REDMILK MEETS THE ARTIST DISCOVERED ON INSTAGRAM BY ALESSANDRO MICHELE AND CONTACTED BY GUCCI TO USE SOME OF HER ILLUSTRATIONS, SHE HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY THE CREATIVE VISION OF THE BRAND FOR A LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION OF T-SHIRT.
How do you feel in this period of your life?
Excited! And enormously grateful. To have been able to work on a collaboration of this scale at this point in my life is a dream come true. And to work with a brand like Gucci that have inspired so much of my existing work has been such an incredible experience. I feel very honoured to be part of such a wonderful family.
When and how did it start your passion for illustration?
During my last semester at university I found myself totally overwhelmed with academia and needing some sort of creative outlet from the maddening hours I was spending in the library. I have always pursued creative interests outside of education, but during this period I found myself turning to illustration in a therapeutic way. Illustrating gave me something to look forward to at the beginning and end of every day spent studying. It just so happened that this period coincided with fashion month, and having always had an interest in fashion and being engaged with popular culture (aren’t we all? Even if inadvertently, as a result of social media) I wanted to fuse fashion illustration with comedy in a comic book style that would make fashion accessible through humour and popular culture, often bizarre, references. And so it began!
Do you remember your first drawing? What did it portray?
My first drawing was during the couture shows- it was an image of Simon Doonan with a look from the Valentino couture show. The dress had a love heart on it and AMOR letter detail. I gave him a speech bubble saying “oh amor! Be my Valentino?”
How has started your collaboration with Gucci?
Alessandro and I had been following each other for a while when I received an email from Gucci saying that they were interested in optioning the usage rights to a selection of my drawings that had been inspired by the brand.
If you weren’t Angelica, who would you like to be?
My 9 year old cousin, Domino.
The first thought in the morning and the last before falling asleep.
My first thought in the morning involves my dreams. I try to remember what I can. I often have very unusual dreams. My last thought before falling asleep is generally recounting something funny that happened that day, maybe a conversation I had or something I saw.
Your fault and your quality.
My fault is that I can overthink things and I’m a slight perfectionist. I would say that my quality is humour- I have always enjoyed making people laugh. And I love surprising people, good surprises though. I just surprised my sister with a t-shirt from the collaboration. This took her very much by surprise.
If you could do another job, what would you choose?
Definitely something creative…although what exactly that would be I’m not sure.
Tell us what’s the main concept behind your creations.
Just to make people laugh! Inclusive humour- that is accessible to anyone from my 9 year old cousin to my 86 year old grandmother.
How would you define your personal and work style?
Simple. I draw with a simple graphic line and can pretty much work from anywhere…and I dress in jeans and a t-shirt. Nothing complicated, nothing fancy.
The quote of your life.
Live live live! Auntie Mame. An icon.
Three adjectives to describe your artistic work.
Colourful, creative, comical.
The playlist of your working days.
Anything from Bob Dylan to Babeheaven.
What is the Gucci universe to you?
A wonderful world that embraces creativity and wants you to wear what you dare, in a dream like unregimented manner. Fashion’s answer to fairytale.
What do you think about the communicative and expressive evolution of the Art Wall?
I love the fact that Gucci are using a space traditionally used for advertising and reclaiming it as an art wall- promoting various talents instead of pushing a product.
Which are the technical steps of your fashion fanzine (fashion illustrations) that inspired the Gucci ones?
My genuine reactions to the collections PR to particular trends! I see something and I just have a buzzer cross reference- either from popular culture or other products of culture that exist in language- idioms for example.
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