PATRICK CHURCH ARTIST/FASHION DESIGNER OXFORD > PARIS
ROAM: Where are you originally from? PATRICK: I was born in Oxford and lived in the countryside around there until I was 18. After that I moved to London, and then to Paris.
How do you find living in London? I don't live in London anymore, I found that I had so many negative memories with the place that were almost impossible for me to move past. I made the decision a little while ago to take a break from the city, and it has had a really positive impact on my work.
Do you travel? Which are your favourite places? I love to travel. I have been to lots of places but nothing compares to Paris, it is where I feel most inspired and alive, and most at home. However, I have always dreamed of doing Route 66 in America, driving it and painting on the way, that's definitely next.
How did you manage to get into fashion? I don't know if you could say I was in fashion, I think my artwork just crosses over into garments. This has given me a wider audience but recently I haven't been doing as much of this. I fell in love with painting canvas, I am an artist first and foremost, and I need to go back to this, that's what my mind is saying to me.
If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be? I wish funding and support was easier, especially if, like myself, you didn't go to University. That can be quite difficult and you have to make some big sacrifices, you can't have everything, I learnt that the hard way.
Would you consider yourself an artist or a fashion designer? 100 percent an artist.
Do you see fashion as an art form? Fashion is totally an art form, it's all about speaking your own language and creating your own world that people can explore and understand.
Who is your favourite fashion designer and why? At the moment I am lusting over Moschino, it's super fun and I want pretty much everything.
Do you think that it's becoming more difficult for designers to be unique and original due to the sheer number of people operating in the industry? I guess so to an extent, nothing is truly original, everything is inspired by something else, for me it's just how you go about executing your ideas.
So, why are Karl Lagerfeld, Kim Kardashian and more, drawn onto your clothes? I have always been inspired by powerful, over the top people, especially celebrities. I like the whole popular culture thing, and this is just me adapting that to my work. I think Kim is probably the most famous woman in the world at the moment, I think people can look at her image and project so many different things, good and bad, so this is why I have chosen to paint her quite a few times.
Do you think criticism is important in the fashion industry? I think it is always good to think ahead, never to be too comfortable and always try to out do yourself with your next pieces/collection. It is important to change and move forwards, but you still need everything to be a natural progression and speak the same language. I always look to the past especially when I am painting, however recently I have realised how important looking to the future can be.
What are you currently inspired by in terms of your designs? I am inspired by love, by sex, by strong personalities, by loss, by hope, by colour, by travel, I think of myself as a very visual person, I always have been, I know if I like something instantly.
What was the last exhibition, museum or performance you attended? The Saatchi gallery, I always try to visit when I am in London, it's a great space.
Let’s talk about sex. There is a huge 'liberation' especially in the few last years about Sex and Fashion. What do you believe? For sure old days like 'the Madonna days', sex was an element of inspiration but in a different way. I personally believe people were more 'respectful' toward sex instead of now, there is sex everywhere in a cheap way - if you get what I mean - like Miley for example. 100% my personal opinion I can't say that it is right, it's just how I feel. I think that it's great that people can express themselves, nothing shocks anyone anymore, so people naturally try to push things as far as they can, sex is everywhere, it's what makes the world go round.
Where do you imagine yourself the next 10 years? God knows.