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Last saturday, we welcomed Adriana into our Bicester boutique on a rainy autumnal day. With two seats ready and a table for her watercolours and array of pencils, Adriana had everything she needed to treat our visitors to their very own illustration. Once her day was done, we got the chance to have a sit down with the fashion-meets-art illustrator to get to know her a little...
Tell us a little about yourself...
I’m a cosmopolitan, an artist, a flaneur - always curious and focused on living with purpose and alignment to my heart.
How did you get into illustrating?
It’s cliche, but I’ve been drawing since the age of 3, I was born to a non-artistic, but very supportive family. Once I started to develop interest in fashion while living as an exchange student in USA, the direction of my artistic work also started to shift. I found out there’s a niche called fashion illustration and I felt that was it - a natural click. I studied fine arts and graphic design at academy of fine arts in Warsaw, which gave me excellent skillset, but it was studying fashion illustration at London College of Fashion that I see as turning point to pursue my career in this direction.
What made you go freelance?
After graduating I worked at Lulu Guinness as a head graphic designer, which was a very valuable experience. It was a bold step for me to go freelance, but I couldn’t allow myself being torn apart between working for a brand as it was colliding with my increasing illustration commissions. I do work with many brands as art director and I love teamwork, but I also love the autonomy of being my own boss.
What is a typical day for you?
I have a hard time following a routine, but thankfully my lifestyle is pretty varied. I have days when I go to work onsite with my clients, mixed with working from home or in a cafe. I throw into this ventures to the events, friends outings and excersise and that’s how I maintain my balance.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Travel is my drug, this is when my senses get high and my creativity soars. New York, Paris, Italy I am obsessed with - I need cosmopolitan diversity to keep my imagination stimulated. I feel blessed I can live in London. I’m inspired by the world of luxury, the people I meet and observe, trips to art galleries, cultural events and fashion weeks - which are key points of the big cities agenda and I think this is why I love to get lost in them. The night, moon and the stars are also my creative partners in crime.
What advice would you give anyone wanting to get into illustrating?
It is a journey without a destination, therefore you need to truly be passionate it in order to pursue it. Patience, practice and self-belief are crucial components - I’ve met through years so many talented people, who gave up on the way. Don’t compare yourself to anyone, art is a form of self exploration - why would you do it if not to express your soul? The rest will follow.
Don't miss Adriana on 15th December at our Bicester boutique between 1-4pm.