Monday, July 11, 2011

Eyes of Ecstasy

Izzie Klingels, a British illustrator and regular contributor to graphic design agency Dumb Eyes, is the teeniest person I have interviewed so far. She was down to try on anything (that would fit her) and spent a pretty penny on some clothes once the photo shoot was finished.
Might I mention that Izzie has, hands down, the coolest name? (“Izzie” is short for “Isvald”).
As an illustrator under the name Les Yeux D’Extase, Izzie’s art has been showcased all over the world, and has worked with everyone from the band Death in Vegas to Topshop to NYLON Magazine.
If you’re looking to pick up some of Izzie’s custom greeting cards or posters and you live close to the hill, stop in to Marigold & Mint or Elliott Bay to get ahold of some wicked merch. However, if that’s too far away, there’s always Etsy!

Anyway, check out some pics from her bangin’ photo shoot below and go to the Cairo Flickr to see the rest!


What is your sign?
I’m a Libra.
What is your spirit animal?
It’s a Panda. Very slow and lazy. And eats a lot.
Do you have any favorite local bands?
I love Tiny Vipers, Shabazz Palaces, and Magik Markers.
What fictional character do you most relate to?
I love Cassandra from the book Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith. She’s a very clever character. It’s a very “English” novel about a bohemian family living in a castle. Horrible movie.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I have always wanted to be an artist. Although I used tell my mum I wanted to be a goddess. I think it worked out well.
Describe your personal style, please.
I think it’s very eclectic; I tend to wear a lot of vintage… its affordable and I love vintage shopping. I perversely like to make uncool clothes work, and I’m not really a fan of wearing designer clothes for the sake of “good taste”.
What are you currently working on?
I’m doing a fashion story for a SECRET magazine, and a skateboard design. I’m also working on calendars and Christmas cards, which is really strange in the summertime.
Current Inspirations?
Stevie Nicks, obviously! I also really love nature and the Northwest…I incorporate a lot of animals in my work.
What achievement in your work are you the most proud of?
I received a gold record for the work I did with Death in Vegas. I toured with the band and worked on their visuals. So now I have a gold record!
Favorite makeout music?
I even can’t remember making out. I’m 40 and married now. Although I do remember loving Sade and totally wanting to look like her.
What do you and your husband like to do together?
What is one thing that Seattle does better than London?
Rain? No. London rains pretty well. Food! For casual dining, Seattle has really great quality restaurants.
Where is the next place you want to live?
I would like to live in San Francisco, but I’m afraid of earthquakes. And high rent.
What would you consider to be the apex of your career?
If I ever finish my graphic novel, I’ll feel like I can sleep for the rest of my life.

See you next week!

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