Over the next coming Sundays I shall be posting my own artist interviews with some of my favourite people who reside in this multitalented world of art… Today we have the lovely Rebecca Foster from ‘That’s Sew Becky’ to answer a few questions… over to you Becky!
First of all, who are you?
Hey, I’m Becky! I live in Wolverhampton (yes, the place that gave you Goldie, Robert Plant, and the UK’s first automatic traffic lights.) I am a sewist and creative director, designer and manufacture of That’s Sew Becky – a small business that makes clothing and accessories by my fair hands.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
Back in the day, I was going to be a vet. It all fell apart when I found out I wouldn’t be able to keep the animals and that science was not my forte. After that it was all about acting, set and costume design.
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
On Art Foundation we had a life drawing class. Having already drawn a nude female model, we were very excited (and giggly) for the male model. When the day came, he de-robed to his Y-fronts and posed for us. We all found this most amusing and decided that we would all draw what we saw. The pants were on inside out. There was about 5 of us with a back view all drawing the worn-out label of his pants, making sure to highlight it with the best light. He didn’t come back again.
What is the hardest part of being creative?
The lack of sleep and anxiety that comes from having an overactive creative mind. And the loneliness; a lot of the time you’re working alone so you have to be ok to do so.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Know when to stop and give yourself a break – you’re only human! Remember that there are other people out there who are just like you, find them and befriend them. Not all ideas are good ideas and that’s ok.
What subjects inspire you?
I am very inspired by Japan, so much so that I started learning the language after a trip to Tokyo and got a GCSE in it. I also really enjoy aerial hoop that I do for fitness. That inspires me to make awesome leggings and costumes for performances.
However, being an absolutely huge geek, films and tv are a big inspiration, as well as computer games and books. I love to read and fall into new worlds which in turn then inspire me further!
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
Vivienne Westwood, CLAMP and Hayao Miyazaki.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Alexander McQueen, Barbara Hepworth and Tolkien.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
It’s hard as I love all my work, but I also hate it. I think that’s the designer in me – always evolving and growing. My current favourite is my rainbow pastel cloud dress I made for my friend’s wedding (complete with pockets, because dresses without them are the worst.) It was super comfy and very pretty!null
What was the last piece of art you sold?
Off the top of my head, a parrot cushion from my website.
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Boursin, on crusty bread. Mmmmmm.