Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Georgie Sladen, The Brit Perfecting The Runaway Bride-ish Style

Photographed By Jess Withey

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I'm currently in London, I moved here last June after graduating uni up at Leeds College of Art.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born and raised near Basingstoke.

WHAT WERE YOUR APSIRATIONS GROWING UP?
When I was younger I always wanted to be a spy, which then grew into wanting to be a writer, followed by an artist. I always had a pretty vivid imagination.

WHAT HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL MOMENT?
When I was messing around with colours in art in my first year of secondary school not really caring, and the teacher said I had a gift for my colour combinations. He persuaded me to pursue art and take it a bit more seriously. I had never thought I had much artistic talent before then.

WHY MODEL?
I was scouted a few times when I was younger, and thought I should at least go for it when I was 18 as it's all a life experience. But, being at university up in Leeds and not really that inspired to be a model, I didn't really do it until I left. Then I realised I could use the modelling as an income and be an artist on the side, leaving me the freedom to continue making the art I wanted.

AND YOU'RE AN ARTIST, WHAT'S YOUR DISCIPLINE?
I wouldnt say I'm defined by a discipline, I think that was one of the benefits of university is that they pushed you to try different mediums and styles so I've come out with a range. But mainly drawing, painting, collage and digital.

WHAT'S YOUR TRAINING?
Fine Art Degree at Leeds College of Art. Although, they weren't very keen on my art and gave me a 2:2. Apparently my work wasn't deeply conceptual enough.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION AND WHAT'S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
I find inspiration all around. I love going on long walks with my camera and just snapping away. And sometimes I find inspiration through that. Or sometimes from going around exhibitions. My creative process varies completely. One thing I'm useless at is doing experimental studies. We were always taught to try and do studies before a piece, I would always get carried away, and the study would just turn into the final piece. Thats because most of my ideas just flow as I work, its just the way I start seeing it come together and linking.

WHAT OR WHO HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
My old art teacher at school Mr. Irvine as he really believed in me. He was so supportive of every student and so encouraging. He would make you see everything through your own interpretation and gave you the confidence to just go for it. I probably wouldn't be doing art now if it wasn't for him.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Comfort is key! Glorified tracksuits all the way. That's the basis of my style. Then, it's seriously mixed from there. I wouldn't say I'm particularly style specific, just whatever I think goes well together and am drawn to.

HOW DOES YOU AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER PARTS OF YOUR LIFE?
I love art as well that plays with the idea of tricking the eye. M.C. Escher I love, and Picasso's cubist style work to Wyndham Lewis's structural portrait paintings. I also love the impressionists. Music is the hardest question because I'm pretty open to all genres it just all depends on what mood I'm feeling. Whether it's listening to some old school R6B whilst walking down the street or to Ludivico Enaudi on a Sunday afternoon. It changes all the time. I love walking, I literally walk everywhere. You see so much more and discover so many new places it's always inspiring. Not only that, but it also justifies as my workout for the day.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
I don't really have one, just a bit of face exfoliator and moisturiser. I have just started taking matcha capsules as it's really good for skin. To be honest since stopping smoking, exercising more and a healthy diet, that's all the beauty routine you need. And then also less drinking, if were going to top off the boring list.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
Go hang out with my friends. They are a big part of my life and I wouldn't be anywhere without them, as well as my family.

HOW DO YOU RETURN TO CENTER?
Going out with my friends and letting off steam and just not thinking about life for a bit. Also getting out of London to the countryside is great for leaving reality behind for a bit.

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