Artist, designer, DJ; Margot Bowman is a London-based creative whose chaotic, brash, colour-laden and delightfully 21st-century-punk aesthetic is in high demand. When she’s not collaborating with fashion brands (from up-and-coming to high street), magazines (of AnOther and Dazed & Confused’s ilk), or the likes of Kiehl’s, Links of London, or Oxfam; she’s bashing out her own superlative work or DJing at launch parties and club nights. In short: Bowman is a creative who instills envy in even the most talented.
Epitomising the eccentricity and freedom of great British design, we spoke to Margot; talking inspirations, black pudding, and a healthy disregard for nostalgia…
Where’s your hometown, and where are you based now?
I’m a born and raised Londoner; from north, but now I’m east.
Do you think location affects creativity?
Yes totally – but I don’t really think there are ‘creative places’ or ‘un-creative places’ – everything is interesting if you’re interested.
Is Britain’s creative industry too London-centric?
Probably, but hi-speed broadband should change that.
How would you describe British creativity?
Highly flexible, accepting of imperfection and fast paced.
Has being British had an effect on your discipline?
I think coming out of Central Saint Martins, which is sort of the archetype of the London creative experience, taught me that I can do anything; that it’s ok to make mistakes and to be quite fearless. There’s this sort of hangover from Colonialism in the British creative mindset.
What do you think the rest of the world’s view of British creativity is?
Somewhere between Vivene Westwood, Dyson and Buckingham Palace.
The Swinging ’60s, punk, Hacienda-era Manchester… is there one period of intense British creativity that you’d like to have been a part of, and why?
I’m happy I’m alive and young and making work right now – the world is changing so much; it’s an amazing opportunity to be making work, in and about the reality we live in. I’m sick of people fantasising about the past – nostalgia is bullshit.
Where in Britain do you feel most inspired?
On my bicycle.
What makes you smile?
The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given…
Honesty is the best policy.
Fish and chips, Cornish pasties… what’s your favourite British dish?
What’s next for you?
I’m realising my first animated fashion film for Test x Costume National – so things that move, and more adventures…