Lipcote x Talenthouse Project – Mia Lily Johnson Interview

November 5, 2015


Mia Lily Johnson

You may remember our exciting Lipcote collaborative project with global artist platform Talenthouse. We drew up a brief for artists to submit work that reflected their ideas of ‘art, beauty and the catwalk’ with a chance to live draw at a top London Fashion Week show in February. Our selected artist, Mia Lily Johnson tells us a little bit more about her inspirations and beauty regime here….




What inspires you?

I’m inspired by a wide variety of things, I try to incorporate elements of anything that excites me into my work and style. I’ve always been fascinated by different cultures and places.

What got you into illustrating?

Since I was really young, I always wanted to be an illustrator. My parents are both artists, and many of the people I’ve been surrounded by my whole life are based in the arts field. It was sort of inevitable for me to want to make art I guess.



Mia Lily Johnson for Talenthouse

Who is your favourite artist?

One of my favourite artists is Richard Hamilton, I also particularly like David Hockney’s and Mark Rothko’s work. Recently I’ve been heavily inspired by Cubism, so Picasso has been a really big influence on my drawing style.

What project are you currently working on?

I’m in my third year at university, so I’m actually working on seven different projects at the moment. The one that I’ve been working on today is a project about Structural Geology, where I’ve been working with glitches and screenprinting.

How did you hear about Talenthouse?

I heard about it whilst I was doing my A-levels through a friend.



Mia Lily Johnson for Talenthouse

What inspired you to enter the Lipcote x Talenthouse competition?

I wanted to do a brief that I could add my drawing style to, whilst fulfilling what the project was asking for. The competition fitted that perfectly so I decided to give it a go.

What was it like live illustrating for Lipcote at the Julien McDonald London Fashion Week show?

It was such an exciting experience for me, I really enjoyed it and would definitely take the chance to do something like that again. Keeping up with the pace of the show was difficult at times but also really refreshing.



Mia Lily Johnson for London Fashion Week

The Talenthouse brief was asking you to interpret ‘beauty, fashion and the catwalk’. After attending the LFW show what do you think is a strong beauty trend for this season?

My initial design was based on the Chanel SS15 Haute Couture Fashion show, which showed off floral and embellished dresses, and oversized hats. But one of the most significant beauty trends that I’ve noticed for this season has been a full red lip and smokey eyes. I think that this year the beauty trends have slightly strayed away from the usual Spring dominating pastel palette.


Mia Lily Johnson for London Fashion Week

Can you tell us a little about your own beauty regime?

Last month I was actually making homemade face masks. I like to use natural products if I can, I particularly like to use Neal’s Yard when I can afford to because they have lots of organic products. I much prefer to build up layers of natural makeup to emphasize features rather than to use something too heavy.



Mia Lily Johnson for London Fashion Week

What is your favourite lipstick shade?

Again, I like colours that emphasize my lips and aren’t too garish. I usually use a rosy reddish, pink colour. At the moment, I’ve been using a ‘chubby stick’ from Clinique called ‘Poppin Poppy’.

And finally, what would be your dream job?

Anything that means that I can create artwork for a living would be ideal! I’ve always wanted to work on the design team for an arts, fashion, music and culture magazine, something like Dazed & Confused. I’d also really love to travel and work in different countries to find new influences for projects.


Mia Lily Johnson for London Fashion Week

Thanks Mia! X