jun 14, 2011
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These Shelby Birch fashion illustrations are weird and unconventional, yet fierce and striking. The Australian illustrator and graphic designer brings personality and flavor to her sketches which reflect the hip styles of today with a unique, imaginative touch.

According to TrendLand, the goal behind Birch's work is to "illustrate the tension and flow between a woman’s warm, mysterious, genteel, and childlike femininity juxtaposed against the masculine characteristics of geometry, boldness, danger, aggression, heroism and mechanics." She does this by incorporating obejcts typically associated with strength and men such as guns or creepy animals into her sketches which represent typically "feminine" women.

Fashion illustrations are one of many art forms that the multitalented Birch experiments with. From children's book illustrations to typography and even sand scultping, Birch brings an element of thoughtful disposition to each of her works.