West Elm Portraits

CSM Degree Show

West Elm is a Brooklyn based home decor store that collaborates with independent designers and craft communities. In need for a part time job I started working for West Elm, London.

The store has an exciting creative environment that attracts staff from various design backgrounds. My colleagues were talented individuals brimming with creativity. As dancers, musicians, artists and designers these individuals inspired me to represent the West Elm community in a series of portraits.

Capturing the human form on a two dimensional surface is both exciting and challenging. A portrait can be intrusive, exploiting the very notion of privacy. It is a very intimate representation of an individual. Studying, drawing and painting my colleagues proved to be a great learning experience. As an Illustrator this is one of my first series of portraits and I immensely enjoyed the challenge.