What first sparked your interest in your particular art form? Did a specific style or artist inspire you to go for it or was it independent of that?
What inspired me to set up Skin Elixir was both a love of scents and the fact that, trying to find a moisturiser that would nourish and not hinder the skin, was proving hard to find. I am a keen researcher and an avid reader of food and product labels and to be frank it was proving hard to find products with integrity and no bullshit formulas. I became a bit obsessed with creating something suitable for all skin types without adding water – thus without the need for emulsifiers or hormone disrupting preservatives. So in terms of style and inspiration it was a quest to create something natural, organic, niche, sensual and luxurious. I never really looked at this as an art form but I guess mixing scents, oils and butters to create moisturisers, perfume and facial oils that people love is a bit of alchemic wizardry.
What’s the next Steps for you as an artist? – What excites you about the future?
What excites me is getting great feedback from people who have similar values to me. It feels good. I want to continue to make and sell no bullshit beauty products that treat both the skin and senses. When I picture the future I see a big kitchen in a farm type setting close to a beach, big blue skies, time to myself, my children happy in their own skin and knowing what it is they enjoy doing. I also see myself releasing music I think about it every day and I believe that I have more to do in that department.
If you could have chosen a different art form to pursue what would it have been and why?
Singing and writing but I was never particularly organised, more so now after having kids. I’m a firm believer in think it, see it and bring it about and I think more singing and recording..but I still think there’s time for more of that!
There are many things that help drive and inspire an artist but if one of those things were a musical soundtrack, what music would help to get the creative juices flowing?
I love blues, 90’s house, piano house, jazz I also love silence! Ha I find silence gets creativity sparking. I think to get the juices going I’d stick on Nick Drake’s Hazy Jane II. I’ve been listening to David Keye recently a Nottingham pianist/composer his track ‘Causal Acquaintance’ is hauntingly beautiful.
Describe the perfect day for you, combining and balancing a day of creative productivity, along with the necessary unwind?
I’ve learnt that the perfect day is a state of mind. Having two children who love me and who I love so dearly and deeply has taught me (slowly but surely!) that now is the only time to be content. If I start the day well then it generally goes pretty-well from there. I have chosen to be more mindful in my reactions to situations. This has helped me unwind and like myself more and be less critical of myself and others. I declutter my mind and find loving feelings through open heart meditation and yoga (sun salutations). I start the day with freshly juiced pineapple and lime something I do for the kids and a shot of celery; a shot of kombucha and a shot of kefir. I believe getting both the gut and the thyroid in good-shape are critical to feeling well. The happier I become in my own skin the more synchronicity rears its beautiful head to bring about unexpected opportunities. Today I have been shortlisted for a best beauty product award which was out of the blue but because I really believe in what I’m doing I like to think the steps I take mean I’m somehow co-creating. Feels like that anyway!
If you could own any painting in the world, which one would it be and why?
Oh what a question, I’m a romantic soul and I love illustrations so I would probably have to say Egon Schiele’s Libende. Locally I love Celine Siani Djiakoua and Cristina Perez’s work.
I’m a full time mum to four-year-old twins. I have a fledgling start up business, Skin Elixir, I sing in a band and write poetry when the mood takes me. I am also involved in The Nottingham Food Assembly you can find out more here: www.thefoodassembly.com