A number of blind or visually impaired artists have created sculptures and music, but what about visual art and design?
Here are two examples of blind artists who have persevered to follow their creative talents, and are working in fashion design and photography.
Mason Ewing was blinded at 15 from years of horrific abuse at the hands of relatives.
An article about him reports that he is now successful as a fashion designer, and is developing a teen comedy and a drama series for television.
The image is a drawing, made by another artist, for one of his designs, a “Marie Antoinette” gown.
The article says “His mother, a seamstress and dressmaker, was murdered when Ewing was 4, he said. As an older child, Ewing remembers watching fashion shows and seeing glamorous top models like Naomi Campbell on the catwalk.”
“I decided to work in fashion and follow in my mother’s footsteps,” he recalls.
Test scenes for his teen drama “Eryna Bella” have been shot. “It’s about high school beauty queens competing for the attention of the campus alpha male,” he said.
“Mary E. Fry, a producer and casting director for independent films who is assisting Ewing and his young actors, said what he is planning is doable.
“I grew up in an era of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder and I know what they’ve accomplished,” Fry said. “He’ll have people at his side that are his eyes and ears. His biggest challenge is getting investors in line.”
“Ewing is confident he can triumph in another visual arts field.”
“There are a lot of people who are handicapped and they’re able to do a lot of things that people don’t necessarily think they can do,” he said.
From Blind fashion designer aims to make TV shows, By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2012.
Video: Report about Mason Ewing on People TV
“My artwork is a by-product of my perceptions.” Blind photographer Pete Eckert
Video from Artists Wanted – the description reads in part: “Pete Eckert is a totally blind person. But through his photography, he proves that he IS a visual person, he just can’t see. Pete was the Grand Prize recipient of Artists Wanted: Exposure 2008, an international photography competition…”
A related post: The Amazing Art of Disabled Artists – includes some paintings of Keith Salmon, a “blind fine artist and avid mountain climber.”
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Last reviewed: 23 Apr 2012