Saturday 20th September 2014

Valeria Alevra

Artist and soon to be textile designer Valeria Alevra share’s with us her insights into her beautifully colorful collages.

What do you do and how did you end up doing it? I do collages the old fashioned way, using paper and glue. I have been doing collages since I was very little, but started creating my own images and floral patterns the winter of 2008.

What are you working on at the moment? I usually work on many things at the same time, which take me a long time to finish. I am currently working on a series of exotic floral mini collages, inspired by the colours and flowers of the summer.

Who are your favourite artists/designers at the moment? Hilary Pecis, and Silvana di Borboni.

Where do you get your inspiration? Nature, and music.

What is the main theme of your work? Flowers, and mysticism.

Which exhibitions have you seen recently? Victorian Visions, at Leighton House Museum. I enjoy vsiting Leighton House a lot.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? A strong cup of coffee, and the thought of new possibilities.

What makes you laugh? I’m easily amused, and I have a dry sense of humor. As cliche as it may be, funny cat videos make me laugh a lot.

Where do you normally hang out? I don’t go out much, but I do enjoy a glass of wine at the Holly Bush pub in Hampstead, it is wonderfully secluded and old-fashioned, and makes me feel I’m in the countryside.

What annoys you? Slow-walking people who block the whole pavement

Where’s your perfect place to get down with a good book? It may sound strange, but I enjoy reading on the Underground!

What are your current obsessions? Oat bran.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you? My baby nephew!

What’s on your bedside table? A pair of earplugs, and my alarm clock.

What do you never leave the house without? My debit card.

What can we expect from you next? I’m growing very interested in textile arts, and I’m in the process of creating some floral upholstery and tapestry, as well as wallpaper!Exciting!

What do you thing will be the next big art trend? I believe painting is slowly coming back. The art world is quietly becoming tired of modern art and people crave for pure romanticism.

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