Camilla Perkins is an artist illustrator who lives in Brighton. She graduated from Westminster University in 2012 and has since had illustrations commissioned by clients such as BBC, Penguin and The British Council as well as continuing to work on her fine art prints and paintings.
Camilla is interested in the colourful textiles and elaborate patterns seen internationally. Her work fuses cultural references in a playful and quirky way. Here we witness her appreciation and skilful representation of West African textiles as well as Japanese prints. This work is a continuation of her 'Sapeur' series, derived from the cult of dandyism, Le Sape, that is practised by a group of men in Democratic Republic of Congo. Sapeurs, which stands for 'Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes' (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People), dress in a highly flamboyant yet gentlemanly colonial-style dress as a way of expressing pride and deflecting pity. It is a way of reclaiming their French colonialist history and bringing a sense of celebration and joy to the local community.
On this occasion, Camilla has produced a screen print especially for Partnership Editions which is limited to just 20.
(Banner Image courtesy of Jack Johnstone for It's Nice That. Read their article on Camilla Perkins. )