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by Kemi Akilapa


Rosie Emerson – Sirens

Hackney’s Hang-Up Gallery are showcasing the passionately decorative exhibition, Sirens from Hackney’s own artist Rosie Emerson.

Sirens display a dazzling body of work, experimentally combines print, photography, collage and film to portray Emerson’s mysterious goddesses as ethereal yet beautiful creatures. Like Sirens, these femme fatales lure in the viewer, provoking questions and inviting you into their mythological world.

Rosie’s muse behind the new collection originated from the historical technique of cyanotype printing. It was developed in the early 19th Century, for engineers to duplicate blue prints. Rosie has tailored the cyanotype technique and given it a modern spin following her Influence of botanist Anna Atkins who brought this technique into photography,

I was lucky enough to attend this truly inspirational exhibition and from seeing all the exhibition has to offer, I saw the strength and empowerment in each of these ethereal goddesses!

Sirens is on at Hang-Up Gallery till the 8th June. For more details visit

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Kemi Akilapa is an aspiring bridal designer. She studied clothing design and business and has travelled through Europe and Asia. She likes fashion in all its forms, music, art, theatre and discovering new adventures in London.

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