Sue Dray

Artist | Fashion Illustrator | Art Tutor


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This interview was recorded on the 7th of May 2021 and released on the 15th of June 2021


For more than forty years, Sue Dray has been communicating with her art in many capacities and on many levels – starting as an illustrator for pioneering feminist publications such as Spare Rib and The Women’s Press, both now considered cult magazines and historical treasures, archived and faithfully preserved as study material by The British Library.

Throughout the 1980s, Sue illustrated book covers for renowned authors such as Fay Weldon and Margaret Atwood, put her talents to use illustrating cookbooks and magazines such as Gay News and Gai Pied, completed a master’s degree in art that led to her teaching at universities in the United States and produced some of her most personal work, inspired by her two young daughters. She has since drawn live alongside the catwalk during shows by designers such as Pam Hogg, Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes, illustrated behind the scenes for Andrew Logan‘s Alternative Miss World and appeared drawing backstage during the 2018 film Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist. Her style is a combination of strong lines, painterly textures and intense, contrasting colours. Yet, despite her constant search for evolution and change, these characteristics of her artistic language have remained intact since the beginnings of her prolific career, during the golden eighties.

Today Sue is regularly commissioned by magazines and designers for the drawings and sketches she creates during the unveiling of collections in all the major fashion capitals, throughout fashion season. In 2018 she was Fashion Scout‘s first resident artist for the Spring/Summer collection of London Fashion Week, during which we could see her standing in a sea of surrealism at her elegant easel, a mouth full of paintbrushes, surrounded by throngs of press photographers, all competing with her for the best images from each collection. Following an approach by Apple in 2015, she has also found time to experiment with digital drawing – a medium she has come to appreciate when working under the hectic conditions of fashion shows. In 2019 she was an Artist in Residence and Creative Collaborator at The Villa Lena Arts Foundation in Tuscany – a fabulous opportunity that allowed her to immerse herself in the history of classical Italian painting, in order to influence and inspire the more pictorial side of her work.

Last but not least, it is impossible to ignore the extent of her teaching experience: Sue has taught in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States and was, for eight years, course leader of the Fashion Illustration Course at The London College of Fashion. She continues to contribute to this renowned institution as a guest lecturer, nurturing future generations of fashion artists with her vibrant teaching style and a faith in the arts that exudes life, spontaneity, authenticity and innovation.

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References during the interview
Fashion Illustration 00:39 | London Fashion Week 00:49 | Vivienne Westwood 00:55 | Pam Hogg 00:57 | London College of Fashion 01:02 | Artist-in-Residence 01:14 | Fashion Scout 01:16 | Mental Health Awareness Month 01:53 | Master of Arts (MA) 03:07 | Communication Design 03:36 | Thesis 03:37 | Art (Mark) Therapy 03:39 | Inner Child Therapy 03:49 | The Women’s Press 10:16 | Spare Rib 10:19 | Illustrator 10:42 | The British Library 11:34 | Fay Weldon 12:43 | Margaret Atwood 12:45 | John Mortimer 12:47 | Yuppie 14:46 | Lagos 17:54 | Civil Rights Movement 19:15 | Martin Luther King Jr. 19:19 | John F. Kennedy 19:23 | Segregation 19:42 | The Beatles 20:13 | Cadillac 21:04 | Ladbroke Grove 23:16 | Punk Scene 23:38 | Nihilism 23:48 | Jo Brocklehurst 24:15 | Covent Garden 25:33 | Central St. Martins College of Art and Design 25:35 | Semiotics 27:05 | Psychology 27:07 | Ergonomics 27:08 | The Lanesborough Hotel 28:33 | David Hockney 40:10 | Apple 43:03 | iPad Pro 43:41 | Vogue 46:54 | Neil Gilks 51:50 | Howard Tangye 52:55 | Helen Bullock 55:30 | Foundation Course 59:06 | Rochester 59:08 | Silkscreen 01:08:46 | Embroidery 01:08:48 | Villa Lena 01:09:13 | Brexit 01:09:55 | Tal Walker 01:13:10 | Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 01:13:13 | Royal College of Music 01:13:14


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Artista | Disegnatrice di Moda | Insegnante d’Arte


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Questa intervista è stata registrata il 7 maggio 2021 e rilasciata il 15 giugno 2021


L’artista Sue Dray, in più di 40 anni, ha comunicato ogni genere di messaggio visivo, lavorando all’inizio della sua carriera, tra le altre cose, come illustratrice per pubblicazioni femministe decisamente all’avanguardia, ad esempio Spare Rib e The Women’s Press, attualmente considerate riviste di culto e tesori da archivio accuratamente conservate come materiale di studio in The British Library.

Nel corso degli anni ‘80, Sue Dray ha illustrato numerose copertine di libri per autori famosi come Fay Weldon e Margaret Atwood, ha messo il suo talento al servizio di libri di cucina, di riviste come Gay News e Gai Pied, e ha conseguito un master in Arte che le ha slalancato le porte dell’insegnamento accademico negli Stati Uniti, pur essendo già madre di due bambine, l’ispirazione del suo lavoro più personale. Ha disegnato le collezioni di Pam Hogg, Vivienne Westwood e Zandra Rhodes ed è lei la disegnatrice del backstage di The Alternative Miss World di Andrew Logan. Oltre a tutto questo, appare mentre sta disegnando nel backstage nel film Westwood: Punk, Icono, Activista, la cui uscita a livello mondiale è stata nel 2018. Il suo stile combina tratti decisi con trame pittoriche e colori intensi e contrastanti. E malgrado la sua ricerca costante di evoluzione e cambiamento, questi aspetti caratteristici del suo linguaggio artistico si conservano integri fin dall’inizio della sua prolifica carriera nei dorati anni ‘80.

Attualmente, il lavoro più caratteristico di Sue consiste nella creazione di disegni e bozzetti commissionati da riviste e disegnatori allo scopo di rispondere dal vivo alle collezioni presentate nelle capitali della moda durante le stagioni stilistiche annuali. Nell’ambito di questa avventura, Sue in pratica si cimenta da molti anni nel disegno digitale, senza dubbio il suo strumento preferito quando è necessario creare con ritmi così frenetici, come quelli richiesti dal disegno realizzato dalla passarella. Sue è stata praticamente la prima artista residente di Fashion Scout, durante London Fashion Week, per la collezione Primavera/Estate del 2018. Nel corso di quella memorabile stagione – non senza una certa dose di surrealismo – l’abbiamo vista disegnare dal vivo nelle sfilate, in piedi, con il suo elegante cavalletto, e insieme ai fotografi della stampa che si contendevano accanto a lei le immagini migliori di ogni collezione. Inoltre è stata Artista Residente e Collaboratrice Creativa nel 2019 per The Villa Lena Arts Foundation, in Toscana, Italia, e questa favolosa occasione le ha permesso di esplorare l’aspetto più pittorico del suo lavoro, lasciandosi influenzare e prendendo ispirazione dalla storia della pittura classica.

In ultimo, ma non con meno importanza, è impossibile tralasciare il suo vasto background come docente: Sue Dray ha insegnato nel Regno Unito, in Australia e negli Stati Uniti, e a Londra è stata titolare del Corso di Illustrazione di Moda del London College of Fashion per sette anni. E ancora contribuisce attraverso questa rinomata istituzione dando conferenze come ospite del corso, nutrendo l’ispirazione delle future generazioni con il suo vibrante stile pedagogico, e la sua fede nell’arte che trasuda vita, spontaneità, autenticità e innovazione.

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Riferimenti durante l’intervista
Fashion Illustration 00:39 | London Fashion Week 00:49 | Vivienne Westwood 00:55 | Pam Hogg 00:57 | London College of Fashion 01:02 | Artist-in-Residence 01:14 | Fashion Scout 01:16 | Mental Health Awareness Month 01:53 | Master of Arts (MA) 03:07 | Communication Design 03:36 | Thesis 03:37 | Art (Mark) Therapy 03:39 | Inner Child Therapy 03:49 | The Women’s Press 10:16 | Spare Rib 10:19 | Illustrator 10:42 | The British Library 11:34 | Fay Weldon 12:43 | Margaret Atwood 12:45 | John Mortimer 12:47 | Yuppie 14:46 | Lagos 17:54 | Civil Rights Movement 19:15 | Martin Luther King Jr. 19:19 | John F. Kennedy 19:23 | Segregation 19:42 | The Beatles 20:13 | Cadillac 21:04 | Ladbroke Grove 23:16 | Punk Scene 23:38 | Nihilism 23:48 | Jo Brocklehurst 24:15 | Covent Garden 25:33 | Central St. Martins College of Art and Design 25:35 | Semiotics 27:05 | Psychology 27:07 | Ergonomics 27:08 | The Lanesborough Hotel 28:33 | David Hockney 40:10 | Apple 43:03 | iPad Pro 43:41 | Vogue 46:54 | Neil Gilks 51:50 | Howard Tangye 52:55 | Helen Bullock 55:30 | Foundation Course 59:06 | Rochester 59:08 | Silkscreen 01:08:46 | Embroidery 01:08:48 | Villa Lena 01:09:13 | Brexit 01:09:55 | Tal Walker 01:13:10 | Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 01:13:13 | Royal College of Music 01:13:14


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Artista | Ilustradora de moda | Tutora de Arte


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Esta entrevista se grabó el 7 de mayo de 2021 y publicada el 15 de junio de 2021


La artista Sue Dray ha comunicado durante más de 40 años toda suerte de mensajes visuales, trabajando por ejemplo, como ilustradora al inicio de su carrera, para publicaciones feministas absolutamente pioneras, como Spare Rib y The Women’s Press, hoy por hoy consideradas revistas de culto y tesoros de archivo fidedignamente preservados como material de estudio en The British Library.

A lo largo de la década de los ochenta, Sue Dray ilustró numerosas portadas de libros para autores de renombre como Fay Weldon y Margaret Atwood, puso su talento al servicio de libros de cocina, revistas como Gay News y Gai Pied, y realizó un master en arte que le abrió las puertas de la enseñanza universitaria en Estados Unidos, siendo ya madre de dos niñas que se habían convertido en inspiración de su trabajo mas personal. Ha dibujado las colecciones de Pam Hogg, Vivienne Westwood y Zandra Rhodes y es quien dibuja tras bastidores para Alternative Miss World de Andrew Logan y también aparece dibujando en el backstage de la película: Westwood: Punk, Icono, Activista, cuyo estreno mundial fue en el 2018. Su estilo combina líneas fuertes con texturas pictóricas y colores intensos y contrastantes. Y a pesar de su constante búsqueda de evolución y cambio estos aspectos característicos de su lenguaje plástico se mantienen intactos desde los inicios de su prolífica carrera en los dorados años ochenta.

En la actualidad, el trabajo mas característico de Sue consiste en producir dibujos y bocetos comisionados por revistas y diseñadores, para responder en vivo a las colecciones presentadas en las grandes capitales de la moda durante las temporadas de moda anuales. Como parte de esta aventura Sue de hecho experimenta desde hace muchos años con el dibujo digital, sin duda su herramienta preferida a la hora de crear en condiciones tan frenéticas, como las que exige el dibujo desde las pasarelas. Sue fue de hecho la primera artista residente de Fashion Scout, durante London Fashion Week, en la Primavera Verano del 2018. Durante esa recordada temporada – no sin cierta dosis de surrealismo- la vimos pintando en vivo en los desfiles, de pie, con su elegante caballete, y junto a los fotógrafos de prensa que se disputaban a su lado las mejores imágenes de cada colección. También fue Artista Residente y Colaboradora Creativa en 2019 en The Villa Lena Arts Foundation en la Toscana Italiana, y esta fabulosa oportunidad le permitió explorar el aspecto más pictórico de su trabajo, tomando como influencia e inspiración la historia de la pintura clásica.

Por último pero no menos importante, es imposible obviar su extenso background como docente: Sue Dray ha enseñado en el Reino Unido, en Australia y en Estados Unidos, y en Londres fue docente titular del Curso de Ilustración de Moda del London College of Fashion durante 8 años. Aun contribuye con esta reconocida institución como conferencista invitada de la cátedra, alimentando y nutriendo a las próximas generaciones de artistas de la moda, con su vibrante estilo pedagógico, y su fe en el arte que exuda vida, espontaneidad, autenticidad e innovación.

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Menciones durante la entrevista
Fashion Illustration 00:39 | London Fashion Week 00:49 | Vivienne Westwood 00:55 | Pam Hogg 00:57 | London College of Fashion 01:02 | Artist-in-Residence 01:14 | Fashion Scout 01:16 | Mental Health Awareness Month 01:53 | Master of Arts (MA) 03:07 | Communication Design 03:36 | Thesis 03:37 | Art (Mark) Therapy 03:39 | Inner Child Therapy 03:49 | The Women’s Press 10:16 | Spare Rib 10:19 | Illustrator 10:42 | The British Library 11:34 | Fay Weldon 12:43 | Margaret Atwood 12:45 | John Mortimer 12:47 | Yuppie 14:46 | Lagos 17:54 | Civil Rights Movement 19:15 | Martin Luther King Jr. 19:19 | John F. Kennedy 19:23 | Segregation 19:42 | The Beatles 20:13 | Cadillac 21:04 | Ladbroke Grove 23:16 | Punk Scene 23:38 | Nihilism 23:48 | Jo Brocklehurst 24:15 | Covent Garden 25:33 | Central St. Martins College of Art and Design 25:35 | Semiotics 27:05 | Psychology 27:07 | Ergonomics 27:08 | The Lanesborough Hotel 28:33 | David Hockney 40:10 | Apple 43:03 | iPad Pro 43:41 | Vogue 46:54 | Neil Gilks 51:50 | Howard Tangye 52:55 | Helen Bullock 55:30 | Foundation Course 59:06 | Rochester 59:08 | Silkscreen 01:08:46 | Embroidery 01:08:48 | Villa Lena 01:09:13 | Brexit 01:09:55 | Tal Walker 01:13:10 | Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 01:13:13 | Royal College of Music 01:13:14


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