Evie Chaplin

Today is Thursday the 19th of April, the hottest day of the year so far (its damn hot) and me and Evie have met up to talk about her work, brand and prospects for the future…

Q- What is your name, age and where are you based?

A- My name is Evie Chaplin, I’m 16 and I’m based in a little village in the middle of nowhere in Norfolk. Its tiny and Rubbish.

Q- Tell us what your creative practice/ art work is about?

A- I do a lot of visual arts ranging from photographic to print making and fashion, a lot of it is to do with the contemporary world and its effects on society and different groups of people. I focus a lot on the skating community  and contemporary fashion and how these groups can feel really closed and regressive when your in a conservative place like Norfolk. Lots of my work comes from myself feeling creatively restrained because I live here, I also like creating aggressive and slightly vulgar clothing, mostly to get reactions from people.

Q-What are the main themes/ subjects you explore in your work?

A- I do lots of self exploration work, I often feel like a big fish in a small pond– and I think a lot of people feel like that who are from small communities-like you’re trapped inside yourself and need to grow. Im also starting my own brand which I want to explore a lot more- Ive named it ‘Dead Heading’ which is the process of cutting dead parts off flowers so they can grow again, so its to do with cutting of the toxic parts of your own life so you can grow again- because everyone has certain people or feeling that hold them down and I think it would help society if everyone was a “Dead header” so that we can all grow and be ourself freely.

Q-Who are your inspirations?

A- The Bratz Dolls! (BRATZ DOLLS)  I think their fashion is great, I think what they stand for is brilliant! They came in at a time when Barbie was massive and she was an empowering image for feminism showing how women could do anything they wanted to, but Bratz came along and were so ahead of their time! They had a ‘fuck everyone, we can do what we want to‘ message about them and even the word Brat has negative connotations but they reclaimed it to be something so cool and empowering. Women can do what they want, and they can also do nothing which is fine too.

I also love an Artist call GIRLI, (  GIRLI , Feel OK MV) she dresses in all pink to represent female stereotypes but she’s so aggressive and has a great ‘fuck you’ attitude. Her music talks about the issues of being a women in the music industry and she’s a big role model for me and and other young girls. I like both male and female artists, I used to only listen to boys but have recently found lots of female artists I like and I think that reflective of a new age of women in music.

Q- What is individualism to you?

A- Its a very big part of my life, I love who I am and I think its brilliant to stand out but its also okay if you don’t want to stand out. People should do whatever makes them happy. You do you, and ill support that.

Q- Where can you see yourself in  5 years time?

A- Five years, so ill be 21… Hopefully in London, I think thats where I need to be if I want to pursue things and have more opportunities, hopefully my brand will kick off and ill be able to explore lots of things. Its a great umbrella for me to be able to explore anything, fashion, magazines, photography its a header for all of that. Ive been thinking about what I want to do for so long and couldn’t find anything so thought id start something self.

To see more of Evie’s work check out her Instagram accounts and Website:

@dead.headd  @deadheadinguk http://www.echapbusiness.wixsite.com/deadheading

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Self Portrait by Evie Chaplin
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Final Piece: Chance

Daisy Herculson

We meet Daisy today in an open art room in her local College. Plaster cast underwear can be seen amongst overflowing sketchbooks and pale pink and white canvases of the Female Form. This is “Tidy” she explains, shoving aside vintage underwear clearing a space so we can sit and talk about her work, the interview goes as follows…

Q-What is your name, age and where are you based?

A-I am 18 years old, 19 in April and my name is Daisy Herculson. I live in a small village called Ingoldsthrope, in Norfolk.

Q-Tell us what this work is about which you are sharing with us today!

A-For one of my Alevel Art projects I wanted to complete something which was very meaningful, that I could completely engross myself in- I’ve looked at the Female Form and researched deeply into Feminism and the female/ male gaze and how this has effected the art world as women are often not given the same opportunities as male artists. Just experimenting with different mediums and trying to figure out what I thought was the “Female Form” and how to portray it.

Q-What are the main themes and subjects you explore within your work, not just this project?

A-I create art quite spontaneously, I rarely have a plan and most often just take inspiration from artist and mimic their practices. For example in this project I’ve looked at Tracy Emin (Tracey Emin)a lot and mimicked the way she’s used sponges in her work, I collect artists that I love and think are amazing, which helps me move forward in my practice.

Q-Are you more inspired by English Artists?

A-I like the ‘Grittiness’ of English artwork, especially stuff from the 90s when young artists and collective would create work to prove themselves and often go against the grain. I think it’s really interesting how English artists portrayed themselves, I want to be seen like that.

Q-Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?

A-Ummmm, hopefully, finished an Arts degree, living somewhere like Brighton where there is a young arts scene, definitely a City. However, I think if I lived in a city I might have a creative block/ breakdown as id want to do so much at the same time. I quite like the idea of teaching but maybe in 10 years time.

Q-If you could give a message to the world what would it be?

A-I think ‘If you enjoy it, you should do it!’. I’ve always been told that art isn’t a proper career and won’t be able to be successful but it makes me happy and I want to follow that path, don’t listen to anyone else just do what you want. Art is individual and subjective just do it!

 

Daisy portraitDaisy sketch book

Want to see more of Daisy’s work, follow her at @_daisynell_ on Instagram.