Volt launched their first app transforming the editorials of the issue 14 into artwork.
‘Volt Introduces’ ten young artists who were commissioned to interpret ten editorials from Volt 14 into a vision of their own, using illustration, film, animation and photography, with illustration as the focal point.
Download Volt app HERE
To get to know the young talents more, we had a short interview with them.

Let us introduce: Illustrator Fiona Gourlay


Volt Café: Where do you get your inspiration?
Fiona Gourlay: I wouldn’t say a specific artist or illustrator inspires me but rather by stories and feelings. I love watching a show and creating characters in my head. When I was growing up I would just sit and draw people and scenes all day long.
I also really love to play with line and texture, if something is loud and exciting or dark and moody I want to be able to see that in the finished product.

VC: How would you describe your work?
FG: It’s playful, impulsive and sometimes a wee bit dark.

VC: What are your biggest achievements so far?
FG: It’s hard to say. I feel like every bit of work that comes my way is an achievement, a year ago I wasn’t sure I had the confidence to let people see my work, however, in terms of my ‘biggest’, It would be the commission for SHOWstudio, it was out of the blue and something I’d day dreamed about doing, so for it to actually happen was crazy!

VC: In your work, is fashion illustration an art form or purely as means to document?
FG: For me I’d say it’s an art form, that’s how I’ve always seen it… it doesn’t have to be an exact representation of what you see, it’s your own interpretation of what you feel is being communicated.


VC: What do you think is the future for fashion illustrators?
FG: I think we’re seeing a big comeback with fashion illustration; it’s sparked people’s interest again. For the future I think we’re going to see a lot of moving image, fashion illustration brought to life… the Internet is a great facilitator for fashion illustration.

VC: Are there or should there be any boundaries to break in fashion illustration?
FG: I think there are, but I think it’s like any other art form; people are and will continue to break boundaries. I notice a lot of fashion illustrators breaking away from the more traditional pretty, glamorous elongated figures. I like that, it makes it more interesting.

VC: Is it a concern when you’re drawing that there has to be in a specific look?
FG: I don’t think we’re really encouraged to develop a specific style, I think we’re more encouraged to draw in a way that is natural for us, however, in terms of specific appearance I suppose the elongated limbs, long necks and skinny girls is an aesthetic which is always encouraged.

VC: What is your goal as a professional?
FG: My goal would be to be a successful illustrator, but there are lots of things I like to do with it aside from just drawing pictures. I think as a fashion illustrator, to be successful you have to be able to foresee what the trends within illustrating are going to be, moving image for example. You have to keep on your toes and not get too comfortable.

VC: Are there any fashion houses particularly that inspire you?
FG: I love illustrating Prada’s shows, I think it’s because of the way they manage to create such a powerful sense of story, background and mood in their shows; it gives you so much to be inspired by. I also love illustrating Pam Hogg and Vivienne Westwood.

VC: What do you think of London’s fashion scene? Are you inspired by the people on the street?
FG: It’s diverse, I feel like there is no right or wrong, I love seeing the street style during fashion week because there are just characters everywhere, people that look like they’ve been plucked from an illustration.

VC: With just a sound describe London, Milan, Parisian, New York, Stockholm, Berlin, Guadalupe and Tokyo fashion?
FG: Yikes!


Interview by Regina Sepp


Fiona Gourlay, Regina Sepp,