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Interview with Artist Yuliya Yg

Yuliya Yg (@yuliyayg) is an artist behind the prints for our first two collections.

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Yuliya is Russian from Kazakhstan, currently based in Singapore. While studying Fine Arts at University, she was especially interested in portrait and figure drawing. After graduation, Yuliya worked as a graphic designer and a DJ. Later, after moving to Singapore, she decided to fully devote herself to art and continue painting portraits with a focus on fashion.

Here is our quick-fire Q&A with Yuliya.

  • How would you describe yourself in three words? Skinny, sleepy, funny.

  • What do you miss most about living in your country? Food and sarcasm.

  • What do you love most about living in Singapore? Cleanliness, nature and sea.

  • What’s the one thing everyone should do when coming to Singapore? Eat chicken rice.

  • What are three words to describe Singaporeans? Singlish, durian, jogging.

  • The Russian tradition you follow even living in Asia? Festival of pancakes “Maslenitsa”.

  • Fashion illustrator you are currently obsessed with? Yuliya Yg :)

  • Three distinctive features of your artworks? Contrast, character, emotion.

  • Who is your favourite artist? Modigliani.

  • What’s your favourite painting of all time? Petrov-Vodkin “Herring”.

  • Favourite museum? Musée d’Orsay.

  • Which misconception do people have about fashion illustrators? Sometimes people think that fashion illustration must be similar to a sketch of fashion designers.

  • What do you love about your job? That I do what I love.

  • Where do you find your inspiration? Catwalk and classical art.

  • If you are not working as an illustrator how would you be spending your time? I would be DJing somewhere.

  • Who is your favourite singer? Theo Hutchcraft.

  • What’s the last book you’ve read? "Catcher in the Rye" J.D. Salinger.

  • What’s your favourite city in the world? Shanghai.

  • Favourite hotel? Mandira Dickoya, Sri Lanka.

  • What are your travel essentials? Sunglasses, SPF, book.

  • How can you describe your personal style? Oversized and comfortable.

  • What’s the beauty tip that works all the time? Smile and two litres of water.

  • And what makes you smile? Rain.

  • Your secret hobby most people don’t know you have? I am watching "slime" videos and videos of people eating food.

  • If you had a chance to have a coffee with anyone in this world who would it be? Leonardo DiCaprio.

  • A piece of advice you would offer yourself at age 15? Paint more.

  • What are you most excited about in life right now? About my new projects. 

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