Can nightmares be beautiful? Haunting things that flash into your submerged consciousness like the flickering images of a projector reel, causing you to jolt awake, gasping for your own reality? If such horrors usually reserved for nightmares and horror films can be beautiful, than this is the occasion. With its dark magic, Maripossa’s 2013 campaign simultaneously haunts and captivates.
The Australian jewellery label brings rawness of elements in chunks of molten metal, and fabric-like jewellery that looks somewhere between the sturdiness of chain-mail and the delicacy of spider web. The collection plays in that mystical space where the cool girl – the one with a bohemian sensibility and a tough edge – likes to play, admiring things that have beauty without necessarily having polish.
The photography by Lissy Elle has the same kind of rawness, light-dappled, faded, or grainy, like photographs lost and rediscovered. Haunted photographs.
Featuring model Rita Violentij and styled by the label’s designer, Lauren Besser, you can view more of the Maripossa (maripossa.com.au) collection – ‘Into the Ether’ – by clicking on the gallery.