Day 5: Saskia Martindale

There are no limits to this gal’s (@saskiamartindale on Instagram) creativity and for this reason, her account is one of my favourites on Instagram! 

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
My names Saskia, I’m a set designer/ prop maker & stylist /art director!

How did you develop your practice?
I studied illustration, but the course was really broad so I started doing more 3D things. Then when I graduated I emailed loads and loads of people who’s work I liked to ask if I could help them or meet up. Turned out the people who needed assistants were set designers and so I sort of went from there. Over the past year or so I’ve done more of my own work and am figuring out which bits I like the most… making costumes at the moment!

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
I feel very lucky to be able to do the work I do, but I also don’t always love it. There’s a lot of jobs, as with any career, where the actual things you’re making or doing are quite uninspiring and aren’t ‘achieving’ anything of any real purpose or interest. But that being said there’s things on the opposite end of the scale that I absolutely love. It’s probably good to have that balance otherwise I wouldn’t appreciate the good bits. I think the things that I’m inspired by change with each project that I do! Sometimes its conversations, sometimes routines in my daily life, and sometimes things from wider society!

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
I’ve worked alongside so many talented women in this industry. Personally, to be able to freelance and support myself living in London whilst doing a job that could seem quite unstable has been a real achievement. I can be my own boss, but still get to work alongside so many amazing creatives.

Please show Saskia and her incredible imagination some love by following her account @saskiamartindale on Instagram and commenting below; another amazing creative feminist!

If you are interested in working with Saskia on any projects or commission her work please visit her website at https://saskiamartindale.com or email her at saskiamartindale@gmail.com.

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