Could you tell us, what creative field you are in? & what mediums you use to create your work?
I am an artist, I work primarily with paint, its the method of working I am most comfortable with. I like to draw and work with writing too, I think it is very important as an artist to record your feelings and surroundings, its what betters your work.
How have you then modified your creative practice to use it in the fashion world?
I used to paint only with oils, however working onto leather with that medium doesnt work, so I have had to adapt this by using different paint. I wouldnt say the ideas behind my work have changed, I still have the same method of thinking whilst working. If I am creating a piece for someone I know I like to work with them and find out what they like and put my own spin on things I guess. However I think my work is still highly personal, it just has a different audience.
What you describe your personal style as? Would you say your work is an extension of your personal style?
I have always been quite consistent in the way I dress, I know what I like and what suits my body, this has never really changed. I really believe in buying my clothes selectively and buying classic pieces, I have some stuff from eight years ago that still makes me feel great when I wear it. I wouldn’t say my work was an extension of my style, maybe an extension of my mind, but I do feel good when I wear one of my jackets!
With making your jackets, do you do them custom to the personality you are doing it for? Or do you create them to your own accord?
I mainly create them to my own accord, I like to think of colours and themes for each one, I use myself and my own feelings in a lot of my work, I like working with writing as I find it to be quite personal and aesthetically pleasing to my eye. However I have created a couple of jackets for people, and thats really fun working with someone else to create something together. I loved the jacket I painted for David Motta as I think we both have a mutual understanding of what pleases our eyes, it is fun combining ideas.
Any up and coming projects we should keep our eyes peeled for?
There are a few things I am really excited about, I just signed a contract with a stockist in Paris which I am so excited about. I just want to carry on doing what I am doing and see what happens..
Any wise words to artists that are starting out?
I have had so many knock backs as an artist, rejection is something you shouldn’t be scared of, it should make you more determined. Stella Vine is a huge inspiration to me, and always says such kind things about my work. Having people that are good for you and believe in you is such a great thing, I suppose just to stay true to yourself and your way of working.
Interview by Adam-Peter Hicks