We've caught up with artist and style muse, Lily Duffy for a quick chat about her paintings, magic bags, favourite Atlantis Shoes Footurama White sneakers. Bold, graphic, and colourful, here’s how Lily Duffy wears hers.
Can you tell us more about your painting process ?
Absolutely, I’d love to. My painting process is very intuitive. It’s how I connect to my joy. The process is me being in a moment of not knowing, not knowing where the brush stroke will go, what will come and how it will unfold.
I love the titles you give your paintings. How do you find them ?
The names just come, a friend has helped me name several of the works. The others arrive, it’s like the final part of the creation process - the name.
I’ve noticed you’ve painted a lot of flowers in your pictures. Why is flower a compelling topic to explore?
I don’t know exactly....it’s just how it all just started, and from then on I just kept painting flowers. Nature is my inspiration and flowers open up, they blossom and depending on the environment, they thrive and change.
You present an interesting contrast with your fusion of art and fashion in your hand-painted bags. What prompted you to connect the two through your medium?
I love fashion, I love expressing myself through how I dress - It’s the highlight of my day, it’s fun. The bags happened on their own. Each bag is designed to be a one off art work. The first bag I designed was to wear to a concert and I shared it on my Instagram. I also did a course at Otago fashion school 11 years ago and one of my final designs as a presentation was a painted handbag, funny how that’s the path I’m now on.
Is there an artist or work that particularly resonates with you?
Yes there are several. I love a mix of contemporary art, visiting contemplate galleries are my favourite. I love many of the classical Master painters also. It’s about what moves me.
What do you hope viewers will take away from your work?
I love these styles! I fell in love from the moment I saw them. I like that they are futuristic and modern and that I could wear them in several different ways. I think they will be great to travel with, they’re light and fun! I have some places in mind....