With a background in Fine Art and graduating in 2006 with a degree in Special Effects Makeup from the London College of Fashion, Holly Silius has a broad range of expertise within fashion, music, theatre, film & TV. She now mainly works in fashion for editorials such as i.D and The Hunger. Having always nurtured a love of 3D objects, sculpting and the need to create, Silius developed the beauty and jewellery brand H&H Body Adornment alongside designer Hannah Warner.
The brand continues to grow in scope and success, with artists including Madonna and Beyonce wearing their pieces and with a growing list of stockists carrying their newest lines including Colette, Net-a-Porter and Selfridges.
Similarly her brand Shimmer Twins Treasure Lashes has been stocked in ASOS and Urban Outfitters. To find out more about super creative artist Holly Silius, visit her website www.hollysilius.com and check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I wouldn’t want to define myself in a sentence!
Whom do you look up to?
I love artists past and present in all different areas from Tamara De Lempicka to Grace Jones. The real expressionists.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
I think some of the biggest influences are from childhood without you even realising! Music, art and travel are my biggest influences, Im not sure if particluar personlaities or people are. Music videos from the 80s & 90s, poignant films, Walt Disney, John Waters, Grace Jones.
What made you want to become an artist?
I’m fortunate that for me art comes naturally and that it kind of became me, its always been in me, I love it, I love that I notice things that other people don’t, like an exquiset chair or stone carving in a corner. It started by me just being given the freedom to make things and draw and paint, encouraged to sit and copy things. I remember my dad got me a huge expensive wooden box of every single colouring pencil you could ever imagine when I was really young! I just wanted to be creative and really submerged myself into my art from an early teen and through into university where I studied at London College of Fashion. At the London Institute they really drum into you becoming part of a whole story of where your art comes from, it has to have a story and true depth.
What was your favourite project and why?
So many favourite projects! My Vogue Italia Eyelash face video has to be one of my favourites! Myself and the director Zaiba Jabbar just bounced off each other and I built a vision out of fake lashes upon the face, it was super intense but we created something totally unique!
However a whole other project my jewelry business H&H is a a long on going project and truly a favorite aswel, it stemmed from my thrive upon creative adrenaline and I think that’s why its had so much attention as it was so organic. Watch this space for more on that! www.handhnails.com
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
I would say most people are sheep and breaking through those barriers is the hardest thing, and creating new work and exciting visual treats is one of the most fulfilling things so at the same time it doesn’t matter if you don’t get credit or praise as long as its feeding your creative soul you are on to a winner!
What’s your personal motto?
‘Beauty is imperfection’. People constantly ask me what beauty is as a makeup artist and you can’t define it. It’s in the eye of the beholder.
How do you define creativity?
Defining creativity is really difficult, not being vanilla and dogmatic! It can be so subtle, I would say letting your mind wander into the depth and realms you didn’t even know existed, you cant put an actual definition on it as it’s a constant vortex of rechurned ideas and imagination.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
There’s no time span on how anything ideally happens, its just a flow! Bide your time.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
I could give london up! Go and seek a new chapter!
All images © Holly Silius