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A Day with… Charlotte Edey

Today we are joined by one of our favourite artists Charlotte Edey. Edey talks us through her typical work day and shares her secrets to keeping motivated as a freelance artist. Showing that perseverance is key to making it in the creative industry. Working across print, tapestries and ceramics, Edey has featured in publications including ID Magazine, Dazed and Vanity Fair. From her dreamy illustrations to her mystical tapestries, if that’s not enough to have you falling in love with her artwork and inspire you, what is? Edey is 26 and shares a flat with her sister in North London.

Photography by Delilah Olson © DATEAGLE ART 2018

How do you start your mornings and ease your way into the day?

I’m quite a late worker, so (deadline dependent) my mornings tend to start a little later. I’ll usually wake up and have a quick bath between checking emails, sorting out any pressing deliveries or errands and making lunch before starting to work. Lunch is generally something easy like mushrooms and tomatoes on toast with fruit to snack on later on. My flat is always freezing so I’m usually wearing head to toe knitwear (less chic than it sounds).

Photography by Delilah Olson © DATEAGLE ART 2018

What does a typical work day involve?

I would usually start after lunch by going through any of my inspirations or notes on the project and arranging direction reminders within eyeline (postcards, still life arrangements, books). I find scented candles and incense calming while I’m working. I much prefer working to the sound of conversation, so it’ll usually be podcasts or a series I’ve watched before, so it’s comforting without being distracting.

A surprising amount of my time is spent running around: to and from the post office, meeting clients or customers, dropping work to galleries, picking work back up, so I try and condense my ‘errand days’ into one where possible. My hours vary massively depending on the project, but I feel at my most productive early evening.

Photography by Delilah Olson © DATEAGLE ART 2018

What keeps you motivated and where do you look to for inspiration?

Stubbornness! For inspiration, I collect things a lot, both objects and digital bookmarking visual prompts, so I like to have altars and arrangements to spark imagination and keep me on track.

Edey and her ‘Repair’ Tapestry

Your biggest achievement so far?

I’m proud of the embroidery works and the chance to continue exploring materially. It really adds a dimension to the tapestries and it’s very soothing.

Your last adventure?

Most recent adventure was to Los Angeles & Palm Springs for a friend’s wedding. Palm Springs felt like a virtual reality set, pristine and surrounded by mountains. We spent the rest of the trip in Joshua Tree, visiting the national park, Salton Sea, Bombay Beach and Salvation Mountain in the days. We stayed in an RV in the desert, with nights watching stars next to the campfire. It was hazy and otherwordly!

Charlotte’s own imagery from her recent trip to California

Here’s the tough one…If you could only listen to one song, read one book, watch one film and speak to one person for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

That’s completely impossible! I’m not a one anything person really, most of my taste is basically like tapas – a little bit of this and that. That said, I could probably watch Mad Men back to back for the rest of my life.

Edey in conversation with Juno Calypso at Flowers Gallery

Any inspiring Instagram accounts for us to follow?

I’ve gotten lost a few times in brrch_floral, thegreatwomenartists, sophiepinet, ishii_nobuo, head_on_ for jewellery & decorhardcore. I find Diego Cabezas feed completely dreamy too.

How do you maintain work/life balance as a freelancer?

I don’t think I have this successfully down yet. It’s lovely to have freelance friends who understand your schedule (and keep me company while I’m sewing!) but I do find it hard to set boundaries. It’s so often that work/life bleed into each other, particularly when you work from home. I’m getting better at giving myself time off between projects and I’m always grateful to be busy.

How do you wind down at the end of the day?

Perfect switch-off would be early evening G&T in the bath with a book and then dinner with my boyfriend or friends.

A selection of Edey’s illustrations and tapestries can be purchased on our website @edey_

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