The final in this series is all about inspiration and introducing you to other inspiring creatives

Who are three creatives you look up to and why?

Courtney Sanders - Editor

Alexander Fury - the fashion editor at The Independent in the UK. He is just such a veracious, unapologetic writer who speaks honestly in an industry where speaking honestly is very rare.

Henry Holland - designer and founder, House of Holland. I’ve always admired Henry Holland’s story - from culture journalist at Smash Hits to designer of cheeky slogan t-shirts, to designer of internationally renowned fashion brand. I got to interview him recently and I came to the conclusion – which is also pretty obvious if you look at his work – that the secret to his success is that he hasn’t taken fashion too seriously and has imbued his brand with this very English humour sensibility, and as a result it’s hilarious and touches a nerve with the girls who love it. Also, his collections are based on hilarious things, like, for example, his latest collection (spring 2015, out now), is based on Cynthia Plaster Caster, a groupie from the ‘70s who used to go backstage and make plastic casts of rock ’n’ roll stars’ junk. Yes, this is an actual thing that happened! It’s hilarious! 

Guy Shield - Illustrator

It’s tough to name just a few, however ultimately it’s these 3:

Chris Gardner - He’s a lesser known illustrator from House Industries that deserves so much credit for his craft. He’s single-handedly the biggest reason I still use a brush and ink and quite a traditional method to my work. I discovered his work years ago, and nervously sent him an email to express my appreciation and pick his brain on a few things. What began was a decade long appreciation-fest, where he dispensed a tonne of advice on drawing, inking and gave me a whole heap of amazing stuff. I have one of his originals up on my walls at home. There’s so much confidence to his brushwork that I freak out every time I look at it. It’ll take me years to even get to close to his level, but his work represents a major stepping stone to bettering my craft. 

Adrian Tomine - I try not to emulate his style too much, but it’s really difficult because his work is simply stunning and totally influential. He draws for the New Yorker and had a litany of amazing graphic novels that I’m constantly re-reading. His colour palettes are always so understated and beautiful, and his story-telling is touching, engaging and challenging. Simply top notch.

Hiroshi Yoshida - He’s long gone from this world, but we’re talking about one of the most stunning woodblock print artists from the early 20th century. His colour and line is completely enviable, and the peacefulness to his scenes, and compositional balance is insanely great. Furthermore, this guy was achieving all the things by hand that I can’t even get close to in photoshop. Insanely patient process driven genius.

Jo Duck - Photographer

Alice Hawkins - Her work is all about excess and pop culture. She's just brilliant at it and her love of Dolly Parton rivals my own.

David Lynch - I can't even start talking about why, just know that I love him. For obvious reasons I guess. And for his immaculate hair.

Edith Head - She was the costume designer on some of the best movies from the golden age of Hollywood - an era I'm really fascinated by. She designed the outfits for Grace Kelly in Rear Window and To Catch A Thief. Doesn't get much better than that.

Can I also put John Waters on here? He is the bees knees and I wish I could have him over for dinner. Every week.

Luke Lucas - Typographer

From a lettering and typography perspective, the late Herb Lubalin is a massive inspiration to me and my work. His studio’s type work is still as fresh today as it was 30 or 40 years ago.

From an illustration perspective, being an 80s skater kid I’ve always looked up to the work of Jim Phillips. He’s artwork pretty much defined the aesthetic of a 1980s skateboarding.

Not that it informs my work but as a creative I have an immense amount of respect for the work of Jonathan Zawada. His ability to cross over between so many mediums and blur the lines between fine-art,  technology, illustration and high end design is really impressive. He’s always ahead of the game.

Dan Ahwa - Fashion Editor for Canvas Magazine and Viva Magazine, The New Zealand Herald

Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large, - I don't know many writers reporting on fashion today who don't have some sort of respect for Tim. Yes he's Kiwi and we're all proud of that fact, but I admire his use of words. He's like a songwriter with the way he writes his reviews and his knowledge of things outside of clothes and the way he brings pop culture, art and music and connects that to what he does and writes about is incredible.

Lucinda Chambers, Fashion Director, British Vogue - I appreciate her personal style, she epitomizes everything that people love about British fashion, and she's frankly one of the best Fashion Editors of all time.

Zoe Walker, Fashion Features and Digital Editor, Viva, The New Zealand Herald - Not being biased here, but Zoe really is one of the most inspiring creative people I know and I love her for it. She manages to work in a way that always challenges people around her to be better and thoughtful with the work they produce. She's an inspiring writer and journalist and is a great example of someone who let's her work speak for itself, something I respect and admire in other creative people.

Image Credit - Luke Lucas

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