Martha Graham

I am starting this week with the American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham (1894-1991).


I first discovered her years ago through Pinterest (yes, again) when collecting imagery for a moodboard I was developing during my short Fashion Design studies in Denmark back in 2014. I was envisioning a womenswear collection conveying a sense of mysticism, authenticity and free-spirit. Even though I didn't end up completing this collection and those studies, I am grateful this experience resulted in discovering my love for drawing people and this awesome artist.

Here are the 4 reasons Martha Graham inspire me:

1. Her dancing style

She revolutionised the Western dance world, while introducing her unique bold and spiritual approach to dancing (which included spasm and trembling). Her style spoke to more taboo forms of movements and emotional expression and inspired by her father, a doctor whose practice involved using physical movement to remedy nervous disorders on his patients.

2. Her philosophy

I love her mindset and her constant reminder to be mindful of our precious body and its connectivity with our soul. Here are some of my favourite quotes:

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body
The body says what words cannot
Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion

3. Fashion Icon

It is hard not to fall in love with the bold and minimalist costumes she was designing for herself. Well, I did and even Vogue magazine though it was worth mentioning too. I am especially impressed with the way she was playing and integrating the garment into her choregraphies, which makes each pose look effortlessly graphic and so photogenic.


4. Multidisciplinary creative collaborations

Another aspect of Martha Graham that I find interesting is her habit of collaborating with other artists & designers who were all coming from different disciplines (photography, sculpture, fashion...). My favourite ones were the one she did with Isamu Noguchi, Andy Warhol, Imogen Cunningham and Soichi Sunami.

Here's an artwork I've created to pay tribute to Martha Graham

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I am also selling two art prints in shop which are inspired by her soulful movements.

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