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
British artist Helen Downie, who works under the moniker Unskilled Worker, creates whimsical painted worlds filled with wide-eyed protagonists, animals and flowers, all rendered with a delightful attention to pattern, texture and colour. Her work is nostalgic yet contemporary, complex yet childlike, and above all intriguing. Today marks the launch of a new collaboration between Unskilled Worker and Gucci – a 40-piece capsule collection, ranging from ready-to-wear to shoes, bags and accessories, all bearing Downie’s playful, instinctively crafted illustrations.