In Conversation With…Katie Edmunds
This week we are in conversation with London-based freelance fashion illustrator, Katie Edmunds. Read on as we delve into the world of fashion illustration and find out exactly what inspires Katie’s creative work.
What/who inspires your illustrative style?
I’m hugely inspired by female empowerment. My illustrations tend to play upon women who control and employ power over the male gaze, but with a tongue-in-cheek approach. I try to represent the fact that it’s ok to be female and to be sexually empowered.
What medium do you love to work in and why?
Pencils and watercolour. I like the precision and detail of the pencil and the unpredictability and possibilities which stem from watercolour and ink on paper.
How would you describe your personal illustrative style?
I have most fun capturing people’s expressions through portrait drawings. I have a realistic style, which I tend to juxtapose with playful, seductive and colourful elements through use of watercolours, adding a raw quality to my work.
What has been your favourite illustration to date?
It’s hard to choose one favourite but I’ve been working with Galore Magazine which I absolutely love, it’s great to be part of a magazine that empowers women and I’ve been able to illustrate strong, sexually controlled, powerful women for a number of stories within the magazine. It’s something I feel really strongly about so it’s great to have that outlet for self-expression through my illustrations with Galore.
If you could re-live any fashion era, which would it be and why?
It’s a bit of a combination for me, I love the laid-back vibe that came along with the 70s, I’m a big festival goer and love that free-spirited attitude to fashion so that’s always been a favourite era of mine, in terms of my personal style I would say that I tend to favour more 90s grunge styling, I love the hippie vibes that came along in the 70s and the grungy attitude of the 90s so it’s a bit of a mixed one!
What item of clothing can you not live without?
I’ve got a pair of baggy silk trousers which just go with absolutely everything! They are my go-to item when I’m having an outfit crisis!
What’s the top song on your playlist right now?
Serious by Donna Allen
Who was the last person you chose to follow on Instagram?
Milicent Hailes, I take a lot of inspiration from this photographer, it feels like there is a new wave of female photographers in recent times that are taking ownership of their femininity and producing the most powerful images as a result. Milicent’s work perfectly combines the surreal with the stylized making for really strong compositions which ever fail to inspire my work in terms of context and style.