How lockdown kickstarted this artist’s passion for painting
Despite putting her artistic pursuits on pause after getting pregnant, Justine never gave up on it. As lockdown rolled around, she started to get creative and finally picked up her paintbrushes again. Alongside working as a fashion designer and tailor, she continues to use her free time to paint but knows there is more inside of her besides being a dressmaker.
Justine talks about the inspirations behind her work, the connections between art and fashion and some of the challenges of being an artist.
How does your background in architecture influence your creative practice?
I like to paint landscapes with lots of buildings so that definitely has a big influence on what I’m trying to create. I also went to Warsaw this summer and visited the royal castle where there were lots of paintings by Canaletto. He always inspired me at school and he is probably why I’m so into painting buildings and landscapes.
“If you want a picture, take a picture. But if you want a painting, it will have something from the artist.”
You paint lots of different landscapes, what inspires these locations?
Usually, I paint places that I’ve been to because it’s much easier for me to visualise when I’m looking at the picture, and I can twist that with my imagination. I always think if you want a picture, take a picture. But if you want a painting, it will have something from the artist. That’s my personal opinion about art in general.
You also work as a dressmaker, what connections do you see between art and fashion?
I think there is a huge connection. Many of the dresses I make could be put on a red carpet because you have to use so much imagination. Sometimes customers bring in a rough idea of what they want and when they come back to try it on, my imagination goes wild: “let’s add some embellishment here, add some ruffles there.” If you’re creative, fashion, painting, drawing and any kind of art are all connected.
“If you’re creative, fashion, painting, drawing and any kind of art are all connected.”