BRADLEY THEODORE IS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS OF HIS GENERATION, AND ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE STARS OF THE FASHION WORLD CONTINUOUSLY PAVING THE PATH FOR YOUNG, CREATIVE MINDS WHO WISH TO PURSUE THE CAREER IN ART AND FASHION. WE MET HIM IN MILAN LAST WEEK AT THE MOLESKINE CAFÈ DURING THE LAUNCH OF HIS COLLABORATION WITH THE BRAND FOR DESIGN WEEK.
Hello Bradley, we are here at Moleskine today. Imagine you have your notebook, what would you write or sketch while in Milan?
I love the buildings in Milan, they are so charming and you can get so many details in each of them. Look at the one out there, it’s just perfect in its shapes. I think this is one of the best cities in the world and I’ll be inspired just by walking around randomly and could sketch everything and then add this notebook to my collection.
Do you have a sort of archive or?
I do, they’re at my mother’s house. All my sketchbooks, I have tons and love to keep them because they represent my history.
Do you happen to look back to the very previous works?
Well, when i was at school i used to go to the library where they had an art section: i looked to all ancient books with sketches by Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci and i used to copy them. It was really inspiring for me but it’s funny because these ketches are still so contemporary: society has changed a lot but certain books and sketches are evergreen.
Milan is a perfect spot for your art with the best designer. In the past you have best sketching talents like Lagerfeld, Coco Chanel and Anna Wintour and more. Which italian designer could inspire you today?
Oh, Valentino. No doubt. He is such an inspiring and talented man. He is genius, a classic.
Moleskine sounds like a perfect partner for you: notebook and backpack are surely part of your daily life and work. Do you used to personalize these items before the collaboration?
Yeah! Well, it’s funny because all kids in America use to draw their backpacks and i remember me doing the same in elementary school! In a way it was the beginning of my career as an artist. And then when i grew up, i’ve been able to bring my individuality in all the things i do.
Small or big paintings?
Oh wow. Big paintings for me (laughs). You know, street art is for the people. And i know that when i draw something big on the street for example, i make sometimes people happy and this is something extraordinary. You can turn a bad day in a good day, really. As an artist i feel that i have to do in a way my part to make your day better.
Bradley Theodore staged a live painting performance on the façade windows of Moleskine Cafè on Monday 3rd April, and three of the artist’s new works on canvas were on display.
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