Andrew Ibi set us some questions to answer prior Trend Project.
Are you Disposable or a Collector?
It’s about finding the perfect balance. I love collecting… I have a huge crate of paper I have accumulated from across the world and many a pavement. However, I take pride in being a neat freak and have no hesitation to throw away stuff I haven’t used or looked at for a few months. I say throw away but I try to recycle.
Is illustration still important or relevant to fashion?
SLR Photography is ubiquitous. Evidence of this is as follows: the revival of the Polaroid picture, hipsters flocking to Urban Outfitters to spend 40 on a lomography lens, the fact that no one wants to have a photo taken of themselves in High Definition. A cheap solution to capturing style is simply by picking up a pen and getting sketchy! Photography has a become a medium a little too obvious, anyone can do it so long as they can afford a camera that does all the work for them. The real challenge lies in returning to the primitive skills we were born with: looking around you, take a deep breathe to resist the urge of snap-happiness, pick up a drawing instrument instead. Illustration is relevant to fashion, because fashion moves fast, and so does a pen line in front of a catwalk... and it delivers a result far more spontaneous than a camera ever will. Some might describe illustration as old-fashioned, but old-fashioned is vintage, and everyone knows that vintage is still in fashion. Another thing: you don’t have to worry about air-brushing a drawing.
How would you describe your work?
Work is part of my personality and sadly for me, I am a self-centered workaholic. In order to relax, I work. I think the meaning of the verb ’relaxing’ actually stresses me out. I wake up early every morning because if you add up all the extra hours of being conscious it's the equivalent of a longer life expectancy. And if you live longer you get so much more work done.
In the words of Dame Fanny Waterman:
“You don’t stop working because you grow old, you grow old because you stop working.”
Lady Gaga shares a similar philosophy, although slightly more sensationalized:
“I eat, sleep, breathe and bleed every inch of my work. I’d absolutely die if I couldn’t be an artist.”
Thanks for making work-lovin’ cool Lady Gaga!
Are you Online or Offline?
I wish I was offline.
Being disconnected from the internet grants you more time for deep thought and contemplation. It also trains you to be creative with your spare time, instead of refreshing your facebook homepage. However, a small amount of being logged in needs to be invested if you want to get your work out there, unfortunately. The ironic thing is that the more time I have spent advertising myself online, the less time I have had to work on what I have been advertising.