I realise I just did a “personal” post but the lovely Jess from Jessthetics (aka shop-owner, craft queen and my future travel buddy) tagged me in a creative blog hop… so it can just be “getting to know Laila week” here on TAPE PARADE. You can read her answers to the same questions here!
Most of my work is musical which doesn’t photograph well but you can listen here or here as you read! I hate photographs of my artwork so I’ve included photos of clothes and (ethically-sourced feather!) headdresses I’ve designed and made (I used to run a small business doing this).
I’ve got lots of things on the go but I’m mostly working on songs at the moment; arranging and recording them. I’m in the process of writing two shows with various people as well. In addition to my artistic projects I tend to have numerous craft projects on the go as I like buying old vintage or broken things and fixing them (i.e. bags, dresses, boxes, instruments…).
Clothes and objects I make are characterised by being theatrical, often brightly coloured and highly embellished. I could never make anything simple or minimal! My artistic work is very personal and quite intricate in terms of being multi-layered and complex. I work in a lot of mediums (theatre, music, visual art) but I feel all my work has a unity and a clear theme.
I come from a very mixed heritage and had a weird cultural upbringing so I feel very much like as a person I am a weird melee of influences; my heritage, my name, my physical features. Making art that is very intertextual and self-referential helps me understand and form my own identity.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
It’s just who I am, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like drawing or making things. I can vividly remember the frustration I would feel as a kid with needing to somehow get the pictures in my head onto a piece of a paper and into the world and that’s how it’s been my whole life. It often makes me feel panicked because I’m scared if I don’t get them down in time I’ll forget them.
4. How does your writing/creating process work?
With creating stuff like clothes or costumes I’ve got a fair amount of background study and then if I don’t know how to do something I just make it up. I’m very impatient so work is rarely as precise or neat as it could be.
Generally with artistic projects I have these fully formed ideas of my head and the difficulty is getting it into the world. It’s a bit like in sculpture where the sculptor can see the artwork already existing in the stone and their role is to release it. That’s really how I feel about most of the stuff I create, like my role is just to translate these ideas; I’m just a tool in getting the ideas out. The flaws and problems creep in when translating it into the real world.
In a way it’s like a perpetual cycle of frustration and failure because I’m almost never be able to attain the perfection of the original idea. The few times I’ve felt satisfied with something it’s like a sense of extreme relief and validation that I can occasionally succeed.
Thank you all so much for reading my posts, I really appreciate it and it makes me day to find your sweet comments! I’m still in the USA and there will be a LOT of red, white and blue posts hitting your screens very soon. In the meantime you can follow me on: Bloglovin / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Website