|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.
recall when it was that you felt that you made it?
am talking about the time you felt that from now on, things are running
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
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
Where do you draw inspiration from
while working? And how has this process changed through the
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
The point where the idea leaves the paper or
computer and becomes real. That feeling of being able to touch an
While working, are there any
rules that you always, always stick to, no matter
Rule 1: Try not too mess this
After that they're mainly loose guides
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
I guess you
enjoy fashion - but, on a personal level, do you ever experiment with
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
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
If you could work together with any
three artists -living or dead- who would they be?
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
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.
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