Kirsty Mitchell was born and raised in the county of Kent, known to many as the ‘Garden of England’. Her mother, an English teacher and passionate storyteller, read to her almost everyday to an age she could no longer admit to her friends. The imagination and belief in beauty became her root, and the place she constantly try to returns to in her work. Educated in history of art, photography, fine art, costume for film and theatre and fashion design, art became her only passion. When her mother got ill and died in November 2008, she threw herself into photography and started producing pieces that echoed the memories of the stories she read to her as a child.
By combining her various backgrounds, Kirsty creates images where everything has been designed and produced by herself. Inspired by the love and death of her mother, she conceived Wonderland, this fantastic and poetic series of pictures. “The costumes, props, sets and accessories, are all a vital part of the process that is finally recorded in the finished product of the photograph. This physical creation is my favorite part, and has taken me to places I would have otherwise never known. I have walked on snow covered in flowers, stood in lakes at sunset, painted trees, set fire to chairs, made smoking umbrellas, and giant wigs from stolen flowers.”