As an art director and image maker, my work explores themes of identity, youth culture and feminism. I draw inspiration from music, the people around me and my own personal experiences, as well as political and social concerns to create a narrative. Allowing my work to align with my own values but also provide a purpose.
Bristol has largely influenced British youth culture, in terms of music and fashion, and plays an inspiring role in activism. Being immersed in this culture, living in Bristol, has had a huge influence on my work.
Through research into inner city youth culture I discovered some shocking realities about poverty in the UK, which led me to think how are there so many people in the UK in such a disadvantaged position? With feeling let down by our government and system in the UK, I wanted to create something that uses art and fashion as an outlet to share news and political information.
Only 16% of people in creative jobs are from working class backgrounds. In creating Graded Magazine, I strive to create a platform to educate people on class inequalities, have working class experiences heard and to showcase working class creatives work. The magazine features people from a working class background and their experiences but also explores their individual personalities and how they use fashion and image to construct identities and express their individual personality.
As I heavily research youth culture, I began to think about the space between youth and adulthood. The time period is often undefined and in young adulthood we face a world of complexities, changing identities, and uncertainties. This fashion editorial, titled ‘Liminal Space’ for Dazed explores this transitional phase and the feeling of physical boundaries.