Volt is collaborating with many young talents. Angela has made beautiful illustrations for VoltCafe. To know more about her we carried out an interview.
Let us introduce: Illustrator Angela Tye


Volt Café: Where do you get your inspiration?
Angela Tye: The Internet is such an incredible resource and I can’t deny the vast amount of inspiration you can find from surfing the web. However, I think sometimes we forget the way we used to discover things and what we could find before the web. That’s why although it’s great for discovering really interesting things, I also love to be inspired by going to exhibitions, reading (especially about neurological conditions), observing people and the beautiful things that nature presents to us.

VC: How would you describe your work?
AT: I think although my style has a great deal of diversity, there is always an element of fragility to it. I like to use a very minimal, clean aesthetic, working with a subdued, often monochromatic, colour palette.

VC: What would you like to tell the world with your work?
AT: I wouldn’t say my work has any kind of radical or controversial message, but as long as it provokes a reaction of being more than just a beautiful image to look at and admire for five seconds then I have already achieved what I set out to do.

VC: What are your biggest achievements so far?
AT: Probably graduating with a First from university, after so many sleepless nights…

VC: In your work is fashion illustration an art form or purely a means to document?
AT: I think both. Life drawing is a passion of mine so I love being able to just capture that moment, but I also enjoy spending longer on more refined pieces with interesting concepts.


VC: What do you think is the future for fashion illustrators?
AT: In terms of traditional fashion illustration, I think there will be a decreasing demand as we see more things go digital. However, with the digital takeover this will also mean these types of illustrations become more unique and perhaps more desirable for some clients. In addition to that point I think there will always be an appreciation for traditional illustration so I don’t think it will ever truly become extinct. However, fashion illustration is such a small, niche market, I think these illustrators will find they are having to transfer their skills to different areas of the creative sector.

VC: Are there or should there be any boundaries to break in fashion illustration?
AT: Most definitely. This is a question I explored personally in the final major project for my degree. Fashion illustration is stereotyped so often as being very simple, face value and traditional. I think it can and does offer so much more than being just a beautiful illustration on paper to admire. Our society today is so visual and media saturated that our other senses are often forgotten about. This is the idea I tried to challenge, by engaging senses other than the visual to involve viewers and invite them to become participants rather than passive bystanders. Challenging how we use our senses in a contemporary fashion world is also an important boundary that needs to be broken, as we often forget that fashion itself is multi sensorial. So, too, should the way it is illustrated be, taking it out of the confines of purely visually dominated communication. Recently we’ve seen SHOWStudio attempt to extend these boundaries by exploring interactive, animated illustrations and GIFs but this still has a digital restriction. I took fashion illustration to another dimension by making it interactive, but without the use of a digital medium, instead using simple paper electronics – resulting in a piece that engaged our visual, sound and touch.


VC: Is it a concern when you’re drawing that there has to be in a specific look?
AT: Sometimes I have a specific idea of what I like the outcome to be, but I find that it’s the creative process, which is the most enjoyable part. If things don’t turn out the way I intended I don’t see them as a negative, rather just the way it was meant to be. For example ‘happy accidents’ are often a frequent part of my creative process and the development of my work.

VC: What is your goal as a professional?
AT: I’ve always had an interest in so many different things, but as long as I’m doing something creative then I’m happy. However, I’m really interested in graphic design for fashion as well as exploring interactive, multi sensorial, experiential marketing, design and digital production. Ultimately, I want to be working for a company whose ethos and creative direction I can really relate to.

VC: Who would you like to have a creative pow-wow with for half an hour?
AT: I think M/M Paris because their work and ideology is so inspiring to me. I like the breadth of projects they’ve worked on. They’ve worked with some incredible creatives themselves so I’m sure would have lots of stories to tell. I like exploring areas that I have little knowledge of and that is something they’re not afraid to do as well.

VC: Are there any fashion houses particularly that inspire you?
AT: Jil Sander, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela

VC: What do you think of London’s fashion scene? Are you inspired by the people on the street?
AT: London is great for its diversity of fashion. I find men’s fashion the most inspiring, I have a strong appreciation for good tailoring and keen attention to detail.


Interview by Regina Sepp


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