So. This is what I’ve been doing for the past month – aside from roaming around Dorset. I was asked by the lovely owner of the soon-to-be opened Audrey Grace Boutique to create some artworks to sell as prints. Now, suffice to say I was rather excited about this as it’s my first real commission – if you don’t count painting my Aunt’s cat!
I’ll post some of my work and a few process photos soon, but for now here’s an interview with the owner of the boutique, Jaclyn. She loves Lula, need I say more…
1. Tell me about yourself.
I am from Jackson, Mississippi- a small city in the deep south. I currently live in New York City where I am in final year of university studying acting. I plan to pursue an acting career. I also love fashion very much, and hope it will always be a part of what I do.
2. What inspired you to set up the Audrey Grace Boutique?
I wanted to bring all the beautiful things I had found all over the world back home. I had actually wanted to open a boutique for a while.. I dreamed about it. I cannot believee it’s happening!
3. Considering the name of your boutique, what are you favourite Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly films?
It’s really hard to chose, but..
Audrey: Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, My Fair Lady
Grace: To Catch A Thief
4. I hear you are also a fan of the fabulous Lula magazine. If you could create a magazine of your own what would it be like?
Yes, I adore Lula! I’d love to work for them. If I could start a magazine I think it would be really original and full of wonderful people and things. It would be very girly, also! I actually thought about doing just that with all the lovely contacts I have made through the boutique.
5. What are some of your favourite books, magazines and blogs?
This is a loooonggg list
books: Classics like The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, A Farewell to Arms, The Virgin Suicides, The Reader, Notes on A Scandal, The Awakening, Luella’s Guide to English Style, All of Tennessee Williams plays, Phillipa Gregory and Allison Weir’s novels, lots of biographies (a really varied list!)
magazines: Lula, Vogue (US & UK), Harper’s Bazaar (UK), Teen Vogue, NYLON, Material Girl, LOVE, Interview
Blogs: Fancy Fine, The Cherry Blossom Girl, Wish wish wish, It girl rag doll, Hannah and Landon, Sea of Fertility, various designer’s and shop’s blogs etc.. There are so many amazing blogs this could go on forever!
6. Who are some of your favourite artists and designers?
Artists- I love the art work of the Pre-Raphaelites. Millais is my all time favorite. Also Monet and Degas. Also today I admire the work of Mercedes Helnwein, and all of the artists that I am working with for my shop.
Designers- Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Rochas, Luella (she was my all time favorite), Miu Miu, Prada, Honor, Calla, Chloe, Marchesa, House of Holland, Erdem, Christopher Kane, Giles, Meadham Kirchoff, Alberta Ferretti, Band of Outsiders, Anna Sui, Carven, Givenchy, Imitation, Mulberry, etc. I love London fashion designers and all of the designers I am carrying in my shop.
7.What music have you been listening to recently?
This is really bad.. but I don’t really listen to popular music. I listen to Broadway soundtracks or movie soundtracks! I love She & Him, though! ( Don’t worry Jaclyn, I listen to soundtracks aswell – Chicago, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly… I could go on!)
8.What does the future hold for you and the Audrey Grace Boutique?
I hope to continue pursuing acting. I think Audrey Grace will always be a part of me and I’d love to open it as a permanent shop one day.
The Boutique will sell items from all sorts of wonderful designers and artists; from Erin Fetherston, to Up The Wooden Hills, Genevieve Godbout, Family Affairs, Wayward Daughter, TBA and Alice Takes A Trip (And more!). Below you can see some examples of all these wonderful things…
So, If your near…
Audrey Grace Boutique
Lakeland Square Plaza
1000 Lakeland Square Extension
…in December there’ll be lots of lovely things to buy (Christmas gifts maybe?) and inspiration galore!