Miss Led the Leading Lady
Miss Led is going from strength to strength as a fashion illustrator. She was praised at the Somerset House Best of British exhibition last year and is now fully-booked with work for incredible brands and workshops around the UK. We caught a moment in her busy schedule (including Cass Art workshops) to find out more...
1. When did you first get into illustration?
It’s hard to say, from as young as I can remember I was pretty much drawing everyday… My Mum loved making her own clothes, and a lot of mine. She had huge pattern books which included Vogue, Simplicity and others. I’d spend hours producing my own little fashion zines informed from the many large pages - offering hundreds of different poses, garments, accessories and hairstyles. I think I was
2. Last year you exhibited at Somerset House as part of Images 36: Best of British Illustration, how did that begin?
I did, it was such an incredible opportunity and accolade. It was the first time I had submitted work as part of the Images event. The, ‘Even Angels Will Fall’, project was the first time I had the opportunity to art direct such a big project. The response was incredible - the large canvas was pretty much the first thing you saw as you entered the exhibition at Somerset House.
3. Tell us about your favourite project to date…
My favourite fashion based project would have to be the Ted Baker Drawing Room that I worked on last year. A one off event advertising their Spring/Summer collection. I was commissioned to work alongside 10 other illustrators to create shoppers portraits at the Ted Baker HQ. The event was streamed live over 8 hours. Such a great experience!
5. How do you achieve your effect? What are your must-have products?
Ahhh… I work in so many different ways. When I started out in 2008 I was using just marker pens on white canvas, and for my portraits, a sketch book, pencil and Photoshop. Now I’m excited about combining as many materials as possible. Though I do carry everywhere my 0.3, 0.5 and very special 0.9 retractable pencil.
6. What are you working on next?
Goodness, spinning plates better! There a good few plans afoot outside of London this Autumn/ Winter. They will include more live painting, large scale street art work and workshops. But that’s all I’m willing to say right now, as I’d hate to spoil the surprise.
Miss Led kindly gave us a downloadable Alice in Wonderland illustration for you to work on at home. Upload your versions via Twitter or Instagram #cassart #welovefashionweek for a retweet. See more of Miss Led's illustrations on her website, become a fan on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
Pictured Bitter Sweet and Anna Sui by Miss Led