REDMILK MEETS LONDON ARTIST AND DESIGNER PATRICK CHURCH. WITH HIS CREATIVE TASTE AND PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS, HE CREATES WEARABLE AND UNIQUE ART PIECES, WHICH STIMULATE A PROVOCATIVE VISION AROUSING MIXED EMOTIONS
When did you realize you wanted to pursue your artistic dream?
I have always been a very visual person and ever since I was a child I was always making things. I used to want to be a designer and it wasn’t until I was about sixteen where I decided that making art was the journey I wanted to take. I struggled for a long time with depression and anxiety which I found crippling, a force larger than myself that overtook my life for a long time and prevented me from being able to make work and function properly, it’s been a long journey and I decided to take my work seriously a couple of years ago.
What does the concept of “body” mean to you?
I am fascinated by the body, I don’t think I could paint or draw anything other than the body, it’s very sacred to me, I love exploring the depths and layers of the body, the mind also, the mind is so powerful, body and mind go hand in hand.
How important is color in your art?
Very important, I use it within my work to portray my mood and my emotions. My mother is half Indian, in Indian culture colors are so vibrant and important, and my mother has always worn and adored bright colors, I like that color can take me to a different place in my mind, I really resonate with it.
Is there a brand you would like to collaborate with?
I have collaborated with brands in the past, it’s something I absolutely love to do, and will definitely be doing again in the future. I would love to collaborate with a brand that uses bold and bright prints, as I think my paintings as prints on clothes would be totally beautiful.
When did you begin your career as a visual artist?
I started taking my work seriously a couple of years ago.
Why did you think of merging art and fashion in your work?
It was just a way for my work to be shown to a larger audience, I started to have a lot of fun with it, however the past year I mainly just focused on making art works. I am relaunching my website with an online store, selling limited edition hand painted clothing and art works in the next couple of months which I am really excited about.
How important is the ‘handmade’ concept to you?
I love the thought of having something that has been handmade, it feels much more intimate, much more personal. I have toyed with the idea of printing pieces for quite a long time, however I think it would ruin idea and concept behind my work. I love that everything I make is unique and one of a kind, it’s precious.
How does art reflect in your life?
My art is my life, it’s just an extension of myself, my emotions, it’s a compulsion, it’s like my child, or my lover. It has always been there for me, the greatest form of therapy, making art work has honestly saved me from complete destruction and devastation.
Do you consider yourself an artist or a fashion designer?
Definitely an artist, clothing is just a more universal way of showing my work, and you can definitely have a lot of fun producing the clothing, it’s great to see how people react to the art work on the garments.
Who is your favorite designer, and why?
I don’t really have a favorite designer; I often make the clothes I want to wear as I don’t really see anything I want to spend my money on.