8 June 2012
Fawn and Faith: an Interview with Lucinda Sinclair
Based in Nottingham, twenty-two-year-old aspiring designer, Lucinda Sinclair has been documenting the development of her collection - garments she has designed inspired by all things occult and the model/artist, Felice Fawn. With her eye for discordant elegance and a flair for non-conventional design, Lucinda looks set for success. Here, she submits her look-book for our readers to admire, and chats to Blackavar to tell us more...
What is your creative background? What influences do you feel have bought you to where you are now as a designer?
I guess illustration was what jumpstarted my creativity when my fine art teachers at school told me I was good at it! It was quite a natural move for me to make to fashion as it was what I was all about at school. Everyone around was wearing Hollister and Jack Wills. I had a very different idea of what I considered 'cool' and I just got more and more outrageous with what I was wearing and customising! I've always been keen to make a visual impact.
Give us a brief outline of your collection and its development. What is Fawn and Faith, and how did you begin the project?
Fawn & Faith started with my muse Felice, who outlined the themes from the very beginning with just what she was interested in, and the content on her blogs. It's about religion, symbolism and occultism but also about having no religion at all. 'Fidem Ignota' which is a phrase that features on the harnesses and prints, means 'a faith unknown' in Latin.
You hail model and artist, Felice Fawn, as your muse. What is it about her that inspires you?
With Felice, of course initially it was what she looked like that inspired me to dress her. Visually she is the epitome of who I design for as she really fits my aesthetic as a designer, however it was more about her education in religions, deities and demons that fascinated her, that in turn fascinated me.
What goals do you hope to accomplish with Fawn and Faith? What do you hope to achieve and where do you want the project to take you?
I'd like to work with new photographers, models and stylists with the range, and perhaps we can all inspire one another. For the future it would be great to have the whole collection produced in a larger quantity and distributed to boutiques. To be honest, I'm just happy to hear from people that like it and want to wear it. I feel like Fawn & Faith really encompasses me as a designer so I think it'll be interesting to see what I'm going to design next.
What is the creative process for you when you work on a new design or piece?
Process-wise I'm a pretty good visualiser, so even at the very beginning of Fawn & Faith I had a pretty good idea of how it was going to look! However, because of the unconventional pattern cutting and draping of the dresses I tend to design, playing around with metres and metres of chiffon on the stand (mannequin) is really helpful to create new shapes. I'd make around 3 toiles (mock ups) of the dress until it fit perfectly and all adjustments were finalised.
A large element of Fawn and Faith is the contrast of religious iconography and Occult symbolism. How do you form your interpretations and what does this sort of imagery mean to you?
Symbolism has always fascinated me because of the way a shape can represent something to us on a cultural (or even lack thereof) level, and how symbols can move away from their original meanings. A great example of that is the crucifix of course! However I do try to make it clear that the symbols I've used in my print designs/branding are not meant to offend anyone, or to misrepresent any beliefs or cultures. It's more of a comment than anything else. I don't actually belong to any religion, but very much appreciate the beauty of icons and symbolism of those that do. There's a sense of community within many religions, so the 'fidem ignota' symbol is perhaps giving people with no religion a sense of belonging? That was just a concept, I'd like to hear how other people view it.
What do you feel your art has to say, about you and the world in general?
I think it says that it's ok to be unusual and be interested in the themes it presents. It's ok to think the illuminati symbol is cool, it's also ok that what you're wearing doesn't look like it came straight out of Topshop. I think it's unapologetically unconventional.
What's next for Fawn and Faith, and for you as a designer?
Well for me, I'm relocating to London this year and I'm so ready to get involved with people on the same level as me creatively/aesthetically. For Fawn & Faith, there are a limited number of crop tops that will be released in the next month so I want to work on getting F&F out there and on people's bodies!