About Dear Velvet

Art & fashion, writing, photography, ideas & sheer curiosity keep me up late, playing in the digital world and on the road in the real one.

“There’s so much beauty in the world, even in the most unlikely places. I love to just pack a bag, take off and see as much as possible. Whether it’s a cool new city or a crowded bus up a hairpin bend in the Himalayas (story for another day), I just HAVE to try and Get There. Dusty bazaar or fashion show? I’ll gladly throw a pair of heels out of my bag and take my camera instead.”
DV

I’ll gladly take my camera everywhere.. DV

THERE'S SO MUCH BEAUTY IN THE WORLD...
@dearvelvet
Let’s Collaborate

OH HI THERE!

I’m Marisa, and this is Dear Velvet, my diary of style, creativity and wanderlust,
founded in 2012.
I’m an artist, photographer, Communication & Design PhD student, filmmaker, wanderer and writer, currently based between London and Los Angeles. I was a geeky little kid, and I started planning my life of travel while I was still in Primary school. Combined with art, it was my dream life. I also kept copious diaries, following the urge to record life in words or drawings, so I wouldn’t miss the details. I Made my first dress and was given my first little camera when I was 10 years old, thereby sparking twin obsessions: DIY and photography…

TO MY INVISIBLE FRIEND…
Dear Velvet was conceived as a love letter and meditation on all the beautiful things I’d seen and adored, addressed to a whimsical, fictional Victorian heroine, Velvet. Seen by some as a name drenched in sexiness…
Don’t take it like that, or do – As You Wish! Be Who You Want To Be, just make it magical and beautifully lit from within.

THE NOMAD…
Over the years, I have lived both in India and Sweden and travelled exhaustively through Southeast Asia. I visited the hidden,hypnotic temples of Angkor(Cambodia) three times (yes, THREE.. they’re a must!), Spent almost a year in India, learning to teach yoga in a strict ashram in the southern countryside and studying Buddhism in a very special small village in the Himalayas, Parts of my heart remain in both places. Of course, I’ve been drawn to fashion shows and art exhibits the world over too, along the way, photographing all the fascinating people I met. Nothing wrong with a bit of glamour..

THE PASSIONS…
As I wander about, camera or phone in hand, I’m constantly enthralled by the flavour of different cultures and the changing of the light. In time, this letter grew to include many other passions beside art, travel and fashion: Wellness, yoga, spirituality, healthy (mostly veggie and vegan), food and expressions of creativity through DIY and decor, and of course, an undeniable love of technology. I love to have fun with life!

CREDITS & COLLABORATIONS…

NB: All Photos and editorial are created and copyrighted by Marisa Tapper, unless credited otherwise.

Dear Velvet has also been fortunate to enjoy many collaborations with wonderful artists, and designers, the world over. here is a selection… DESIGNERS: Simon Ekrelius, Lazoschmidl, Isabella Idberg, Björn Borg, Cheap Monday…FASHION WEEKS: Fashion Week, Stockholm, Bangkok International Fashion Week, Copenhagen Fashion Week… ARTISTS: Keetatat Sitthiket, Christian Develter., Marc Lagrange…