Born in 1983, Anna Halarewicz graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Wroclaw on the drawing faculty. Fashion and its impact on people is the has significant element of her work. Anna has had several individual exhibitions and her work have been published in many fashion magazines including Twój Styl, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, OOB Magazine, Newsweek. Cooperative with Tatuum, LaMania, Bizuu, Dr Irena Eris, Kinnarps, Gagamodels and many others.
Jonathan: Hi Anna, first thing I must say is your work is beautiful and love your style. Where does your inspiration come from? Any heroes?
Anna: Thank you, that’s so nice to hear this. My inspirations… hmmm… there are many of them. Inspiration is mixing colors… into forms, and music, music and its rhythms, but the best of all is mixing all of it together as a whole – like a fashion show for example. For years now, I am always inspired by Alexander McQueen’s shows.
Jonathan: The art world is such a competitive place. What was the moment you realized you wanted to be an artist? Could you share the story of your first professional job?
Anna: That’s true, you need to have a strong character and a lot of self-discipline to “survive” and not to give up especially after the first failures and words of criticism. For a very long time, I knew that I wanted to create… in fact, I couldn’t see myself as doing anything else… therefore that is why the choice was always easy and obvious to me. Ever since I took art in school, I always knew what I wanted to be, my very first piece was an illustration.
Jonathan: Do prefer working in traditional mediums or digitally? Could you talk a little about your creative process and how you work?
Anna: I use traditional mediums in 99% of my work. I simply can’t resist the pleasure of being soiled up to the elbows 😉 (laugh). I love to feel the texture of the paper. Anyway, I have so many types of them, that with all the different kinds of paint, it gives me unlimited amount of combinations.
Jonathan: How important is fashion important to you on a personal level? What could you never leave the house without?
Anna: Fashion is important, but I don’t go insane over it. For sure, I wouldn’t leave my house without headphones… and anytime I am going out, my biggest challenge is… to remove all the hair from my black clothes… my cat is unbearable… and it’s white, and it’s everywhere.
Jonathan: Who are your favorite designers?
Anna: As I have mentioned before, I love Alexander McQueen, especially the collections made while he was alive… form 2009 and 2010. I also love the craziness of Galliano. I was so happy to see his come back and I am waiting for his new collections. Gaultier and Lacroix are perfect for painting and of course adorned shows by Dolce & Gabbana. Of course, I am mentioning here my favorite designers “for painting”. For wearing, except McQ obviously, I love everything made by Rick Owens.
Jonathan: Has there been a favorite moment for you in your career so far?
Anna: Each project is making me happy in a different way because all of them are different. Therefore in my profession, I am never bored and this stimulates the process of creativity to reach higher and higher. What I appreciate the most is the cooperation with clients who give me the freedom to create and their trust – that I am a professional and they know, that for me it is very important and when I sign my name to the finished project, I am not ashamed of it 😉
Jonathan: Lastly, what advice would give to someone who dreams of working in Fashion Illustration or the art world in general?
Anna: I get this question very often… or maybe it is said in a different way… what can I do to paint like you? That is the wrong kind of question. First of all, you need to find your own way in the world, where everything seems so similar with very little originality. You need to love what you are doing, never give up and always keep on trying to improve your skills.
Jonathan: Thank you, Anna, it was lovely to interview you.
Anna: Thank you.