Bramble Lee Pryde | @le.lou.ula | Q+A
Interview by @jfgerrard
1)IN ONE SENTENCE..WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am try to bridge the gap between craft + fine art by making sculptural adornment.
2) WHO | WHAT DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
It changes from collection to collection, each collection inspires the next. For example, my most recent collection, “Quotidien”, was to make things a little more wearable, but still challenge that perception of everyday wear. But with my latest collection, it’s super deconstructed.
It’s all about the process, not about the outcome, + just getting back to the idea that I have the privilege of being able to experiment with things for a living: using different types of metals, different types of materials. I’m inspired to challenge the idea of “why can’t you have functionality in a piece of fine art?” “Why can’t you wear a piece of art?”
3) HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH D.I.T.R.O COME ABOUT?:
She made me do it [lol]. We have been living in A similar realm the past year, right before she moved in. We have been wanting to collaborate with one another for a long time. It kept coming up in conversation “We need to do something together!” “Your words need to be in my jewellery.”
Our collaboration came about from a little rant session about the hardships of being a designer, being taken advantage of, + how can we turn around + not be salty about it. here we are now, about to release our collaboration with a very tongue + cheek moment.
4) WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN ARTIST / ENTREPRENEUR ?
I don’t think there has ever been a time where I haven’t been an artist + where I haven’t not allowed to be an artist. My path has been varied + I’ve tried to be something I’m not, but if I didn’t take the corporate route for a few years, I wouldn’t be the entrepreneur that I am now within artistry. Let’s be honest, no one in art school teaches you how to run yourself as a business.
5) WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE PAST 5 YEARS?
The past 5 years have taught me resilience. I’m firm in what I believe, + that can maybe bother people, but I’m at that point where I don’t fucking care what other people think. I have to be happy with myself before I care if someone likes me or not. This is what you get. You can’t be all things people.
6) WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 5 YEARS FROM NOW?
Keep doing exactly what I’m doing, but richer [lol].
7)ANY ADVICE YOU’D LIKE TO GIVE OUT TO ANYONE WHO IS JUST STARTING OUT AS A DESIGNER?
Save lots of money. Definitely learn all techniques + find your voice. Don’t show your work to people till you’re ready. Do the work.