How to unleash your inner “Fashionista” in the Baltic Triangle

Saturday 30th September was grey and rainy, outside on the streets of Liverpool. But inside the comfort of Baltic Creative, on Jamaica Street, a small group of very sassy women, were armed with pencils, tracing paper and a wonderful cornucopia of imagination… hence my first Fashion Illustration Class, open to the public was underway! We all sat around a large table in the warm tungsten glow of The Big Shed. I talked about my role as an artist & fashion illustrator, in my hearty southern drawl (as in Portsmouth, not Texas), whilst my wonderful students/clients, followed my banter to produce their very first fashion orientated illustrations! There is always something so intimidating about staring at a blank piece of paper, wanting to make a mark which means something, and is perfect, but the need for perfection overrides the actual picture. Thank god for tracing paper! Oh dearest Photoshop, you may well have layers, but us traditional, analogue artists, have the original layering technique!

Every single person who signed up for my class, fully invested into their own styles of creativity. Some draw with a heavy hand, so the graphite is like tar, leaving old lines showing underneath new marks. Others preferred to sketch, creating a very physical dialogue on the paper, and building up lines to secure the illustration. From the first drawing, made up from shapes, not dissimilar to a Michelin Man, organically developing into an actual finished, fashion drawing. It was so brilliant to watch the visual storytelling unfold. This is why I love sharing my knowledge of drawing and fashion, because it is so wonderful to tap into forgotten creativity. For those who were shamed in art class at school, for not being good enough, for not being invested in, for not being given any type of encourgement, the art room is a scary place. But with a room full of support and happiness, you can pretty much achieve anything. Which is exactly what we did yesterday. A perfect digital detox for a couple of hours on a Saturday in the Baltic Triangle.

Thank you so much Ladies, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you all. My next class will be towards the end of October, dates to be TBC. Everyone welcome! (Unless you are Van Gogh) X

 

Kitty Fuller, What do you actually do?

The infamous question; What do you do? Aahh. Right. Stop. Deep Breath. Gauge my audience and then Respond. The answer used to be easy; I am a barista and I am studying for my Masters. Easy, clear and concise. But these days, I actually do not know how to articulate what I do? My most popular answer, sounds like this; I am a Lecturer of Fashion Illustration & Fashion Photography at the Rare School of Fashion. This will then normally be met with an Ooooooohhhh, to which I almost find myself apologetically blushing. Othertimes, I just say, I am an Artist. On a posh day, I like to play the academic card too. But what I really want to say is this;

Hello my name is Kitty Fuller, also known as Sarah, pending on when in my life we became accquainted. I am an Artist. I have always been really, bloody good at drawing since I was little. I loathed any type of physical education, hence sitting still for hours and creating wonderful pictures, that I would fill the page and get lost in, and this is how I got here. I am good at all art. I can paint, I can draw, I know my colour theory, I studied both art history & history of photography, I am competent at ceramics, I can sculpt, I have a double major in printmaking… Yes I am a creative. But my heart falls equally into a melting pot of both Art & Fashion. I call myself a Fashion Illustrator, because it represents clearly what I draw. But, I am actually an Artist of Fashion. I adore the world of art. I weep openly when I see a beautiful Egon Scheile painting or when stood, breathing in a portrait by the photographic genius, Diane Arbus. But then I also fall to my knees in great awe, when Gucci presents their next incredible collection or when Versace appropriates, once again, an original golden embellished tiger on an Italian shirt. I cannot cope. The more pattern and print there is, oozing from the catwalk; the greater the cinematic explosion inside my head, waking me up in the middle of the night with a new painting, that I must begin sketching immediately!

This is all actually true. I have bodies of work inside my head, which have yet to be sketched out, and that have been lodged in there for 5 or 6 or 7 years. It has taken me a long time to truly believe I can create these paintings, these vast bodies of work, because I have always been so aware of ‘not fitting in’. What I mean is, being pigeonholed in one creative genre. Am I a fashion illustrator? Or am I an artist? Or am I a painter? What is my title? But as I grow and develop as a creative, I now fully appreciate, that it is OK to feel like this. Which leads me onto today’s drawings & musings… Wallpaper. I am going to apply all of the above dialogue and create my own wallpaper, using my current fashion illustrations and push them into a new creative field. Being an Artist, can be very confusing at times, as we do not have a generic rulebook to follow. What I do know is this; Do what you love and do what makes you happy, and I bloody LOVE drawing all things fashion.

 

In Sketches & Drawings on
16th September 2017

My new blog, is my new digital sketchbook

So I have been thinking of scrapping my website for a while now, and replacing it with a blog. I get it, that there are a million, billion blogs and vlogs out there, in the digital sea of social media, and to be seen, you have to be pretty darn special. So that is why I am pretending, inside my head, that this is a digital sketchbook instead. It takes off, all the pressure and lets me use the screen, like a page,to show my scribbles and sketches, which are always the foundations, to my next drawings/illustrations/paintings. If you are unfamiliar with the term sketchbook, let me explain; it is a book of sketches. It is a book which acts like the physical platform of your mind. It is a collective of tickets, ripped out paper, wallpaper and fabric swatches, mindless words, doodles, initial pen and ink mark making, magazine clippings, old polaroid photographs and ideas which make sense to only you. Sketchbooks are beautiful keepsakes, they are the original ‘media gallery’ in your phone, before the filters have been added, and without an ounce of editing. They show your vunerability as an artist. They are the unsung heroes of the creative world. So if any of my students, past or present are reading this, take heed. The process, the development of an idea, is always more enchanting to me, then the coveted final piece. So I hope I can convey this through my digital sketchbook/ blog.

In Kitty Fuller Fashion Illustration Class on
16th September 2017

Fashion Illustration Class for Inspired Beginners

Have you ever fancied having a go at being a fashion illustrator? Or are you asking yourself; What actually is a fashion illustrator? If you would like a digital detox for couple of hours on a weekend and you are local to Liverpool, then I could possibly help you on this matter. I am holding a two hour workshop, for inspired and absolute beginners to sample, what this fashion illustration lark is all about. It is an opportunity to be creative, going back to basics with pencil and paper. It will be a very relaxed class, and anyone who likes drawing and fashion is very welcome. I will supply all the materials, in exchange for your company & £20 per person. It will be held in The Big Shed in Unit 51, (the cafe inside Baltic Creative/ 49 Jamaica Street). If this has raised your brow in anyway, please do email me at Sarah@kittyfuller.com for further information & also to book your place.

In Fashion Illustration on
16th September 2017

Kitty Fuller is featured in this months #INSPO Magazine

Brand new issue of @hashtaginspomagazine #INSPO out right now! Go and get a copy of this gorgeous rose coloured edition… as there is an interview with ME in there! And some of my fashion illustrations
Thank you so much @kerryn_grady ⭐ #kittyfuller #fashionillustration #cryinggirlseries #INSPO #fashionmagazine #inspomagazine

In Uncategorised on
19th February 2017

Say hello to ‘Crying Girl Katsushika’

 

It’s been a while since my last post, but I am determined to get back to my blogging feed. Since Instagram has consumed my daily illustrations, I have felt something has been missing. That one snapshot on my insta feed, cannot tell the stories, behind my illustrations, but only show what is on my desk and in my immediate view, and I do love a good narrartive when it comes to my work. So today I return with a new piece, from my ever growing ‘Crying Girl’ Series. May I introduce you to my newest acrylic, offspring; ‘Crying Girl Katsushika’. She is a wonderful fusion of two great creatives. The first being, the Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai, who painted the highly recognisable artwork, from the Edo period (1615-1868), called, ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, which has been appropriated in many repeated art forms, and now takes a new platform in my fashion practice. The second creative, is the British born, Sir Paul Smith, who is a British fashion designer and icon, with a reputation as the Mod Father of Fashion and classic mens tailoring. Those of you who know my work, will recognise, that I do love a coloured stripe or two, dividing an image with a strong, swathe of block colour. Mr Paul Smith also loves his stripes, and it is here, that I have decided to pay homage, to those stripes, breaking up the turbulent wave pattern in this Crying Girl’s world. Katsushika’s waves also reference the original Lichtenstein painting, Drowning Girl, which was the original artwork, to conceive this entire body of my work and prcatice. More to come on this weather beaten babe, very soon! XX

Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa    Paul Smith 1