I was pleased to find Ellie Vandoorne, the artist in question, sat by the window. Armed with my microphone, she hid any hint of disapproval at the suggestion of an impromptu interview. Specialising in mixed media collage work, Vandoorne creates stylised female portraits worthy of the description, “iconic”.
When I was starting to lose hope and I felt like my dreams were fading away I received a response inviting me to interview for a well renowned London based interior design studio. I couldn’t believe my luck. My interview was a success, I moved to London and spent the following three and a half years working for Juliette Byrne. She is listed consistently among the top 100 designers in the UK by House and Garden published by Conde Nast.
What appealed to me most about Swing Time were the significant similarities between the main character’s life and Smith’s own. You will always have me at ‘based on a true story’. Zadie Smith was born in 1975 in Brent, north-west London to a Jamaican mother and an English father. The novel certainly feels like watching a slow-motion dance routine; giving its reader time to frown and ponder the intricacies of the footwork and the interactions of its four starring women.
My perspective on art is amateur, a word which suits me fine as it’s derived from the Latin for ‘lover’ (as opposed to expert.. though I did once get an A in year 9 for a charcoal sketch of a hedgehog). For me, art is escape, colour, questions, pleasure, technique, precision and imagination. I’m Annie, […]
Not only is her work charged with feminine power, she’s setting her own beauty standards, something we need in a social media driving anxiety-inducing self-esteem-damaging society. What professionals would photoshop out, Cousins embraces and not for anyone else’s approval but her own.