Camilla, how does it feel to be recognized by DRAW FASHION at this early stage of your career?
It feels really good. This is the first drawing competition I have ever entered and I was feeling pretty intimidated by all the talented students I was up against. I was not expecting it at all.
How do you feel about fashion illustration today and what does it mean to you?
I feel like fashion illustration is taking up a new form. It is becoming a new category in the creative world. I believe fashion illustration now a days, has been appreciated a lot more as a self-expressive form of art with a hint of commercial values. And I hope soon enough museums will be exhibiting artworks from ‘fashion artists’. I come from a fine art background but always loved fashion illustration so I feel like my style hangs between these two worlds and I love that now days I can express myself fully through fashion.
Does illustration help inform any other skills you have?
Yes of course. Through my illustrations you can clearly see I am a color-obsessed person.
Traditional format, mixed media, or technology-infused illustration?
I like working with watercolors, oil painting and mixed media collages. For this particular collection of illustrations I have mainly used watercolors and gouache
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself building up enough experience in the fashion industry to eventually open up my own business. I would like to have my own label as a textile designer when I am ready and hopefully build up my name as an illustrator selling my art work on the side.
Interview: Nada Abdul Ghaffar