“I FEEL INSPIRED BY STRIKING EDITORIALS, BY WOMEN, BY INTERESTING FACIALS FEATURES, BY FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS AND THE WANT TO CREATE GRAPHIC, MONOCHROMATIC, VISUALLY STIMULATING IMAGERY.” DISCOVER MORE REAGIND THE INTERVIEW WITH THE YOUNG ARTIST.
Who is Rosalind?
I am a 25 year old, Indian/Scottish, self taught Illustrator and Fashion design graduate. I would say I’m incredibly emotional, honest and I believe kindness and consideration are missed strengths in the world, qualities I celebrate in myself and in others.
What are the main inspirations in your work?
I feel inspired by striking editorials, by women, by interesting facials features, by feelings and emotions and the want to create graphic, monochromatic, visually stimulating imagery. My work for me is very instinctual, as it probably is for many creatives. It subtly has underlying connotations that derive from how I’ve been feeling about life in that moment and my overall perspective on beauty.
What is your relationship with fashion?
I studied Fashion Design for 4 years at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, and whilst studying here I managed to get a glimpse at Fashion Illustration with my final year lecturer and freelance fashion illustrator, Lucy Macleod. When I left, I was on the hunt for a design job, and as I was applying I had developed my digital drawing but the demand for hand sketching was high and I wanted to create something distinctive. Something that felt like me! Out of experimentation and trying to discover where my life path was going, illustrating developed until it was a part of my skill set. It began to naturally evolve into work I was insanely proud of. I honestly feel so grateful to whoever appreciates it, as it’s a style I personally worked on myself with no guidance but my own head and heart.
What is for you the concept of beauty?
I don’t believe in stereotypes, and I feel every single human is blessed with individuality that should be embraced. Diversity is beautiful! Perhaps it derives from my own heritage of being mixed race and until I hit 20, I felt I had to hit checklist to be deemed as attractive. I think what makes someone beautiful is not just aesthetics but their demeanour and presence.
In your work tears are apparent, tell us why and what does it mean to you?
The tears element appeared from my personal feeling about crying. I don’t think this is a weakness. There are obviously moments it isn’t appropriate but there is in no way anything weak about it. Vulnerability and ability to express your emotions to me are a strength of character and I really believe in not holding back. Anytime I have, it has resulted in disappointment, so if you feel something, express it. I wanted the tears to represent the hidden strength in each face I draw.
Why in your illustrations do you prefer to use the black and not the color?
I love the idea of contrast. The extremity of light and dark. Also I have a slight fear of colour something, I hope to introduce as I develop, but my own personal style doesn’t even feature a lot of colour. I like creating texture with the different thicknesses of line and having areas of intricacy to balance out the work I create. Little moments all over the page you can try to decipher.
What is the woman who has inspired you in your life?
The woman that inspires me is the woman I strive to be, who has been influenced by an array of experiences in her own life and from being there for others. Someone that has been tested and risen from challenges, someone who has time and respect for people who are genuine, someone that has their own path and doesn’t let other people’s judgement throw them off. Someone who is humble and someone who is open to constantly evolving.
What kind of woman do you want to represent with your art?
An empowering woman who is aware of feminine sensitivity and uses it as a platform to be honest to who she is.
What is art and creating an image for you?
Art to me manifested, developed thought that resonates with your soul on an unspoken level. Creating an image is cathartic. It’s satisfying, it’s testing, and it’s meaningful. To me I don’t even know if I have the credibility yet to consider myself as an artist but I feel I class my work as illustrative but also that I’m a creator rather than an artist. And still a novice at that because I’m constantly striving to the next level. I have always loved the fusion of art and fashion. My designs at university were always more conceptual than RTW. I adore having a story behind my work which maybe isn’t apparent to the viewer obviously but helps you develop elements to a place that never would’ve been possible without that meaning and research.
What do you hope to cause on the spectator of your artworks?
I hope to create illustrative work thats thoughtful, distinctive and has dimension. I hope people connect with the pieces in some way and perhaps are even a form of emotional escapism.
Photos courtesy of the artist