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29/01/2018

SOCIAL MEDIA IS HUGE AND YOU NEED TO BUILD UP A GOOD PROFILE, WITH THIS YOU GET SO MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES AND PEOPLE RECOGNIZING YOU, COMING TO YOU FOR WORK. JUST THIS MORNING I WOKE UP TO AN EMAIL REGARDING A PROJECT THAT COULD BE HUGE (WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE) AND THAT WAS HOW MY DAY STARTED. SHE FOUND ME VIA INSTAGRAM, THAT’S ALL. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT EMAIL COULD POP INTO YOUR MAILBOX AND CHANGE YOUR CAREER. IT IS SUPER POWERFUL AND WHEN USED CORRECTLY CAN DO NOTHING BUT BENEFIT YOU.

COULD YOU GIVE US AN IDEA OF WHAT YOUR DAY TO DAY LOOKS LIKE?

I USUALLY WAKE UP AND SIT AT MY DESK, GO THROUGH EMAILS AND CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA, (SOMETIMES NOT AS EFFICIENTLY AS I SHOULD) IF I'M NOT WORKING ON A COMMISSION OR PROJECT, I’LL BE SEARCHING THINGS AND FINDING INSPIRATION ONLINE, RESEARCHING WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FASHION WORLD AND THEN ILLUSTRATE ANY COOL IMAGES I FIND. RECENTLY I HAVE STARTED WRITING SO IF I COME UP WITH A GOOD TOPIC, I’LL WRITE THAT DAY.

DO YOU THINK A DEGREE IS NECESSARY IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?

YES AND NO, IT DEPENDS WHAT PROFESSION IT IS. I KNOW LOTS OF MY FRIENDS DOING LOTS OF GREAT THINGS WITH THEIR DEGREE, BUT SOME CAREERS DON'T REQUIRE A DEGREE. IF YOU’RE CLEARLY VERY GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO / HAVE A STRONG PORTFOLIO OF THAT SKILL, EMPLOYERS MIGHT HESITATE A BIT BUT IN THE END ITS DOWN TO WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF AND IF THE WORK YOU PRODUCE IS UP TO THEIR STANDARDS AND THEIR STYLE, THEN THEY’D BE SILLY NOT TO.

WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM WHEN ILLUSTRATING?

I GO ON A LOT OF FASHION MAGAZINE WEBSITES AND BUY FASHION MAGAZINES, DAZED IS THE MAIN ONE, VOGUE, PAPER, I-D… YOU GET THE GIST. OR I GO OUT AND ABOUT IN LONDON AND SEE IF I CAN PULL ANYTHING FROM DAY TO DAY LIFE THERE.

 

 

HOW IS YOUR PERSONALITY REFLECTED IN YOUR WORK?

I LIKE TO KEEP MY ILLUSTRATIONS QUITE MINIMAL, I DON'T THINK THEY REFLECT MY PERSONALITY PER SE BUT I GUESS THE PART OF MY PERSONALITY THAT LIKES FASHION? THATS REFLECTED REASONABLY WELL!

DID YOU KNOW YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK FOR YOURSELF DOING FREELANCING?

NO, I HAD PLANNED TO NOT GO FREELANCE UNTIL I HAD CONTACTS AND HAD WORKED IN THE INDUSTRY FOR SOME TIME, BUT THEN NIKE AND DAZED & CONFUSED BOTH GOT IN CONTACT WITH ME WITHIN 1 MONTH AND 3 MONTHS OF ME GRADUATING SO I STUCK WITH IT. I AM STILL LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT JOB AS I’D LOVE TO WORK IN HOUSE BUT FOR NOW, FREELANCING IS WHAT I'M DOING.

IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU THAT GIRLS SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY, WHY?

100%, SUPPORTING OTHERS DOES NOT TAKE AWAY FROM YOURSELF OR YOUR WORK, SO WHY NOT? IT’S SAD TO SEE PEOPLE NOT SUPPORTING OTHERS FOR THESE SILLY REASONS OR FOR THINKING OF THEM AS COMPETITION RATHER THAN BEING ABLE TO APPRECIATE THEIR CRAFT.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ILLUSTRATION YOU HAVE PRODUCED?

PROBABLY A RECENT ILLUSTRATION THAT I DID OF 2 MEMBERS OF HAIM, WHO ARE UP THERE WITH FAVE BANDS BUT THEIR POSES ARE POWERFUL AND I LOVE THEIR OUTFITS. AN ILLUSTRATION THAT I DID LAST YEAR OF A GUCCI PRE-FALL 2017 CAMPAIGN IS UP THERE TOO, I PUT A LOT OF DETAILING INTO IT AND THIS WAS ACTUALLY THE ILLUSTRATION THAT GOT ME NOTICED BY NIKE.

WAS THERE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER?

DEFINITELY WORKING WITH DAZED, I HAVE WANTED TO WORK WITH THEM FOR AS LONG AS I HAVE BEEN ILLUSTRATING. I WAS CREATING A PIECE OF WORK TO SEND IN TO THEM TO GET NOTICED WHEN THEY EMAILED ME OFF THEIR OWN BACK, I WAS RIDICULOUSLY SHOCKED.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY?

YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO BE EVERYONES CUP OF TEA AND YOU WONT GET A JOB JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE QUALIFIED. CREATIVITY ISN’T A MATHS EQUATION THAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG, ITS DOWN TO SOMEONE LIKING YOUR STYLE OF WORK AND YOU HAVE TO KEEP REMINDING YOURSELF OF THAT.

WHAT’S THE WORST EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE HAD WHEN WORKING WITH A COMPANY ORCLIENT?

I HAD A PRETTY BIG PROJECT LINED UP WITH A CLIENT BUT THEY CAME TO ME NOT KNOWING WHAT THEY WANTED, SO I GAVE THEM COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF OPTIONS OF A DESIGN AND EACH TIME THEY ASKED FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. IN THE END THEY WERE OUT OF REACH AND ONLY PAID ME A FRACTION OF WHAT WAS INVOICED.

DO YOU THINK SOCIAL MEDIA IS AN IMPORTANT PLATFORM FOR CREATIVE TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK?

YES YES YES, ITS THE BIGGEST THING AT THE MOMENT! WITHOUT THAT I WOULDN'T HAVE RECEIVED 90% OF THE WORK I HAVE DONE.

WHEN GROWING UP DID YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO AND IN 10 YEARS DO YOU THINK YOU WILL STILL BE DOING IT?

I WAS ALWAYS CREATING STUFF BUT I NEVER KNEW WHAT I WAS GOING TO GO INTO. THERE WAS ALWAYS A FASHION MAG DREAM. COME TO THINK OF IT, I STILL DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO!  I’D LIKE TO HAVE BOUGHT A HOUSE, BE COMFORTABLE, I GUESS I WILL HAVE HAD CHILDREN BY 32, BE SETTLED IN A PERFECT JOB EITHER FREELANCING OR WORKING WITHIN A STUDIO.

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