Sydney-based ,contemporary artist, Lang Leav is the inspiration behind the enchanting world of Akina. Her imagination stretches across a variety of disciplines encompassing fashion, art, books and poetry. Frequently invited to exhibit at high profile exhibitions locally and overseas, she has since built up a loyal following of international fans. Known for her versatility, Lang has completed a wide range of projects both independently and through a number of exciting collaborations. Her outstanding work alternates between the fanciful and melancholic, expressing an underlying complexity beneath its child-like facade. Lang is a recipient of The Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and was later granted a prestigious Churchill Fellowship. Her fashion label Akina has achieved critical and commercial success, stocked in key boutiques around Australia and later in cutting edge Harajuku, Japan. Charlie’s Widow is the centrepiece artwork from her sell out handmade book of the same name, which was presented to iconic film director Tim Burton at the opening of his Wonderland Exhibition.