MATILDA LITTLE

LONDON


Matilda's abstract, and imaginary drawn forms and characters blend into her fine, wearable art, meshing figurative with objects.


EDITION I ”YOUTH DISRUPTED BY THE FUTURE” 



     



What did you do 13MIN AGO?

Fussed over coffee.


If you could use one metaphor to describe your work, what would it be?

Head in the clouds.


If you hadn't ended up doing Jewellery, what would have been your plan B?

Being a failed painter living somewhere sunny. 



How would you define your artistic practice?

Through my jewellery, I want to bounce imaginary forms and characters from my drawings into wearable art, meshing figurative with objects.


How does a typical day in your creative life look like?

Blending practices mean my days take on a nice mixture of zoning into a studio practice, slowing down to draw and play with forms, to running around London trying to get to the casters before they close.


Do you think it's necessary for you as an artist to sell yourself as a brand?

In a way yes, but I also think platforms like Instagram mean the idea of a ‘brand’ really meshes your professional and personal identity. Which on the up side means your brand can be as real and messy as you want it to be. Just being a maker and creative often lends itself to having a consistent ‘style’ or ‘visual identity’ therefore this isn’t too much of a jump anyway.


How would you define originality today?

Originality is somewhat fictional. I don’t think you can really separate your work from work being created around you, things that inspire you and the context your work lands in, and neither should you have to.


Do you believe in the saying “Fake it until you make it?”

Yes, don’t let the imposter syndrome get you down.


Why is artistic collaboration important to you, especially in a world that demands meaning and purpose?

It is easy to isolate yourself as an artist, studio practices can be very lonely. Collaborating can open your eyes to new ways and mediums to work with, as well as encouraging you to get out of your bubble.


Tell us what it is like to be a young artist living & working in London? What keeps you stimulated?

It’s really hard to not get caught up in the rat race around you. Taking time to be with yourself, aligning your own priorities first and not filling up every inch of your day is something I’m still working on. But London is full of opportunities that are really worth striving for, it’s the calm that is sometimes harder to find living in such a big city.


What do you think are the toughest ethical questions in the creative industry of today?

I am really aware of this waste, you want to be free to experiment and create as much as your heart desires, but the idea of over-producing and contributing to the pile of industry landfill really gets to me.