You might remember Abbey Watkins from our Spring 2014 Volcomunity collection; the brutally talented girl behind the popular instagram and blog "Tobacco and Leather". As we already mentioned then, after being a model for us, she now got to show what she’s really about by doing art for our Fall Volcomunity line (in stores now). We sat down at her studio home in London and picked her brain for a bit.
How did you decide what to draw for Volcom Women’s FA14 Volcomunity collection?
It was different for each piece. For the first I was given a brief of florals, so I had some room to move around in that area by adding tail bones and spines as leaves and skulls amongst the flowers. The second I think I was pretty free to do what I wanted, it really helped having met some of the team on the photoshoot in Lisbon to get a good idea of what Volcomunity was about and I went with the imagery I love, skulls, snakes, women and eyes.
We’ve noticed that you usually draw in pencil (black n white), how did it feel to do a colored print?
Yeah everything’s usually pretty black and white using pencil most of the time. I use color when I work digitally, which is what I did for the florals. It was cool to put some more life into it with color.
Which piece in the collection is your favorite and why?
I love the washed out, old looking t-shirt with the snake and the skull print on it. It’s the kind of thing you can throw on everyday.
Your home/studio looks amazing – do you put a lot of time on it or is it just rad by accident?
Thank you. It’s not something I’m really doing on purpose, although I think it’s important to be in a space that vibrates with what you’re doing. I don’t tend to spend a lot of money on that kind of thing, although I’d love to collect taxidermy and more art. I just seem to be collecting it as I go and hanging it up around me. I’m also blessed with some friends who make wonderful art and are generous enough to swap with mine.
You moved to London from Manchester not too long ago. What's your favorite part about living in the big city?
The gigs. I still can’t believe I can see online that a band I love is playing, jump on the tube and be watching them 40 minutes later. The museums are great and I need to explore the libraries. I don’t get out all that much but you can get a taste of anything you want here.
If you want to read more about Abbey, you can find a more in depth interview HERE.
Photo credits go to our fabulous Photography Voice Britta Burger and big thanks to Lomo for contributing film.