This lady has been an inspiration to me ever since I met her 2 years ago. Anbasja Blanken is the embodiment of a hard, passionate worker who won’t stop until she reaches her goals. Even though she hasn’t been in the Dutch fashion world for thát long, she already managed to make quite a name for herself and is currently one of the favorite designers at Amsterdam Fashion Week.
Last month I had the amazing chance to sit down with Amy Zunzunegui: the senior VP of product development at Urban Decay. Or in short: the brilliant woman who creates all the beauty products for the coolest beauty brand ever (I mean… don’t we all die for those NUDE palettes?). Me and Amy shared one of the most interesting and inspiring conversations, which personally inspired me to step up my game. I wrote down some of the highlights, will you read along?
After reading her book ‘On Top’ I got very inspired by Anna Nooshin – the founder of NSMBL – the biggest Dutch online lifestyle magazine. She shows that with hard work we can get anywhere, and isn’t that the kind of inspiration everyone needs every now and then? I was lucky enough to meet her in person and ask her a couple of questions. Let’s see what she had to say, shall we?
Fashion and Art is a brilliant combination, a true artist who proves this is Pepi Art! When I found her work on Instagram she immediately caught my attention with her unique style, I just had to know more about it! I send her an e-mail and we were able to set up a small interview! We spoke about how fashion influences her art, how she gets her inspiration and more.
1. Hello there! I am so excited you were able to make some time for me in order to tell me more about yourself and your work! How have you been lately?
Hi Lynn! Thanks for your interest! I’m also excited to answer all your questions! I’m fine – thank you – just got back from London, where I had my first group exhibition at Lollipop Gallery. I had a blast and already miss the city and all the lovely people.
2. What inspires you to make your illustrations?
Everything could inspire me – I don’t want to set myself a limit regarding sources of inspiration! But I like to get inspired by people the most – simply the beauty of human being, minds, emotions etc. I also love it when I could make people smile with my artworks – that’s my motivation.
3. Help! I’m out of inspiration, what should I do?
I think inspiration also results from the process. Sometimes I already have the illustration or painting exactly in my mind but sometimes not. So you just need to start with something – the inspiration will follow. Don’t use a lack of inspiration as an excuse!
4. How long have you been drawing and how did you grow into your signature style?
All my life I have been loving to draw. It has become my passion, as well as my profession. I graduated in Media Economics, but have always focused on my passion of art besides. After my B.A.’s degree last year I decided to follow my dream and to become a professional artist. I’ll never forget the moment when Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora reposted my work on their instagram accounts – it has shown that my art could reach people by heart – all the lovely feedback I got from all over the world – motivated me to go for it. I don’t know how I’ve developed my own signature style – it just happened because I’ve never stopped drawing.
5. Do you think that your work as a fashion illustrator influences your personal fashion style?
Nope – it’s precisely the reserve! My personal fashion style/ personal taste influences all my artwork.
6. Do you have any personal fashion styling ideas that all of us should know about?
I’m crazy about jackets – especially leather jackets. So take a black leather jacket, a white or striped shirt, blue ripped jeans and you’re always ready to go! Don’t forget about the accessories – little cute arm bracelets, fine necklaces and rings. Oh and one more thing I would like to advice: Buy less but better – invest in high quality clothes! You’ll have more of it!
7. What does fashion mean to you?
I love fashion – it’s not only inspiring, it’s also a great way to express yourself! I would love to have my own fashion label someday.
8. Thank you for all the great answers! I love your work and I will definitely keep following you for more, are there any exciting projects coming up for you that we should stay tuned for?
Thank you too!! I’m looking forward to your own Fashion Blog – congrats and good luck with everything! Currently you could get some PEPIART for your phone – check out my cooperation with DeinDesign www.bit.ly/pepiart_deindesign – it’s available for mostly all phones and worldwide shipping. After my first exhibition in London I will exhibit my work in a fashion showroom in Dusseldorf soon. Stay tuned! :)
Did you enjoy reading about PepiART? You can check out more of her work here: www.pepiart.com
Do you like the concept of fashion illustrations? Earlier this week I spoke about five inspiring fashion illustrators, go check it out!