The Journey of a Creative : April

The Journey of a Creative : April

The Journey of a Creative : April

 

As humans the pathway to finding and defining who we are is often riddled with loopholes, and almost impossible to duplicate. Finding out personal style is that of a journey rather than a destination, one which mirrors a continuously evolving process. Over the next few months XXY will be interviewing some of our most admired creatives, whilst they reveal the journey they have taken and the catalysts that have nurtured and continue to cultivate their work, life and ambitions.

 

April is the month of Marwood London’s Becky French. Founding the innovative accessory brand in 2010, Becky’s appreciation for subtle detail and traditional wools, silks and lace have propelled Marwood’s identity as one of London’s most iconic, contemporary and elegant up and coming brands. This month we catch up with the beautiful mind behind Marwood, and find out a little about Becky’s story….

 

Where were you born?
Becky – Somerset, England.

What aspects of your childhood would you consider to eminently influence your current style and work?

My Mum’s love of textiles, craft and cloth were a huge influence, she was also the Textile teacher at the local school I went to. I was always encouraged to make things since I can remember. My grandparents on both sides painted as a hobby and I would paint with them or see my Grandma hand crochet, quilt,  knit and sew and my Grandad hand carve furniture.
 

What are your most memorable educational experiences?
At school the art department was led by a really talented couple who made us see beyond our surroundings and took us to London, Paris and Florence on school trips to draw.  Among the exhibitions they took us to on trips to London, I significantly remember seeing the Anthony Gormley “Field for the British Isles” installation at the Hayward Gallery in 1996.

What stage of your life do you consider to be your most defining in terms of style?
Probably University. I went to Kingston, so we would go to London and charity shops at that time still had treasures to be found. I loved vintage and charity shopping during those years. I also found shops beyond the high street – although couldn’t afford shopping in them!

What brands did you grow up with?
I grew up with high street brands like Topshop. Our most local big town was 26 miles away and that’s where we shopped! I do remember this huge vintage / retro store that we’d go to and dig around to find 90’s grunge pieces and get our levis.

Tell us about the music you listen to when youre in need of inspiration?
It varies and is normally down to my boyfriend who has a huge collection that I poach. Motown, soul and funk always tops the list.

What’s your favourite scent and how does it reflect you?
A scent I wear is monocle/comme ‘hinoki’ and have done for years. It isn’t too flowery or sweet. I love the smell of the sea, not sure how it reflects me but it is definitely when I am most happy.

What do you consider freedom to be?
Having choices and being able to act on them.

 

 

Text: Fenn O’Meally
Images Courtesy of:

Jasper Fry

www.antonygormley.com

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