Thursday, 5 August 2010


"Will Cotton's most recent painting, a pin-up-inspired portrait of Katy Perry, began with an email.

A few months ago, through his web site, the artist received an inquiry about his work from a "Katheryn Hudson." The paintings she wanted weren't available. But as a fan of Katy Perry (he'd torn out magazine images of her, admiring her style) Cotton knew enough to wonder if the email was from the pop star. (Perry, Katy's stage name, is her mother's maiden name.)
So I wrote back, 'If this is Katy Perry, would you like to pose for me?'" Cotton said.

Cotton Candy Katy serves as the cover for Perry's album Teenage Dream, out later this month; photographs by Cotton make up the rest of the album art. When Perry came to New York to pose for Cotton at his Chinatown studio, Cotton took hundreds of photographs of her in the sweets-based hats and jewelry he makes. She also wore a dress made to look like oversized foil cupcake papers, sewn for him by his friend, the designer Cynthia Rowley." - via Interview

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