Getting to know Daisy

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Can you tell us how you discovered Breed?

I’ve known Breed and some of the Breed artists for quite awhile. Breed has a longstanding history with many of its artists, and that longevity, along with the good results they’ve seen, was the appeal.

You’ll be in great company at Breed – why do you feel your work sits well with the other artists?

Because every artist is unique, it will be the diversity that will be beneficial.

When did you realise you could make a career out of art – had you considered any other careers growing up?

I started looking at art schools around the age of 15. I knew that I was destined to go to art school but wasn’t sure of which area to focus on. Initially, I enrolled in photography but at the last minute switched to fashion design since Parsons is well known for its fashion designers. But then I ended up getting a degree in fine art. I’m also very interested in interior design as something I would consider in the future.

Can you name three things that got you to where you are now?

Hard work, persistence and vision.

Lots of your commissions are from fashion brands. When did you get bitten by the fashion bug?

I have always been interested in fashion, clothes and style. Also, I studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design in New York (home of Project Runway).

I’ve been drawing with felt tip pens since the age of three so seems apt to be my chosen medium. I love the texture on the paper and the assortment of colours. Plus, the hand-made feel, which is so raw.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career to date?

Sir Peter Blake, the pop artist. He has been a family friend, so I grew up being very inspired by his work.

Can you give us a little taster of any exciting projects you’ve got in the pipeline?

I’m working on a secret project that is due to come out during Christmas and is inspired by the festive season…

When you’re not busy with your felt tips, how do you enjoy your time?

I like to travel. As Diana Vreeland famously said: ‘The eye has to travel’. Recently I went to Marfa, the artist community in Texas, to visit The Donald Judd Foundation with some friends.

You’re based in London, arguably the cultural capital of the world – is there a show or exhibition you’ve seen recently, or coming up, that you’d recommend we visit?

The Andy Warhol show at The Saatchi Gallery.

(A selection of Daisy’s images are shown here, including a self portrait)

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