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“…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…”


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Brooklyn, NY. Photo by @bobpirrmann.

New York, NY.

An Interview with journalist Alexander Fury

Watch a live interview with Unskilled Worker in her London studio, with journalist Alexander Fury in collaboration with Another Magazine. The British artist will talk about her work that appears on the Gucci capsule collection…. 

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Photo courtesy of Gucci.

New York, NY.

The 'unskilled worker' painting for Gucci

A 52-year-old London mum of four who picked up a painting brush for the first time four years ago is now illustrating the latest Gucci clothing collection.

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London, UK. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid

Unskilled Worker on her new collaboration with Gucci

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.

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Milan, Italy

The Whimsical Artist Behind Gucci’s New Capsule Collection

As her new Gucci collaboration is unveiled, we sit down with Unskilled Worker to discover the places that inspire her evocative practice

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New York, NY

Paris, France.

Talking with Unskilled Worker

To mark the collection’s release, Gucci commissioned Dazed Media Studio to create a film featuring Downie and shot by photographic duo Hill & Aubrey.

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Paris, France.

London Artist Unskilled Worker on Her Painting Process & Gucci Collaboration

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.

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London, UK. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid.

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The Sunday Times

“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….”

Shanghai, China

A color palette for now, by Unskilled Worker

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.

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London, UK. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid

London, UK. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid