CREATIVE BRIEF: Victoria Villasana

Victoria Villasana is a Mexican artist based in London. I came across her work in the usual way, combing Instagram for bits of gold. The colors of the yarn in contrast with the black and white photographs was a nice juxtaposition to me and so I inquired about her work. After a week-long game of tag, back and forth, we finally managed to get a phone call in. Below are a few snippets from our chat.

-Stephan

little beast: How would you describe your work? 

VV: My work is a Symbiosis of cultures. It's also a contradiction, an old fashioned granny's craft combined with digital photography. I'm inspired by native Mexican crafts, also Mexican Kitsch from my childhood memories visiting the 'Fondas' (A type of modest restaurant serving very popular Mexican food) and the eclectic Fashion in London.

The multiculturalism I've experienced while living in London helped me a lot creatively. I really believe multicultural societies are richer.

little beast: Tell us about your process?

VV: My process is terribly unorganized. I'm not one of those artists who seats for hours working on a piece at the time. My artwork process mixes with my everyday life and I work with different pieces at the same time. When I start a piece, I don't really have an idea of how is going to look like. I just let things flow and enjoy the process.

little beast: How'd it start? 

VV: I've been doing photography interventions with yarn and other type of collages for 2 years so I had all these images piling up at home and I wasn't really sure what to do with them. One day I went out to get some milk and I saw a guy placing some miniature paste ups at the end of the streets and I loved how they brought some 'character' to a very boring road. So, a week after I was the one putting paste ups on the streets and I loved the feeling.

little beast: What do you love most about creating street art?

VV: It's not so much the rush of adrenaline, it's more the fact that you sharing something with people, you are placing something on the streets to get a reaction from people. If I place the pieces during the day, I get approach by people and I enjoy that, but I also enjoy placing the pieces at night and leave the natural environment finishes the piece.

You can find more of Victoria's work here.

IG: @villanaart

CREATIVE BRIEF: Davinia Arias

Davinia Arias is an artist and digital designer based in London. I've been a mighty fan of her personal work as well as her project (#platodavinci) with Ignasi Monreal for quite some time. We've reposted their collaborative and independent works often.

Her resume boasts of collaborations with Mc Queen, Graff Diamonds, Missoni and Almeida to name a few. You can see her work and find our brief exchange below.

- Stephan

little beast: Describe what your creative process might look like.

DA: It really depends on the nature of the trigger/impulse that makes me want to draw something. If the idea is self-initiated, it is a bit of an inductive process where I try to find the elements that will ignite that idea in other people's mind. Otherwise, if I find a subject or object that gets my attention, I will study it, select the parts I want to emphasise and build a story around it. 

I definitely always try to visualise the finished piece in my mind and conceal that impression before I even pick up the pen, it gives me a direction and a 'finish line'.

little beast: Do you have a favorite visual artist?

DA: I have like a top 10. Where they are all equally favourite, but I definitely have a soft spot for Sargent and Sorolla.

little beast: If you could collaborate with another creative on a project who would it be?

DA: Nikola Tesla / Jesuschrist

You can find more of Davinia Arias' work here.

IG: @daviniaarias