Lucy Barge

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?

Since I was very wee all I wanted to do was colour in.

What medium do you work in?

Watercolour and textiles.

What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?

I studied, fine art, fashion and textiles, to create has always been my main mission, doing all sorts of jobs at the same time to fund my new design ideas.

How has your practice changed over time?

Before I only wanted to paint flowers and I felt satisfied to design something I thought to be simply aesthetically beautiful. Now I paint flowers with endangered animals and apply my designs to up-cycled denim jackets. The message behind my designs is very important to me now, I design to inspire a creative solution to our environmental crisis.

What Does Your Art Mean to You? What Does Your Artwork Represent?

My artwork is all about appreciating detail of our beautiful natural world and creating awareness about our responsibility to look after it.

How and when did you started creating….?

From when I was wee, colouring in, whenever I could.

How would you describe your creations?

Prints that are colourful celebrations of nature’s beauty, applied to forever stylish second hand denim jackets.

What inspires you?

Nature in all in colours and textures.

Where do you show / sell your art?

I show my designs on Instagram/Facebook and sell from my online shop- and occasional markets.

Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?

Definitely, i believe art to be truly therapeutic and I love to take part in community upcycling workshops, when there is an added emphasis on recycling/looking after our planet as well as creating and having fun.

Who are your biggest influences?

Growing up on the west coast of Scotland in beautiful nature I was very lucky and much of my initial inspiration came from my Mum’s garden, so I'd say she has been influential encouraging my passion for flowers and painting them.

More recently Fashion revolution- a global movement calling for greater transparency in the fashion industry, have been very influential to me, I wholeheartedly want to be a part of this movement. I feel passionate about being part of a change and to encourage people to think more about how they spend their money.

Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?

I see a sustainable movement in art and design, that I believe more and more people are noticing and recognising it’s importance.

What difference has working with SDX made to your business?

I have only started selling last month and I only sold one jacket so it’s hard to say yet but I am hopeful for this Christmas period and even if I don’t sell many jackets It is great promotion.

This is the first time I try to sell in a shop so it’s experience and I am hoping it will help me gauge my market.