Fashion as an expression of art – Our exclusive interview with Inslee Haynes

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Inslee Haynes has been an artist ever since she can remember. What started out as a forte in hand made birthday cards turned into a full on note card design business! Inslee is not only an inspiration to young artists, but she is also an inspiration to girls who have talents waiting to be discovered. All it takes is the extra push and we got her eclusive interview!

When did you first discover your creative talents?

I have been drawing and illustrating since I could hold a pen/pencil/crayon! Drawing has always been “my thing” throughout my life. I’ve always known it was what I loved to do and could do well.

 When did your business start picking up?

I began my business while I was a sophomore in college. But after graduation, my business grew much more quickly than it did while I was a student as I finally had more time to devote to drawing and less time to focus on course work.

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Did you ever think you would end up having your own greeting card/calendar/design business?

No! I still can’t believe it sometimes. I guess life has a funny way of turning out like that! Looking back, it makes perfect sense that I would have this career path, but as a little girl I always thought I’d have a different kind of job – probably because back then I didn’t know that it was possible to have a job like this!

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?

Working primarily as an artist that focuses on illustrating the figure means that I have a constantly evolving, shifting source of inspiration and I love it. The world is full of so many talented, beautiful, creative people that I don’t think I could ever run out of motivation even if I wanted to. Its all around!


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Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to designing?

I am inspired by other young artists. Its hard work and its cool to see other people creating and discovering their path in their own unique styles.

How would you describe your own clothing style?

Classic, feminine and simple.

Describe your art in 5 words?

Whimsical and light hearted and of course, fashionable!

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Do you ever have a problem knowing when a painting is finished?

No, I usually work pretty quickly and am confident about how much work a particular piece needs. Occasionally I’ll go back in and make a few minor changes but working with watercolor means that I usually stop before the piece feels too heavy.

Do you think your art expresses something new?

I think my art expresses a classic, almost vintage, sentiment but in a new, fresh illustration style

Where do you usually draw your initial sketches? A park? A cafe? Your room?

I work at my desk at home, although I wish I had time to visit the park or a cafe to draw!  I find that being in a clean, quiet space works best for me.

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What advice can you give to aspiring designers/artists?

Read a lot and look at a lot of other artists works to figure out what style suits you. And have fun with it. If a particular painting starts to feel stifled or frustrating, don’t force yourself to work on it. Start on something fresh and new so that you always love what you are creating.

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