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An interview with illustrator Quentin Jones

Talking To: Quentin Jones

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11th May 2012

Quentin Jones is a London-based illustrator known for her fresh approach and original designs. Her recent projects have seen her working with everyone from Chanel to Vogue. Making films, mixed media images, illustrations and installations, Quentin has taken the design world by storm.

You often discuss how your modelling career and society’s perception of the female form inspired your creative work, would you say that’s still true now?
Generally I wouldn’t say these sorts of issues are at the front of my thoughts- but when I started out I was still modelling almost full-time so the knock-on effect is more visible in my work. I am about to put out a film with me semi-nude and painting myself. I’m sure if I was still at art school it would be interpreted with all sorts of feminist flavours.

If you had to make only stop-motion films, illustrations or window displays for the rest of your life, which would you chose?
Tough one- can I say I would just make films? I might want to make non-stop motion ones too. If not then I’d take making painted images.

What’s been your career highlight to date?
Working with dream brands like Chanel, and more recently Kenzo

Do you have any projects in the pipeline you’re particularly excited about?
My new film for Kenzo, and a project lined up for Louis Vuitton!

In a dream world, who would you make a stop-motion film for?
I am super keen to make a music video- maybe for Grimes, Hot Chip, Beyonce would be amazing. Fashion-wise I would love to work for Prada, Miu Miu, Celine or Stella McCartney

How does the process of creating a piece of work for high profile clients come to life? Do they have a very clear idea of what they want or do they allow you creative freedom?
I think when people choose to work with me it is because they want me to come up with something pretty different- something they would not have necessarily had clear vision for themselves. This means I get to come back with quite original ideas. Having said that I always need to get the thumbs up from them in the end.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be an actress or a chef.