11 minutes with: Donna Adi
Where do you find inspiration?
“My illustrations are all about self-love, bright colours and just being happy – vibrant compositions to grab attention. And I love anything childish and playful. For [my recent artwork for] The Bicester Village Shopping Collection I added funny little messages, an animated popcorn cup that bounced and even a mouse hiding in the image.
“The wardrobe was also super cool – I was given the freedom to illustrate and went a little crazy with dripping jackets and crazy glitter blazers!”
Describe your personal style…
“It’s very conflicted – I love working in fashion but I’m actually super basic in my own wardrobe. I love wearing jeans and a T-shirt when I’m working. I want to be comfortable so I’d rather invest in staple pieces such as an awesome pair of boots.
“However I have got my eye on wide-legged trousers for spring. They’re so cool, especially when they’re cropped at the ankle, so I hope that trend stays for a while.”
My illustrations are all about self-love, bright colours and just being happy.
“It’s important not to look to others to receive fulfilment. Self-love should come from within and not from objects, things or people. That way, if I'm having a hard time, I can re-centre myself by looking within.
“I’ll just draw for myself sometimes, which is therapeutic. It’s important to take a step back and do something for you, whether that’s writing, reflecting or reciting a mantra. Anywhere to sit and be at peace – I’ll read a book and get back to me.”
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