London Fashion Week has begun and it’s only a few days til our MORTE COUTURE catwalk fashion illustration special at Cass Art! Have you got your tickets yet?
Our final designer is a maker of wonderfully magical and surreal animal masks.
Full interview can be found on the Cass Art blog soon, but in the mean time here is a sneak preview!
We’re delight to be revealing Cecilia Lundqvist’s magical masks on the catwalk, transforming our models into animal creatures (including Cecilia who herself will model at the event). Hear about her dreams, love for lobsters, what mask she’d make for a dead Swedish king and the joys of ‘procratination’.
Cecilia grew up in Sweden with her head full of wolf worries and wild wood ideas, in the
margin of city and countryside. To support her film studies in London she worked as an artist model and both activities fed a growing fascination for masks and nakedness, veils and transparency and the capacity for storytelling embedded in our bodies.
Cecilia started to created animal masks “to wear in Urbia, a reality informed by dream”. Inspired and encouraged by Coco de Mer she further developed her designs made by recycled vintage fur over a spider light paper base. Her animal characters are now cult collectibles and Cecilia continues to create new designs for the beast within…
Image: Cecilia Lundqvist wearing one of her animal mask creations
So tell us a bit about yourself and your masks? How long have you been creating them and what inspired you to start creating them?
I have always been drawing lots and making stuff. Parallel to this I have been an artist model since I was 16. My masks are actually linked to my life modelling. I started to infuse my poses with theatre, costumes and props and turned it into a physical story telling performance. My first masks were very crude and DIY, not at all to be sold, and I used them to create these characters I lived out whilst doing my model theatre.
If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Hmm, maybe a lobster. I don’t know why but I’m very triggered by crustaceans, sea molluscs, oysters and especially lobsters. I think they are one of the most amazing graphic designs in nature. It is one of the new characters I’m hoping to finish design this year.
We can’t wait to see what animals our models are transformed into!
Find out more about Cecilia’s designs here. Come and draw them on Tuesday or Thursday with us at CASS ART!
Cecilia Lundqvist | Cecilia joins To Devise