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Andy Hillman Studio

Posted on Sep 11 2012

Would describe to us how hard -or not- things were when you opened the studio?
When I first started it was just me at the kitchen table in a very small one bedroom basement flat that I was sharing with my girlfriend. There was stuff everywhere, drawings, computer, tools and bits of cardboard, set models, decorative cutouts, 2 cats and then everything else you have in your life. It was a mess. I have never liked 'working' at home because your day has a very weird way of blending together and you never have any separation. For example you get up and have a coffee and before you know it your still in your dressing gown at 2pm answering emails and phone calls. I ended up feeling like The Dude in The Big Lebowski. That was what drove me to rent a space and setup the 'Studio'. It made it official for me and also I hope acknowledges that it's more than just a one-man band now and that the other people that work with me are part of something bigger than the individual.
Can you recall when it was that you felt that you made it?
I am talking about the time you felt that from now on, things are running smoothly.
I haven't had that feeling yet but I'm hoping when I'm old and grey I can look back and think, that it was a good journey.

Your clients have all different philosophies and attitudes - could you define the one thing that they all share?
They have all been brave or kind enough too trust us with their money and hopefully been pleased with what we produced for them.

Where do you draw inspiration from while working? And how has this process changed through the years?
I don't have one place I find inspiration, it's such a fleeting thing and can come from so many different sources. I just try and keep my eyes and ears open and to keep asking questions and be receptive to new things. Google images is probably the best and worst invention for the creative industry in the last 1000 years. What has changed as I've got older is the willingness to trust in my own instincts when accessing ideas and designs.

Which part of your job do you find the most fun?
The point where the idea leaves the paper or computer and becomes real. That feeling of being able to touch an idea.
While working, are there any rules that you always, always stick to, no matter what?
Rule 1: Try not too mess this up.
After that they're mainly loose guides really.

In your opinion, which are the three most important qualities that a creative professional should possess in order to succeed in your field?
Be open minded
Be open handed
Be lucky

I guess you enjoy fashion - but, on a personal level, do you ever experiment with your style?
I'm currently dabbling with some swash buckling inspired facial hair to mixed reviews. Physically I'm a tall man with a broad build so I tend to go for simpler utilitarian clothes but I always have a profound admiration for people who's everyday dress is almost costume in it's extreme. Men also tend to have a much more limited pallete to choose from.

In your opinion, in what ways will the current financial crisis affect the fashion industry and subsequently the fashion world at large?

Bigger brands will be alot less willing to take creative and therefore financial risks. History, however would seem to say that we should get a real creative explosion of young creatives (not just in fashion) who will develope evermore exciting ways to navigate around the tricky financial times.

If you could work together with any three artists -living or dead- who would they be?
I once watched an amazing documentary about Pink Floyd's 80's 'The Wall' tour which had loads of amazing concert footage. Whilst the band were playing the first half of the album people were building this giant wall on the front of the stage which in the end obscured the whole stage until one brick remained which is then slotted in as the band finish "Another brick in the wall". Then these huge inflatables inspired by Gerald Scarfe's amazing artwork, smash though and the gig continues. It's so epic and very defiantly a product of the massive 80's budgets when the music business was in it's pomp and a fantastic spectacular. That would have been something incredible to have been part of.
Federico Fellini on his film "And the ship sails on". It's rather a slow film and certainly not one of his best but the sets are fantastic and a really clever idea for the film which is very knowingly referenced by the actors and the dialogue, hopefully without giving too much away.
I'm going to be naughty and choose a few more - sorry as I can't decide on the last one, Sir Ken Adams for all his incredible production designs and four film directors who I couldn't separate, Stanley Kubrick, Guillermo del Torro, Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze.


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