Veronica Ballart Lilja
Veronica Ballart Lilja was born in Stockholm, studied Graphic Design in Barcelona, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. A successful fashion illustrator, she has worked for brands like Zara, Mango, and Harpers Bazaar. Most of her work is in watercolour, which she often uses as a basis for innovative mixed-media work.
JOHN BEARDSWORTH is a photographer and writer with a wealth of experience photographing both digitally and on film. He is the author of Step-by-Step Digital Black-and-White Photography, Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook, Photoshop Fine Art Effects Cookbook, Digital Photographer's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Advanced Digital Black & White Photography.
Richard Bernabe is an internationally-renowned nature, wildlife, and travel photographer from the United States. His passion for adventure has been the driving force behind his life's quest to capture the moods and character of the world's most amazing places, from Africa to the Amazon and countless places in between.Editorial clients include National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, The BBC, The World Wildlife Fund, National Parks, Outdoor Photographer, and many others. Corporate clients include Canon, Orvis, Apple, Microsoft, and more. Richard was named one of the "Top 30 Influential Photographers on the Web" by the Huffington Post and included in the "20 Photographers Changing the World Through Social Media" by Influence Digest. He has more than 1 million social media followers.
Hester began teaching drawing and painting in 2009. She often teaches alongside bestselling author Jake Spicer, running life drawing classes designed to challenge and grow her students' understanding. She is based in Devon and has twice been shortlisted for the Sky Arts Artist of the Year, as well as for the BP Portrait Award.
UK-born SIMON BOND currently lives in South Korea, and has been living and travelling in Asia for the last five years. Recording his experiences through photography with a strikingly graphic style, he is known for his ability to find great photos in seemingly mundane locations, and his work has been published and exhibited in both the UK and in South Korea.
Daniela Bowker, author and curator of this book, is a noted photography journalist and photographer with a keen eye for digital art. She is co-author of Ilex's Photo School: Composition and a featured writer on the popular photography blog Pixiq.com.
Matthew Brehm is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho, where his teaching responsibilities include design studios, graphics courses, and an annual study abroad program in Rome, Italy, that he initiated in 2007. He is the author of Sketching on Location and Drawing Perspective. In 2010, Matthew received the university's Hoffman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and his drawings have been recognized with awards by the Design Communication Association and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.
Susan Bright has contributed to numerous publications and is the author of Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography and Art Photography Now.
Amber specialises in the historical intersections between dress, politics and culture. She has written books on the perennial influence of nautical dress and the impact of film on fashion, and she is regularly asked to speak at cultural hotspots from the Tate to the V&A. Amber recently presented A Stitch in Time, a six-part series on BBC Four that fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. It was described as "snappy and engaging" by The Guardian, "hugely enjoyable" by The Telegraph and "mesmerising" by the Radio Times. This was followed by Civilisations Stories: The First Refugees for BBC One and BBC Four, about the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields for the landmark BBC Civilisations season. Her two-part documentary for BBC Radio 4 tracked the rise of vintage clothing and the global ramifications of secondhand style (see here for more). Amber's expertise spans a number of areas. She is a National Crime Agency External Advisor as a Consultant Forensic Garment Analyst, working with Alecto Forensics on cases that require investigation of clothing and textiles. She is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, and a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London. She has penned articles for The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, Icon and The Pool, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.?Amber began her career as Head Buyer and Trend Analyst for international vintage clothing company Beyond Retro. During this time she was interviewed for The Observer as one of the fashion world's best buyers and photographed for Vogue as a girl with great British style. She established the Beyond Retro Design Archive which sells vintage inspiration pieces to global fashion houses, and she was a contributor to leading trend forecasting company WGSN. She has also worked as a design consultant for fashion brands.?Amber is one half of creative collaboration the Broken Hearts, whose spectacular DJ sets were described by The Independent as "a Hollywood musical on hallucinogenics." Together they have graced stages across the globe from Paris to New York and Hong Kong for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton. Their weekly primetime radio show on Jazz FM ran for over 3 years, earning them a Radio Academy Award nomination, and was described by The Guardian as "a cool swing music show hosted by two vintage style icons." To find out more, visit their website.