Interview: Elbret

We're so happy to share our recent interview with Elbret, a bubbly and vibrant woman, with an amazing creative vision. She shares her journey as a scenic artist, how she brightened up lockdown with @tiedyebyelbs and the importance of allowing room for error.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Weird, bubbly, creative

Give us a brief insight into your journey making you the woman and artist you are today?

Very briefly, I studied Scenic Art at uni at the Royal Central School of speech and drama. It was a 3 year degree and from that led many opportunities for work and I’m currently a free lance scenic artist and have been for the last 5 years.

As a scenic artist what does a typical day in your life look like?

My days are mostly 9 hour days just like a normal 9-5 job. But the work we do really varies project to project and that’s what keeps me on my toes. No two jobs are ever exactly the same, you’ll be painting a massive backdrop for a photoshoot one week and the next week you’ll be painting small little props for a shop window, it’s so much fun.

2020 was a difficult year for many, however you managed to birth Tie Dye by Elbs tell us more and how has this been for you?

As a creative, during the first lockdown I was just itching to do something and @tiedyebyelbs just accidentally happened really. I didn’t think very much of it and it was more of a thing to keep me sane during the lockdown but I got a great response from it and it’s still going!

What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learnt so far?

1. Money comes and money goes!

As a freelancer work come and goes in waves but for me it’s really important not to dwell in the downtime when there’s no work but see it as an opportunity to do all the things I never had the time to do while I was working.

2. If you mess it up, just fix it.

Some of the best work I’ve done is when I don’t have a clue what I’m doing (LOL).

I’ve also learnt not to be so hard on myself, as creatives we want to present perfection each time round but I’ve learnt that art isn’t perfect and doesn’t need to be. It’s there to be relatable and to move something on the inside of you.

Sometimes you’ll do something amazing and sometimes you might do something that feels very average and both are okay.

Allow room for error.

Oh, and make a good impression wherever you go.

Who or what inspires you and why?

I don’t have a particular person that inspires me. I feel as though I’m continuously inspired by the everyday simpler things in life.

Finally to you - What is real? What is authentic? and What is winning?

Good relationships!!!

Be surrounded by people that want to see you go far and genuinely celebrate the highs and the lows with you and you’ll be winning!

After all “bad company corrupts good character” the Bible said it not me.

Continue to follow her journey via connect with her via instagram





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