Two of our favourite things are fun and fashion, so naturally we adore the cartoon-style fashion illustrations by London-based Margot Bowman. And it’s not just us that loves her! Margot has collaborated with some of the most influential brands in the industry, whilst also finding time to be the creative director of ethical fashion magazine The Estethica Review and dabble in a spot of DJ-ing with her friends, making her our ultimate multi-tasking lola&grace icon! We got in touch with her to talk London, work and yellow . . .
Is illustration something you have always been interested in?
I was always always drawing when I was younger, I just didn’t know it was something you could do for a living!
Who are your greatest influences?
Picasso, Wolfgang Tillmans, Murakami, Kaws, The Yellow Submarine by The Beatles, and my friends! They inspire me more than anyone.
Where do you feel most inspired?
Just after I’ve been to the gym I have these sort of mini moments of clarity, it’s that thing, you do your best work when your not working!
What is London’s best kept secret?
That the city loves you!
Favourite London hang out?
Duck Soup in Soho!
New York, London, Milan or Paris?
Hmmmmmm, I think the ideal is New York energy, with Parisian food and Milanese coffee all in London!
Any advice for aspiring illustrators out there?
Word hard, be professional, don’t follow trends – be the only person doing what you do and be the best at it!
If you could be a colour…
Such a hard question! They are all my favourite – I think probably yellow. I did all the packaging for my final hand in for Central Saint Martins in yellow and I got a first, so I think it’s my power colour.
Margot has designed a limited edition top sticker for Kiehl’s Earth Day product. 100% of net sales will be donated to environmental charity Trees for Cities. The products will be available from Liberty and all stand alone Kiehl’s stores. www.margotbowman.com