Phoebe Collings-James is a British artist and model who grew up in London and graduated in Fine Art from Goldsmith’s. She is wearing our new Spring Summer 2014 Denim collection.
1.What kind of art do you specialise in?
I work in fine art, mainly in painting and sculpture so I have taken a new direction in the last couple of years as before I used to work in video and installation.
2. What message do you want to portray in your art?
I have always been interested in ideas about sexuality, desire and pleasure but increasingly it’s become a lot more political, so my last two shows definitely had more of a political agenda. So I think it is trying to balance whatever the message in the work is with an aesthetic that is quite instant.
3. What was your most memorable exhibition in London?
The Most memorable exhibition that I have been to was at the Hayward gallery in 2005 to see a contemporary artist called Rebecca Horn. She is a German artist, incredible, she showed a lot of work from when she was in her early 20’s and creates kinetic sculptures and there were strange machines throwing paint around! This was the first show that really made me want to be an artist and excited for the all the possibilities ahead.
4.Describe an ordinary day in London as an artist and a model?
An ordinary day is spent in my studio, modelling and being a artist are quite distinct so it’s hectic trying to make the two work together especially as one requires me to look quite groomed and the other one requires me to get my hands dirty and be in a different head space. It is a fun but hectic mixture.
I am shy in front of a camera so I definitely feel more comfortable as an artist, however modelling is a nice extra to be able to do and it adds the odd bit of glamour into my life which would be ordinarily unglamorous.
5.Describe what you love about denim and the Stella McCartney Spring summer Collection?
I wear denim a lot and I do love it, I love the 70’s feel to this collection, I really like the dress and the dungarees. I love flares and anything that looks 70’s.
6. How does fashion fit in with your personal life?
Fashion has to be functional for me, I try and make it as fun as possible and make sure that everything I buy I love, I often throw on a jumper and my favourite jeans.
7. Do you have a favourite place in London?
Pierre Victoire, it is a tiny little French restaurant in Soho opposite my studio. I also like being at home as I’m so rarely there.
8. What do you love most about London?
As I am from London I just love that it feels like home and I really like English people, which I really miss when I’m away.