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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.


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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