CZAFARI and ELLIE


I am very happy to show you these beautiful photos. Photographer @elliekoepke contacted me a few weeks ago to make a very special collaboration with @czafariii and her daughter. I sent them some clothes to Birmingham and this is the result of bringing together some amazing artists.
       
                              
       
               
                  

Ellie Koepke 

What do you do professionally?
I’m a freelance music photographer and graphic designer, and I also do social media work.
 
How do you find inspiration?
I usually look to my current favourite photographers, designers and painters and create a moodboard for each shoot. I try and collaborate with the artists I'm photographing as much as possible and work in a style that they like alongside my own.
 
Can you name your favourite artists?
Jhené Aiko, Loyle Carner, Noname, Girl Knew York, Miranda Makaroff and Micaiah Carter.
 
Your favourite song? why?
This is so hard! It changes all the time but I love Pais Nublado by Helado Negro - all of his stuff is great but this one in particular is really calming.
 
What do you think about climate change?
It’s terrifying and I try not to think about it all the time, but it has definitely impacted my shopping and food choices for the better. I think large companies should ultimately be held responsible, not the individual - but if we can afford to make small changes, we definitely should.
 
How do you see the fashion industry today?
The rise of indie brands, sustainable fashion and vintage is really exciting to me. I love that people are considering their choices more and that we’re moving away from fast fashion trends. I also believe we are heading towards a more diverse and fair industry for designers, models and photographers of colour - although there’s still a long way to go.
                      
           

            

                              
                        
          
             
           

Czafari

 

What do you do professionally?
Professionally I am a Programme Assistant for a mental health organisation, assisting any projects to help individuals and their mental health. However on the side I am also a singer/songwriter ✨

How do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration by looking towards those who I see as my role models and take their values in my stride.


Can you name your favourite artists?
My favourite artists at the moment are Greentea Peng, Connie Constance and Pa Salieu - they are all UK artists killing the music scene with their innovative areas. Loving them right now! ❤️
 
Your favourite song? why?
My favourite song right now is Connie Constance - WOAH. It just always sounds good regardless of what I’m doing.
 
What do you think about climate change?
I think climate change is bittersweet... it’s terrifying to know what is happening to the planet but it allows us to take precautions in the way we look after Earth. I am all for the little things that will eventually mean a lot.


How do you see the fashion industry today?
I see the fashion industry extremely growing these days. From big brands to small brands, there is so much choice, which I love because it allows us to shape our identities very clearly & specifically. I am growing fond of small sustainable fashion brands as it means creatives can do what they are passionate about with no harm to others
 
   Daniela xx