You live and work in Peckham, south London – what’s the vibe like?
It feels to me like east London did when I moved there 12 years ago. It still has its own rhythm and character and I love that. London’s energy inspires me daily, mainly because most people – whether born and bread here or immigrated – are working to make something of themselves. I really admire that in people. Peckham also has a really great art scene, with lots of new artists’ studios popping up all the time.
Elsewhere, do you have any favourite hangout spots?
I love hanging out in more leafy areas! It’s nice to check out spots like the Hampstead Heath ponds, or any of the big parks – we have great parks in London. I feel really free in these open spaces, which makes me relax, and to create fun work it’s better to be in a relaxed state.
What would a typical day be like for you?
Each project varies, so I don’t have the luxury of a ‘typical day’. However, I do make sure that I have some sort of routine, with a workout most mornings. I grew up doing gymnastics and dancing, and have always believed in the importance of exercise, especially with the pressures of city life, which can be incredibly overwhelming – it’s vital to stay mentally and physically healthy. I came to London by myself aged 18, and have worked since to pay rent and bills, which has been relentless. It’s tough to come here with no family or friends at that age, it can take years to find your feet. Now I’m starting to get the right work-life balance; working freelance helps find ways around that.
Whereabouts is your studio?
Just down the road from my apartment, which is really handy. I’ll walk there in the mornings after getting my morning coffee. I’m generally there about 4-5 days a week. I love it, I get to share with a good friend who is also an artist and director. She runs a really cool place called Blue Shop Cottage. We’ve got loads of plants and colourful things in our studio. I call my space the ‘Tree House’ – I have to climb a ladder to get to it, and feel like a kid every time I climb up!