How has this project and its process felt compared to Bruta?
Bruta is more like the paintings I used to create – things that I’m interested in: art, history, culture, lots of different references. But I wanted to take this somewhere else, to push myself, get out of my comfort zone. Bruta shirts are a pragmatic process in some respects, you have to take into consideration production and feasibility, whereas art can be whatever comes out.
Do you find that the world’s of fashion and art are really separate?
The works are so different so they do feel really separate, I guess really I’m the only thing linking them together haha.
What drew you then originally to the fashion industry whilst you were painting?
To be honest, I think it was because I wasn’t happy with my paintings, and I needed something to do haha. So that’s how it started. I didn’t have any snobbery towards either world, I don’t think that fashion’s not an art as some artists do, or that you have to have a high concept for both, I just like the two and managed to find something I liked in design. I could create a shirt that I had always envisioned, I’ve always collected shirts with interesting embroidery so I thought, now I can create my own.