Lulu is 19, a student and loved reggae, spirals, sunsets, dried apricots and G&Ts. ‘I’m here to contribute to the exciting new world of online media,’ says Lulu. ‘Where everyone has a voice.’
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m writing about all the things I do as a student in London, in the hope of inspiring and informing others who are getting lost on the same pavements as I am.
What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?
Personal blogs are like online collages. I love the combining of unexpected items; for me collages accurately reflect the way human minds can dart about. Mood boards for fashion are works of art in themselves.
I like combining small images from magazines and creating my own mood board each season. I have a big book at home that, although I can’t show you online, contains some of my personal favourites. For me, the next step is to learn to collage words in an abstract yet lucid way.
What inspires your work?
My inspirations are people who make art accessible to everyone.
When David Hockney displayed images that he had created using his used his ipad as a medium at the RA, it shocked me! I was so impressed by his embracing of new technology. Innovation is what makes the world go round. Hipsters that walk around with big cameras around their necks are paving the way for fashion: designers now create more street-style-orientated pieces.
I love graffiti; Banksy’s film Exit Through the Gift Shop exposes how desperate we are to get on board the next big thing (like graffiti). Banksy was saying, to my eyes, that there may be copy-cat bullshitters out there, but maybe their bullshitting becomes an art form in itself- with each repetition the meaning changes! Embrace it!
Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?
The authors who really inspire me are those who can write clearly and simply, and yet create a big impact with their words. For example, Steinbeck, Hemingway and Camus write their version of the truth seemingly with ease! It’s understated but really effective.
Of course, my mum is also an inspiration. She is a writer and editor, and is always striving to do better- never ceasing to improve (despite all her many achievements already). She inspires me to try my hardest, and to be open-minded and embrace old and new art forms, alike.
My BFF, Sophia, is a poet (and she does know it). Gorgeous, encouraging, inspiring, Sophia listens to my whimsical whining every hour of the day. I owe her a lot!
Finally, the Guardian newspaper columnists are absolutely hilarious, and refreshingly down to earth. Tim Dowling’s antics of family life are my Saturday morning highlight. Charlie Brooker can epitomise what’s wrong with our society and exploit it to the limits of comedy- and the start of insanity.
Read more of Lulu’s work on her blog, My London Holt.