Perhaps some of you are already familiar with the fashion illustrator Mimi Nizan: with clients as Lancôme, Moët & Chandon, L’Officiel, Topshop and Estée Lauder she is definitely considered successful! Last week I was delighted to go for a Chai Tea Latte with her in Amsterdam and ask her everything about her work as an illustrator. What is she up to and how did she become such a success? Keep reading to find out!
Fashion and Art is a brilliant combination, a true artist who proves this is Pepi Art! When I found her work on Instagram she immediately caught my attention with her unique style, I just had to know more about it! I send her an e-mail and we were able to set up a small interview! We spoke about how fashion influences her art, how she gets her inspiration and more.
1. Hello there! I am so excited you were able to make some time for me in order to tell me more about yourself and your work! How have you been lately?
Hi Lynn! Thanks for your interest! I’m also excited to answer all your questions! I’m fine – thank you – just got back from London, where I had my first group exhibition at Lollipop Gallery. I had a blast and already miss the city and all the lovely people.
2. What inspires you to make your illustrations?
Everything could inspire me – I don’t want to set myself a limit regarding sources of inspiration! But I like to get inspired by people the most – simply the beauty of human being, minds, emotions etc. I also love it when I could make people smile with my artworks – that’s my motivation.
3. Help! I’m out of inspiration, what should I do?
I think inspiration also results from the process. Sometimes I already have the illustration or painting exactly in my mind but sometimes not. So you just need to start with something – the inspiration will follow. Don’t use a lack of inspiration as an excuse!
4. How long have you been drawing and how did you grow into your signature style?
All my life I have been loving to draw. It has become my passion, as well as my profession. I graduated in Media Economics, but have always focused on my passion of art besides. After my B.A.’s degree last year I decided to follow my dream and to become a professional artist. I’ll never forget the moment when Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora reposted my work on their instagram accounts – it has shown that my art could reach people by heart – all the lovely feedback I got from all over the world – motivated me to go for it. I don’t know how I’ve developed my own signature style – it just happened because I’ve never stopped drawing.
5. Do you think that your work as a fashion illustrator influences your personal fashion style?
Nope – it’s precisely the reserve! My personal fashion style/ personal taste influences all my artwork.
6. Do you have any personal fashion styling ideas that all of us should know about?
I’m crazy about jackets – especially leather jackets. So take a black leather jacket, a white or striped shirt, blue ripped jeans and you’re always ready to go! Don’t forget about the accessories – little cute arm bracelets, fine necklaces and rings. Oh and one more thing I would like to advice: Buy less but better – invest in high quality clothes! You’ll have more of it!
7. What does fashion mean to you?
I love fashion – it’s not only inspiring, it’s also a great way to express yourself! I would love to have my own fashion label someday.
8. Thank you for all the great answers! I love your work and I will definitely keep following you for more, are there any exciting projects coming up for you that we should stay tuned for?
Thank you too!! I’m looking forward to your own Fashion Blog – congrats and good luck with everything! Currently you could get some PEPIART for your phone – check out my cooperation with DeinDesign www.bit.ly/pepiart_deindesign – it’s available for mostly all phones and worldwide shipping. After my first exhibition in London I will exhibit my work in a fashion showroom in Dusseldorf soon. Stay tuned! :)
Did you enjoy reading about PepiART? You can check out more of her work here: www.pepiart.com
Do you like the concept of fashion illustrations? Earlier this week I spoke about five inspiring fashion illustrators, go check it out!