(Seychelles News Agency) – British-Seychellois artist Alyssa Adams who was inspired to paint by her father, famed painter Michael Adams, has ventured into fashion design.
The 42-year-old recently created Designs by Alyssa Adams where she prints her art on clothes including swimsuits and bikinis as well as bags, scarves, sarongs, kimonos, dresses and shirts.
Like her father, she also builds a collection of serigraphs in addition to her original works.
SNA caught up with Adams to learn more about his new venture.
SNA: Tell us a bit about yourself and how your journey into the art world began?
AA: I was born in Victoria many moons ago and I feel a strong magnetic force with the Seychelles – the whole environment of this magical Gaia inspires so generously and we are so lucky to be at the center of the world.
I have always been inspired by art and nature and the most wonderful guide and inspirational person is obviously my father Michael Adams. My mother Heather and my father created the first gallery in the Seychelles. My father inspired so many artists and people here. So, my artistic journey started as a child. I then went to study art at Kingston University and Chelsea College of Art in London for 4 years.
If you have visited our gallery, you will understand what I mean. There are creatures made out of logs and driftwood and they come to life with my dad’s magic touch. And then we also have the paintings, with my father, my brother Tristan Adams and myself having all our paintings/prints and serigraphs in the gallery at Anse aux Poules Bleues.
SNA: What technique do you use and what influences it?
AA: My main influence is nature and staying still enough to allow all the magic to happen. From the energetic morning light to the warm afternoon sunlight, all the leaves and trees look different at every moment of the day and the shadows cool them and create an escape for dark and cool getaways. in a painting.
SNA: We saw another account of yours on Instagram run by Alyssa Adams Designs. What is Designs by Alyssa Adams?
AA: When my children were born it was hard to find the power to paint and be in the right frame of mind so I realized that another parallel path to my painting was to have my art on clothes . I had fun using existing paints or new ones with fabrics in mind.
My friend Amir Moalem recently opened his business called “Socialista” and he is absolutely fantastic. He contacted me to do my promotional work on Instagram and Facebook. He literally made such a difference in my world on the fashion side and now he’s going to start with paintings. People ask me when did I start and I say “well over 20 years ago”. All of a sudden, just a few weeks after Amir was assigned to promote my work, things took off.
SNA: What inspired you to move from canvas to prints?
AA: I have always worked with watercolor paints on paper and occasionally oils on canvas. I built up a collection of serigraphs like my father. The screen printing process is very difficult and time consuming, but the result is one of great depth.
You literally have your hands on all the prints while I do the separations, as I separate the colors to print individually. They are all signed by me and numbered and when the silkscreen edition is finished there is no more printing.
SNA: What does a typical workflow look like before getting the final product?
AA: An original painting begins in nature. Recently I did a series on the beautiful Fregate Island in the Banyan Forest and also Silhouette Island at the Hilton Labriz, both of which are very different islands and have their own magic. The paintings can then be finalized in the workshop.
SNA: What does the move to printmaking mean to you as an artist?
AA: Doing screenprints means I can keep my originals and sell the screenprints because I take so long to do a painting and we become attached to it at the end of our journey together. I also like to make a commission.
SNA: What are some of the products offered under the brand ‘Designs by Alyssa Adams‘?
AA: I have wonderful seamstresses and tailors in Mahé who do my sewing.
Haig Vidot makes my swimsuits and my bikini while Johanna Didon, the founder of the fashion range ‘Katiti’, sews for me too, making bags, kimonos, dresses and shirts, among others.
Jenny Griffiths makes my cushions with the piping and Lisa Padayachy from Nest Design also makes the kimono. All these tailors and seamstresses mentioned are so talented and I am very grateful to them.
|Adam said she had wonderful seamstresses and tailors in Mahé who did my sewing. (Alyssa Adams Design/Facebook) Photo License: All Rights Reserved|
SNA: Where can an interested person buy your parts?
AA: I sell my items at Yves Caches – Camion Hall, Jardin du Roi, Silhouette Labriz – Toi Et Moi shop, Le Duc boutique shop- Praslin, the duty free shop Seychelles Travelers Edition [at the airport].
Also, on Ile Alphonse, Ile Denis, Le Repaire, La Digue, L’Orangeraie Hotel, La Digue, and soon in the Vallée de Mai on Praslin.
SNA: Do you collaborate with anyone for the production of the parts?
AA: I am collaborating with Velorum Dubai for the men’s swim shorts which will arrive in a few weeks.
SNA: What are your future projects as an artist?
AA: I plan to continue painting the Seychelles and exploring all of these beautiful islands. There is so much to paint and so much beauty.