"I HAD A LOT OF STRANGE AMBITIONS AS A CHILD. I ALWAYS HAD THESE DREAMS OF BEING AN ACTOR IN THEATRE." DISCOVER OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST OF GLITTER.
Tell us about an important episode of your life.
I was always scared to show my work when I was at school because it was always seen as weird and random but it wasn’t until I went to study my foundation year that I realised that people really just don’t care. My year studying was full of people who just embraced everyone for their own identities and it was the first time I actually felt accepted as a person and as a creative. It was that year that I embraced myself, stopped caring about others. I made true friends that I love and created work without feeling like I had to limit myself so I would say that was the most important episode of my life (so far).
What did you dream of doing when you were a child?
I had a lot of strange ambitions as a child. I always had these dreams of being an actor in theatre. Not because I thought I could act or sing but because I always loved the ideas of escaping into a character and living different lives. This is still a big influence to me in my other work through self-portraiture and some of my glitter work. I was also a fan of watching runway shows as a child. My first was recommended to me on YouTube and I just fell into the loop of watching one after the other. From looking at fashion as a child and also looking into their influences I found more artists and designers which inspired me to pursue the art industry even more. I guess it was all that which lead me to what I’m doing now.
You are very young: is this influencing your work?
Not at all. I always like to think that what we create is based off how we feel and feelings have no age. I like to make my work fun and exciting but sometime I love a deranged and offensive play on my work. When it comes down to my influences on work it really has no age either. I could be influenced by a childhood story for one piece and then a 70s porno for the next. I have no care for the age of my audience or what I should be creating at my age.
How did your passion for glitter start and why did you choose this element?
Well I started off just having fun with collage when I was at school but as I started taking it onto Instagram I played more with digital collage and I then just stumbled into the world of glitter which lead me to making my ‘world’ of tacky glamour galore. I mean, who doesn’t love a bit of tacky glamour galore!?
Who would you like to collaborate with?
When it comes to collaboration with my glitter work or without, I don’t really have anyone in mind. I understand that my style isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so I guess I’d just like to collaborate with anyone who also likes what I do and wants to have fun, vice versa.
How do you choose the characters to edit?
When it comes to picking characters for my work, I literally just pick images that I like. There isn’t really anything else to it. As long as I can embrace the characters in the image and bring them into my world then that’s all I aim to do. It’s never about ‘improving’ the image it’s just about having fun with it and sharing the people/creatives I love.
Has anyone ever complained about it?
Yeah, but I don’t waste my time on them.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
I always get asked this question and to be honest, I never really look that much into the future anymore. I just hope to be still creating work (with or without glitter) and having fun. Although, I have always been a fan of print so maybe something along those lines.