Here are the ideas behind the Faction Women's winter 2015/16 collection. Craig Douglas made a be-witching film about the process which is on my front page (Process Vol 1). Im so lucky to be surrounded by talented friends who excel the project into something beyond my imagination.
I gather my tools for creativity. My sketch books and my thoughts. I need to have a certain amount of structure or my mind’s too chaotic. I try to get outside everyday. The mountains are the best for this, or some other infinite vista….an ocean, or a vast plain. The seemingly never-ending feels powerful yet charismatic, and observing something thats slightly overwhelming keeps me from falling into comfortable ruts.
The paintings take on a life of their own. I try to create a map in which I can navigate their manifestation in the hope this might give me a smoother ride, but eventually I hit stumbling blocks or a multiple lane highway of things that need attention. The finished piece is the result of a personal journey, and like any undertaking into the unknown you discover more about yourself along the way.
Laying down the first marks and colours the paintings start to show their first signs of life and their character develops. Into what? Im not sure. Even with all the preparation Ive done they’ll still form their own personality and I’ll have to respect it, work with it, and hope it’s willing to communicate!
Sometimes the simplest things work. On the way to making something complicated, something simple stands out, so obvious and striking that it paralyses you from making another mark. For many things this is where you should stop and accept that less is more. That the painting is communicating clearly, and to do more would be to add white noise.
Flow, not Perfection
I have to remind myself to step away from concerns about trying to impress myself or others with what Im creating. It’s difficult to continually expose yourself and not be caught up in aesthetics. The best art (like the best people) is when it becomes unravelled. When you strip away the contrived surface that’s trying to be perfect. You get to see more quirky characteristics that express a story and a uniqueness that expands your thoughts.
Let your freak flag fly
Each painting has evolved from ideas that started out as one thing and became something new. They are an eclectic mix just like the girls who ride the skis. All Five pieces were an experiment of allowing technique to flow and playing around with structure. I think this is a notion that any girl who has trained at her skiing can relate to. Sometimes you need to push against the environment that’s shaping you. To remind yourself that there are other ways to do things. Focus on your uniqueness and your passions.
"Practice gives us freedom
And from freedom there is expression"