Occasionally you come across someone on Instagram that makes you scroll and scroll – Felicity Marshall made me do exactly that and I knew I had to find out more about the lass behind the colour-block illustrations and sassy textile prints. Born and raised in Portsmouth Felicity moved to London when she was 18 to study a BA in fashion illustration and graphics at The London College of Fashion. Since her graduation 8 years ago she’s worked for ASOS and Topman as well as constantly undergoing freelance projects for: Zlabels, frieze art fair, sketch restaurant, o2, made from plastic (menswear brand). She’s the perfect example of someone that is working hard to continue to get what she wants and our little chat below provides a little insight into working for some pretty big names – I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.
You’ve worked with such prestigious names on the high-street, how did it all kick off for you?
Thanks! I started off working for a small supplier company where one of our clients was ASOS. I developed a pretty good working relationship with a few of the designers from ASOS through that and it just made more sense for me to be working with them and things kind of went from there…
Did you take any internships after university and if so how useful did you find them?
I interned at Alexander McQueen as a print designer during my third year at uni. I found it really useful actually; interning helps you figure out what you want to do and (if you get a good internship and don’t end up spending two weeks making tea etc) gains you so much experience and knowledge. I found that having a fashion house like McQueen on my CV really helped with getting interviews for other jobs.
Was there ever a time you thought about giving up and pursuing something else?
There was never anything that I wanted to do as much as being creative or being a designer/illustrator. Even during the harder times when it maybe crossed my mind to do something else, it never really came to anything because I couldn’t decide on what new direction to take.
I love the T–shirts you designed for this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and you’ve designed plenty more for ASOS and Topman – how does it feel to know that there are people all over the world wearing your designs? Have you ever seen anyone wearing a Felicity Marshall designed piece?
Again, thanks! The Pitchfork tees were a fun project to work on; its weird to think that people all the way in Chicago were wearing t shirts that I had drawn or designed, but in a good way! The fact it was for something like the Pitchfork Music Festival made it better as I’m a huge fan. I occasionally see people out and about wearing one of my designs and its always nice to think that someone liked something you did enough to spend their money on it.
How do you gather inspiration and do you have any specific ways of collating things you like?
These days we’re lucky as there are so many avenues for gathering inspiration…social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram and tumblr are a constant and immediate source of creativity and inspiration. Also, living in a city like London helps: there are so many galleries and things to see here. Its a massive cliche but you can find inspiration in most things. There are no specific ways that I gather information, basically, if I see something I like I’ll usually just photograph it and keep it on my phone / laptop to look at whenever I need.
What’s the best piece of advice you can offer to all the aspiring creatives out there?
I guess it would be not to give up on what you want to do, if you work hard enough, it will happen.
If you could work with anyone on their next printed textile collection, who would it be?
There are so many people I’d love to work with! Kenzo, Paul Smith, Eley Kishimoto, Celine, Jonathan Saunders, Weekday, Jil Sander to name a few.
What’s next for you/ what’s the dream?
I’d love to travel more, maybe move to another country and work for a designer / brand I like before setting up my own thing. I’d also like to focus on doing more exhibitions over the next year.
Check out Felicity’s website here: www.felicitypmarshall.com and follow her on Instagram here: @felicity.marshall
You won’t regret it!