Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Behind the Label...

Designer and Blogger - Lucy from Lucy Loves Ya


How would you describe your style?
Casual and maybe a bit quirky. I don't like following a particular fashion and have my own style. Everyone eventually finds their own. I like wearing Vivienne Westwood jackets with jeans or a vintage dress with some American Apparel leggings. Interior wise - I like white with colour and
love Scandinavian designs and also a bit kitsch.

Out of all the clothing or project items that you have made, which was your favourite piece?
It has to be my wedding dress. It was a real labour of love and I feel very proud of it. It is made of lace with satin underneath and inspired by the 50s era. It was quite a challenge as I made it with only a few months to go before the wedding but had some help from my dressmaker friend. Maybe one day, one of my daughters will wear it for their wedding?

Do you collect anything?
I do. I collect fabric and have a cupboard full of different patterns and colours. It's my stash and also is also a bit like a museum piece! I also collect Converse hi tops - I love everything about them..the designs each season, the style and the fact that you can wear them pretty much with everything. Oh, I also collect pretty cards..have I got a problem? :)

How do you unwind?
Going for a run is always a good way to unwind. It helps me think about things and put things in to perspective. I would have said a glass of wine but gave up drinking over a year ago so the running is definitely the way now. I also like looking at interior magazines, that helps and its also very inspiring.

Your blog is full of colour, which particular hue stands out the most for you?
Probably pink. It is probably because I have two daughters and at some stage or other they have been through a pink stage, so we know most shades. It's a very warm and gentle colour, I think - and works well with grey too ;) 

Which music or artist are you currently listening to? 
We are a very musical family. My husband works in music and I love all sorts - but I do love listening to Biffy Clyro at the moment who I became a big fan of while my husband was working with them. Eagerly awaiting their new album next year. They're such a talented band..and from Scotland like yourself. Mon The Biff!

What items in your home couldn't you live without? 
Firstly the computer because it's essential. How did we ever cope without them? But probably also our beds. They are so comfy and there's nothing like your own bed is there? 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Behind the Label...

Artist - Victor-Raul Garcia

What can’t you live without?
My partner, our country home in upstate NY and coffee

What is your favorite colour?
 Black. Until they make a darker colour. 

How would you describe your style?
 A combination of opposing forces- the buildup of texture and the movement of color creates a complexity of power and freedom. 

What are you currently reading?
 “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. His historic novels reemphasize the fact that nothing is black and white. 

Besides your art you are interested in photography, do you view this in the same way?
 I do actually. In both mediums, I’m looking to capture depth, mood, a freeze-frame of movement in time, and a subliminal message. 

What’s your next project that you have in the pipeline?
I have 2 group shows coming up:  one in Miami and one in Monaco.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  Branching out into textiles, collage and large scale photography, continuing my evolution as a person/artist and still waking up with the person I love.


Monday, 17 August 2015

Delhi, India., Xavier Phelp. This original fine art archival print is one of a series, Unknown Photographer, Two Multi-Exposure Photographs of the planet Jupiter, (1912)

Friday, 31 July 2015

Behind the Label...

David Cass - Artist

Q: What can't you live without?
It's a given that I can't live without family, friends. But, if we're talking about a possession - I wish this wasn't the case - but, it's my laptop. You wouldn't believe how much of a fine-artist's work needs to be done online. Almost half my week is spent looking for funding, for exhibition opportunities, website work...

Q: What's your favourite Colour?

Q: How would you best describe your style?
My artistic (painting) style? Minimal, raw, stripped back

Q: What are you currently reading?
Gabriel García Márquez: Of Love and Other Demons

Q: Who or What inspires your work? 
Everything. I have no filter, I'm always thinking about work.

Q: Do you have a signature food dish?
To make? Hmm... Saffron fish stew. When eating out: Calamari & aïoli

Q: The Postcard Project, how did that come about?
An artist has to make money... I've recently been experimenting with New-Media work - pieces which aren't necessarily for sale - and so I started up The Postcard Project to keep me going, to contribute to the cost of travel. But it's gradually become more than that - it's become a kind of travel-log, a diary - except I don't keep these postcards, they go out into the world. I love painting these small pieces - a postcard is the perfect size to work with, particularly when travelling.

Q: Besides your art you are interested in photography, do you view this in the same way?
My New-Media works (both film and photography) are definitely tied conceptually to my hands-on practice, though aesthetically they differ. My painted artworks for example, are very 'analogue', low-fi, basic, unedited. My recent photographic works are purely digital and aim to be almost 'perfect' technically. My photographic works document my travels and my working processes, they're almost always auto-biographical. My painted works aim to describe a bigger picture, touching upon subjects outwith my personal day-to-day.

Q: What are you currently listening to?
Sun Kil Moon, Lord Huron, The National, Laura Marling