“London is such a fantastic place to practice and we are very spoilt with all of the things that are going on, but actually, I wonder even if that cultural life will start to de-centralise as you get concentrations of people in other parts of the country”
– Lydia Thornley
Lydia is an East-London based artist of many trades – she is a Graphic Designer, Creative Director and Live Illustrator.
Her background is broad and she has gained a wealth of knowledge throughout all avenues of graphic design, whilst also continually looking for the next project she can add value to, or the next artistic skill she can build upon.
“When I do get that time to create, I sort of savour those moments to just have some peace, like a calm in the chaos.”
– Kei Maye
Kei is a North-London based Digital Illustrator who also works part-time as a teacher.
Her pieces are a depiction of her thoughts, observations and sources of inspiration and irritation.
“15 years ago, it was completely different; employers were so good with creativity and now its commercialised.”
– Ian Barrington
Ian is a London-based contemporary artist who practises within sculpturing and art illustration works.
He has been doing it for a long time and feels he particularly likes to investigate materials and the processes of making artworks. Whilst he is a Sculptor and Art Illustrator, he is also a Writer.
His multi-disciplinary work is particularly concerned with paradigms of identity and he investigates this through multiple art forms.
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“In a way, I believe that the city impacts my lifestyle, which in turn impacts my art.”
– Beth Fraser
Beth is a fashion illustrator and freelance artist – her work combines a variety of techniques and styles to create bold multimedia pieces.
After graduating from the London College of Fashion with a degree in Fashion Illustration in 2015, she has stayed in London and grown her clientele; working with a range of professionals within the space and exploring various artistic forms through print all the way to bespoke homewares.
Her signature collage style has made her easily identifiable within the fashion space, and she has created a strong portfolio of her work which showcases her individuality. It is this unique eye for detail which has led to her most recent collaboration with sock brand Tailored Union.
“I know a lot of people that are now moving into collaborative spaces in order to get more space, but that means a lot of people in a very small studio, it makes it difficult to produce.”
– Rayvenn D’Clark
Working primarily in sculpture, digital sculpting, 3D printing, based in South London.
She found her way to sculpting though photography, keeping her practice very digital based. Having recently finished her Masters at Chelsea College of Art where she studied for the past 5 years, she is now navigating the path of finding studio space, and where she will create her artwork moving forwards.
“I find myself coming back to London because I always say I was born artistically in London, so I will always feel the need to return back.”
– Alina Zamanova
Artist and fashion illustrator since 2012, after studying Fashion Illustration in London.
In 2015 Alina moved back to Kyiv, Ukraine and is currently travelling around different European cities to create her art, with her base remaining in Kyiv.
“This is the situation, it happened to Hackney – the artists came in and then the prices went soaring.”
Lucy Bull is an exhibition curator and Company Director of Jeff Moore Photography, based in East London.
After being in the photography world for over 20 years, Lucy worked as a freelance picture researcher at The Times Newspaper. Since 2015 Lucy has worked closely with Jeff Moore Photography on projects such as the most recent Warburtons Ad, Gary Lineker Walkers ad and the Royal Ballet, amongst many others.
“We’re not, as a group, I wouldn’t say that we’re high maintenance, we just want nice light and a good box of space” – Poppy Waddilove
Poppy is a London based painter and fashion illustrator, who after studying Illustration at London College of Fashion has found herself with clients such as VOGUE, Selfridge, The Edit and New a Porter amongst many others.
While Poppy has exhibited solo shows in Proud Gallery, she has also played a role in group exhibitions at Oxo Gallery. Her most recent shows include ‘Kate Moss’ Iconic Looks’ and ‘Fashion Flora’ for SHOWstudio.
“It’s about having the versatility and freedom to be able to, to think in a different way, to not feel pressured about it and to be kind of, objective about your practice at the same time” – Jack Edmonds.
Jack Edmonds is a Painter and Filmmaker from London, after studying Art and Moving Image in Brighton he now engages in multi-disciplinary work. Since 2009 he has exhibited in various group shows and film festivals such as Islington Art Fair, B.A.R Gallery, and The Vibe Gallery and is currently exhibiting his first solo show at 508 Kings Road Gallery, Chelsea named ‘The Alchemist Series’ chronicling work from the past four years.
I think it would be about finding artists who are truly passionate about having a studio space, and it’s much needed and they cannot create without it. I think if you had a good group of people, they could act as spokespeople for the rest. – Gabriel Choto
What is your definition of a studio space?
Definition of a studio, I define studio as a place for creativity. I would call it, in a way, an escape. It’s like an artist’s factory before they make things before it gets distributed, that’s how I view a studio space.
I think it depends on what you do, you could be sculptor, painter, designer, it definitely is personal, it’s like your own little bubble really.