TILLYTHINGS IS RUN BY CHLOE LEBOW, A LONDON BASED FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR SPECIALISING IN RECOGNISABLE AND MEMORABLE GRAPHIC PORTRAITS AND INTERIORS. SHE IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING ON HER FIRST CHILDREN'S BOOK WITH PUBLISHERS.
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?
All the masters, from Dior to Oscar de la Renta. I am also heavily influenced by artists like Klimt, Rembrandt and Warhol, shows like SATC, authors, photographers, history, films, my friends; lots of things. I have to say though my creativity is heavily inspired by the likes of NWA, especially Dre.
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ART IS THERAPEUTIC: IT'S A FORM OF EXPRESSION. TO WHAT EXTENT HAS ART AND CREATIVITY PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR LIFE?
I cannot imagine my life without drawing. My grandad was an author and illustrator and my mum was a textile designer so most Sunday afternoons as a child were spent at galleries and workshops. I have always been inspired by fashion and portrait photography and when I was young, I used to draw over the figures of my mum’s magazine covers. I have an ever expanding collection of journals and sketchbooks which has always been something I turn to in order de- stress, all of my books throughout school were packed with little sketches to my teaches dismay!
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST PINCH-ME MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?
I am a huge entourage fan and I had Adrian Grenier and Jeremy Piven post my drawings which was sick. I was obsessed with Bratz growing up so it felt surreal to be recognised by them! More recently though, I was featured in Stylist and You magazine for my collaboration with Radley bags and The south place hotel. That was pretty cool.
IF YOU COULD HAVE A POWER HOUR WITH ONE WOMAN IN THE WORLD, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Annie Leibovitz, Cher or JK Rowling - they’re goals in different ways.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO SET UP TILLYTHINGS?
Tillythings actually started as a pet brand but I didn’t continue that for long and found my own style by creating fashion designs using animal heads. Like art, fashion is a big part of me and early on, i had a random commission off a blogger I admired which helped me decide to actively start pursuing this as a business. Eventually I developed my own signature style that i could be proud of.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THOSE LOOKING TO FREELANCE?
Work hard but remember that there is more to life than work! Keep creating, learn from other people and don’t be afraid to experiment while focusing on your own strengths. I would say anything is possible If you know your craft. I think it’s just about figuring out what works for you. But don’t forget to Get enough sleep and go for walks!