GRACE MARIA ELLINGTON
DESCRIBE YOUR AESTHETIC IN 3 WORDS.
Raw. Playful. Awkward.
EVERYONE IS LISTENING. WHAT DO YOU SAY ?
Don't take beauty too seriously, have fun. Don't worry about imperfections, celebrate your uniqueness. Nothing is more bland than perfection.
COLLABORATORS YOU’VE WORKED WITH WHO BECAME YOUR GO-TO NINJAS ?
I'm really lucky to have a few different photographers I work with again and again. All have a very different aesthetic that in some way chimes with a different aspect of my own. Building a strong creative relationship means you have this amazing freedom because you trust each other, you don't need to explain or tone down anything. Three photographers I hope I will continue to work with for a long time to come are Yavez Antonio a super sleek photographer from Amsterdam, Rebecca Tate who uses only natural light and who's images have a gorgeous raw quality and Nick Fitzpatrick my long time friend and collaborator who has inspired me for years. I am excited to see what happens as we continue to grow together.
WHAT’S THE MOST EXCITING THING ABOUT YOUR INDUSTRY TODAY ?
The diversity of talent and the willingness of publications and brands to experiment. I think we have Instagram to thank for that. The ability we have to self publish to a limitless audience means there are endless points of view being explored. Democratizing what is being seen and who can be seen has totally shaken the fashion industry and the resulting imagery in my opinion is more unique and more exciting than ever before.
HOW DO YOU THINK STYLE AND POP-CULTURE WILL CHANGE IN 2017 ?
It's been an interesting year so far. In a lot of ways it's been a huge struggle for a lot of people but often hard times provide the catalyst for an explosion of art and expression. What's happening politically reverberates throughout pop culture and the talents rising to prominence are the people who have something to say and are not afraid to say it. Individuality is culturally precious in 2017 and that means great style and great art. People want to be heard and develop their own visual identity. This combined with more and more conversation around things like gender fluidity, feminism and race means people are no longer feeling they should belong to a certain tribe. Scroll through Instagram and you will see thousands and thousands of young people using pop culture and visual mediums like beauty to represent who they are not who they think they should be. I think this is the most exciting change the return of freedom of expression.
Grace Maria Ellington is a london-based makeup artist. Collaborate with her on talentmakingtalent.com