We are so excited to announce a very special project we've been working on! We have collaborated with somebody to bring you an amazing giveaway: a one off creation by London artist, Valerie Savchits. But before we get into the collaboration, we thought you might like to know a little more about the person behind it. Meet Valerie!
When did you start painting/creating art? What inspired you to start?
I believe it all began from wallpapers in my room where I made my very first drawing. I wish I could tell you what exactly inspired me at that point but I bet it’s all in the genes - before I was born my mother had used to draw a lot and create beautiful illustrations just for pleasure.
What is the best thing about being an artist? What do you love most about it?
Perhaps, having the freedom to do what I love every day; living life on my own terms; meeting great people (art admirers, artists, collectors, gallery owners, curators, commissioners); being able to say whatever I want to say and in any form and colour without being bothered; travelling to interesting parts of the planet Earth for group and solo exhibitions. There are too many things that I love about being an artist but none are better than the opportunity to contribute in any possible way to today’s art history.
How has your art changed or evolved over the years?
It changed dramatically over the years - before 2013 I caught myself thinking that I had no concept or strong idea behind my work and it was a huge problem. Once I realised what themes were truly close to me and what I wanted to talk about through my work, my style completely changed as well as my colour palette. Every day I develop my technique and experiment with different media in order to help my art to evolve rapidly.
Does your art reflect your personality? What inspires your art now?
My art is all about me, my past, present and future, my family, my concerns and topics that matter to me. Through my work I explore different issues of being in the center of ethnographic multiculturalism, ideas of identity and reversed aesthetics as well as issues and struggles of the post-soviet generation. I find inspiration in literature, global history, art-house films, chaos (in any form), nature, universe, objects that surround me, other artists' work, colour combinations, personal emotional experience and psychoanalysis.
What do you do when you aren’t painting/creating art?
I usually spend my free time with friends looking for adventures, fun, new experiences and memories. I also work as a part-time graphic designer outside of London.
What are your long term goals as an artist?
I’m looking forward to obtaining gallery representation and building long term professional relationships with gallery owners and curators. Also plan and implement a solo exhibition in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin and/or Tokyo.
What are your biggest achievements as an artist so far? What are you most proud of?
It's definitely graduating from university; having my first serious group exhibition at the age of 21 in the UK; seeing myself published in local art magazine in Manchester; exhibiting in Tate Modern and Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park; having my work on display at Uniqlo on Oxford St and getting featured on The Guardian. I named just a few but I know that one of the biggest achievements are yet to come.
Oh, and have I mentioned that Melisandre (Carice van Houten) from Game of Thrones liked my work on Instagram? Of course it’s not an achievement but I was literally blown away as she was the first celebrity who showed her appreciation of my work publicly.
Mothers day is coming up. What would you suggest is a good present for our readers to get for their mums?
Picking out a present for our mothers that they’ll really appreciate can get difficult, but I would definitely choose experimental gift (plus bunch of her favourite flowers) over material. I also think we should always keep in mind that our mothers want nothing more than our love and attention.
What is your favourite Paul’s Boutique bag from the new season? What is your favourite way to style it?
I have my eye on Agnes - Hologram and Georgia - White Raffia simply because these two would perfectly look gorgeous with any outfit. Besides, I have this thing with minimalism in personal style (I find it hard to believe too, especially when I look at my work which is full of colour and expression) and mini cross body bags with a long strap.
You’ve just completed a beautiful piece of art on one of our new season bags. Did you enjoy the project? What kind of steps did you take to create it/what kinds of materials did you use? What inspired it?
I absolutely loved the process, although it was one of the most difficult jobs I’ve ever done in my artist career so far as my aim was to keep the balance between fashion and art whilst working with different media. I decided to create something in abstract manner - as you can see the bag is fully covered with vibrant and a bit messy splashes, lines, dots, symbols and text which were inspired by style and colour of the bag as well as Paul’s Boutique’s aesthetics.
When the winner of our competition receives your piece of work, how would you like them to feel? How would you like them to wear it?
Just have fun with it — don’t be afraid to experiment and wear it whenever you want. I really hope this bag will become someone’s favourite accessory in their wardrobe!
Want to enter the competition to win this beautiful one-off piece of art? All you have to do is follow the Paul's Boutique Instagram (find it here), then post a photo of you wearing any of our new season bags! Tag us and #mypaulsboutique to make sure we see it. The best picture (best styling/creativity) will win this Paul's Boutique X Valerie Savchist creation! The winner will be announced at the end of April. Good luck!