“…I think I’m always trying to get back to my childhood; to get back to the wonder I felt as a seven year old and to take people with me…”
Rich in colours and details, Downie’s illustrations blend harmoniously with Gucci’s bold new era, one that is only richer for her presence in it.
As her new Gucci collaboration is unveiled, we sit down with Unskilled Worker to discover the places that inspire her evocative practice
If you aren’t yet familiar with the wide-eyed, slightly haunting figures in Unskilled Worker’s (Real name: Helen Downie) colorful portraits, do yourself a favor and get acquainted.
“If Downie is already a big deal to a certain switched-on audience, then she is about to get even bigger: the new 40-piece collection brings together one of the fashion world’s favourite artists (her) and the most talked-about brand of the moment (Gucci). The two have history….”
While the combination of loaded, disturbing, sad and superb storytelling, distortion, and beauty make her work a must-see, Unskilled Worker is also a pleasure to talk to. We dug a little deeper into what certain colours mean to her right now, her painting process, and faces. Here’s what she had to say.