Described by Clive Martin as a “great British eccentric”, Parkin has become famous not only for her success within her work, but also her flamboyant style and exciting lifestyle. In 2012 Parkin received a Civil List Pension from the Queen for service to the arts.After gaining a scholarship for Fine Art at Goldsmith’s, Parkin’s impressive career includes designing hats and bags for Biba, editing the Sunday Times fashion section – for which she won Fashion Editor of the Year in 1971, and publishing 10 comic-erotic novel, before focusing her time on painting again.mollyparkin.co.uk
She has exhibited her work world-wide, including at the 56th Venice Biennale, Royal Academy of Arts, Somerset House, The Photographers’ Gallery, Royal College of Art, New Orleans Photo Alliance, China House, Malaysia, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu and New Moment, Belgrade. Her work has been published in books and magazines and commissioned for a number of private, public, museum and corporate collections including: Swiss Re (the Gherkin), St Mary’s Hospital, Hotel du Vin, Malmaison Hotels and a number of De Vere Venues including 1 Westferry Circus.
Karas is also the Founder and Creative Director of Magenta Grove Design Studio and the Founder and Curator of Photography Open Salon, which since its inception in 2011 exhibited over 200 photographers on two continents and published in three award winning books. vanjakaras.com
On the Little Paper Slipper Chapter II launch, Dealey commented “I was delighted to be invited by Marie-Louise Jones to decorate one of her charming paper slippers for her inspiring charity. My decorated shoe is intended to reflect that if you can finally find the courage and necessary support to break free from the insidious binding ties of an abusive, controlling relationship then you will indeed flourish and blossom”. fionadealey.com
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