EternalJellyfishShop

Photographs transformed into colorful graphic art

Verbier, Switzerland · 2 Sales

EternalJellyfishShop

Photographs transformed into colorful graphic art

Verbier, Switzerland 2 Sales On Etsy since 2015

Eternal Jellyfish

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Eternal Jellyfish

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Photographs given a new life by being transformed into colourful graphic art

I have been a photographer my entire life and a film maker all of my adult life with art being a constant that I have always dipped in and out of. I find the ocean and the mountains and all the life that exists in these environments absolutely amazing and an inspiring place to carry out my work.

I have always loved art and the variety and diversity of incredible ideas people have. Until recently I simply could not find the time for it in between shooting photographs and film. However on a trip to Sri Lanka 3 years ago with my close friend Rowena Samarasinhe, I was introduced to her mother who is an amazing and inspiring woman. Celine runs a small charity in Sri Lanka looking after the sick, elderly and poor and has 5 towns or projects in which she devotes much of her time. I visited some of the villages and slums of the most unfortunate in Sri Lanka with Celine. I was so impressed with her kind nature and dedication with the people that I really felt a deep need to do something to help.

Her daughter Rowena and I quickly got excited about the idea of doing a charity fundraiser in our affluent town of Verbier in the Swiss Alps. Originally we discussed doing an auction of images I had taken of the people and the elephants of Sri Lanka. However I was never happy with the idea as I had seen this sort of thing over and over. I wanted to do something a little different.

I had perviously had so many artistic ideas that I never had time to do and this was the perfect opportunity. I took the photographs I had taken and started to transform them into graphic art. The results were colourful and unique and I fell in love with them myself!

The artwork proved to be so popular that I created an Alpine series following the fundraiser. These again were popular, so from there I started to experiment with different finishes, even waterproof art! Then the clothing came next. It just so happened that my close friend Nick Wilkins who’s dad Rod Wilkins had been a great mentor to me in business had started his own garment printing company. With him I was able to freely experiment with fabrics and various garments and he advised me at every step of the way.

The name ‘Eternal Jellyfish’ came about 6 months after I started with the original graphic design project. Coincidentally Rod, knowing so well my great love of the ocean, asked if I knew of a creature that lived forever. He told me about the Immortal Jellyfish (Turritopsis Dohrnii). The immortal jellyfish, is a species of small, biologically jellyfish found in the Mediterranean Sea and in the waters of Japan. It is officially known as the only immortal creature in the world. Once the 4.5mm jellyfish have reproduced, rather than following the normal path of dying, they revert to a sexually immature stage back to their juvenile polyp state. Their tentacles retract, their bodies shrink, and they sink to the ocean floor and then start the cycle of life all over again. The only known way they can die is if they get consumed by another fish or if disease strikes.

I was amazed by this fact and furthermore thought it would be a great name for my graphic art in which I am taking existing photographs and reproducing them again in a new form to give them another life. It was perfect.

Now I intend to find good causes and charities in which to donate from my pieces of art. It was charity that gave me the inspiration I needed in the first place.

Thanks to my mum and dad for inspiring the knowledge and love of the world around me and all the creatures within it. Their support and believe in me has given me the freedom and safety to experiment and take risk. Thank you also Charlie Stone for your immense support.

I hope you enjoy the designs!

Best,

Melody xx

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  • Melody Sky

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Eternal Jellyfish was started by outdoor, action sports, travel and lifestyle photographer and film maker, Melody Sky. Based in Verbier in the Swiss Alps, she has a love for all things ocean and mountain and is passionate about the environment.

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