When did you realise you wanted to go into a creative career?
Always. I’ve always wanted to do something creative, even though my ideas of what that meant were always changing. At five I was an artist, at 10 a fashion designer, at 12 I used to trawl through interior design magazines. When I studied textile design, I thought I wanted to make fabric or installations. Then I just wanted to draw, I wanted to illustrate and then when I was too frustrated by briefs I went back to wanting to be an independent artist again.
Your studio is in Soho, in central London – what’s it like working in one of the most vibrant parts of the city?
I love being in the thick of it. I think I’m odd, I find quiet in the hustle. I am not sure I’ll be able to keep it up forever, but I think I will always come back to the city. I like the extremes of super busy and super quiet, I find it stimulating. Everything is black or white to me and the grey space causes laziness. There is something about watching the world spin fast which keeps me thinking, moving and always hungry.
What does an average day entail?
I’d like to say my day was exciting – a walk, a coffee, probably the gym. Movement is really important to me, in order to then be able to sit and focus. Working in Soho, I love to take a short break from break by having a little wander through the narrow streets. It is so alive as a place.
And your downtime – what do you like to do?
I spend my downtime at home, or walking in Hampstead, or going to the cinema – I love watching films. Downtime is about escape for me, I want to switch off entirely, but I need a really good distraction to be able to do so.