Last week I was invited to Milk Magazine headquarters for an interview on me and my favourite things. I was told to bring 6 items that were either tools of my trade or things that inspire my work. I tried to bring items that were interesting, nobody wants to know that I use a scanner everyday do they?What I wore to my interview
1) A sketchbook. This one contains all the illustrations I developed and used in my SS12 collection. It's nice to look back when a collection is finished and recall the humble beginnings of a print in a quick doodle.
2) Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours'. Probably my favourite CD of all time- there's a song for every mood. I remember the first time I heard it, I was probably around 18 and going through my 'Oldies' phase. I found it so uplifting and somehow familiar. As cheesy as it sounds 'Go Your Own Way' is still my go-to song to shake me out of a gloomy slump. 'Dreams' is soothing in the background when you're working on something really tedious or want to slip into a creative reverie.
3) My Pantone colour cards. A practical item but indispensable nonetheless. Pantone numbers are the most precise way for me to communicate to my fabric supplier the exact shade and colour I want my final product to be. A print design on the screen can look very different once it gets printed on fabric, luckily people speak Pantone all over the world.
4) My biro collection. I do most of my illustrations and prints with black ball-point pens. You would be amazed at the range of ink flow and line strength a simple biro can have. Cost is no indication of a pen's quality... some of my favourite pens were picked up (or nicked) from hotels, restaurants, airplanes and offices. I can't walk past an old school stationers without picking up a classic bic.
5) The 'Ember shirt' and a fashion illustration from my SS13 collection. This is my favourite print from my new collection because it glows-in-the-dark. The illustration of this print took me a good few days to do because I coloured it in completely with ball-point pen. I drew a girl holding a far of glowing fireflies, her face lit up from the light of her jar and the luminousity of her dress.
6) My favourite book, 'Faeries' written and illustrated by Brian Froud. It's no secret that I am fascinated with faeries, I've believed in them since I was little. I bought this book when I was 12 and it solidified my belief in the faerie realm even more. Brian Froud's illustrations are both realistic and ethereal, to this day his drawings capture my imagination. I refer to it for inspiration from time to time, putting me back in touch with the world of folklore and nature on days when the computer screen gets too much. Pick up this week's Milk Magazines from any 7-11 or streetside newspaper stand to read the interview in Chinese. It really impresses me how much content is in this weekly magazine. After visiting their vast office I can see how much in-house creativity there is, they work at such a fast and productive pace. Thank you Milk Magazine for one of the more unusual interviews I have done so far! x