Interview: Lucy Wakefield
Lucy Wakefield is an actress, freelance artist and blogger. Her love for blogging and art is showcased throughout her Instagram. I was lucky enough to interview Lucy about her career plans.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Hi! Thank you so much for interviewing me. I’m very well thank you – hope you’re well too!
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I’m an Actress, freelance Artist, student and occasional blogger for The Cheerful Notes from Nottingham
Describe your style.
Normally my style is varied; sometimes I’ll dress tomboyish, sometimes I’ll go full on girly or dress pretty much to an era. I’ll often wear clothing I’m comfortable in and has a punch of colour.
When did you start getting into fashion?
Probably when I was about 16 or 17. But before I was always surrounded by people who wore very cool clothing. I was Home Educated all my life till I was 17 so it gave you constant freedom to play with what you wore.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
Currently my favourite places to shop are charity shops; Sue Ryder Nottingham, White Rose (in Hockley), Hopkinsons on Station Street and so many others to name.
What inspired you to get into vintage fashion?
I suppose the idea of dressing as though I was from a different era, looking like a real life time traveller. Some of the fashion (and costumes) I’ve purchased have had a tale to tell – I once went to purchase a 1960’s dress for an opening night (for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) and the woman in the shop had told me her mother had made it and wanted to see it go to a new home.
Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing?
Absolutely also to customise – in art classes, I’d that girl who took an embroidery kit and stitched on a piece of clothing or on her bag. I have a dedicated tote bag (which comes everywhere with me) and has some of my favourite icons stitch on: Frida Karlo and David Bowie. I’ve also been gifted a beautiful vintage mint coloured Singer sewing machine which I’m planning to use to create my clothing and costumes.
Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops?
Make sure the quality is okay and just have fun!
Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes?
Really for the environment and the cost. I wrote a post not too long ago called ‘You Gotta Love’em’ about why I shop in charity shops (https://mycheerfulnotes.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/you-gotta-loveem-charity-shops.html).
Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes?
Normally my idea of styling different clothing is; how it looks on my body and it needs to be comfortable. Sometimes I’m required in rehearsals or art studio and it’s great being able to wear something that looks nice but won’t mind if it gets a little wrecked or dirty.
How did you go about finding your own style?
I style and dress really to who I am, someone who loves to work in the arts. I have to wear something that ‘POPS!’ like a repurposed necklace (I have one I made from my old first camera when I was 13 and couldn’t really bare to part with it. When worn it looks almost robotic like).
Have you always been into fashion?
I don’t think I properly got into fashion till I was in my mid teens really.
What new pieces have you picked up for this summer and autumn that we haven't seen on your Instagram yet?
Autumn is my favourite time of the year – rich colours (mustards, crimson and deep blues) I have seen some little pieces like baggy coats; recently purchased an ASOS grey duffle coat from Scarborough and adore very much. I’ve picked up lots of floral
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
Boots. Love them. I recently bought a pair of silver velvet boot lace ups from Primark (£14) and in love with them, I don’t think they’ve left my feet since getting them!
What are your favourite pieces of clothing?
1. 1950’s style cotton skirt which just sits on the hip and ends just above the ankle.
2. Black pinafore dress.
3. Blue baggy almost PJ like shirt which looks lovely with anything.
4. 1960’s cotton skirt which my nan handed down to me, which she wore in her late teens or early twenties.
5. Red coat from Joe Browns which my mum gave to me when I was 12 (had it nearly nine years), it stills fits like a dream and it’s been customised with original military style buttons. I call it my ‘confidence cloak’ because I wear it if I feel a little nervous when I’m off to an audition or opening night for a show.
What could you not live without?
Honestly I think I could live without most of my clothing – recently I got to wear a 1700’s costume, and the thing I love about my job is you get to wear different periods of costumes so you get a taste of living and re-enacting eras.
Do you have any career plans?
Continue with what I’m doing really and finishing setting up my business. I met someone on set recently and said “Why have a boring office job life, when you can do something you love?” which really spoke to me, I’ve been applying for jobs that I know I’d probably hate and just thought hang on, I can have a variety and do things I want to do and not be tied down to a ‘nine to five’ job.
Do you have a favourite fashion magazine?
Vogue and I used to adore COMPANY but they seem to have gone and struggled to find printed editions.
Who was your first style icon?
Probably my mum!
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
To me social media is a necessity because it allows me to network with people. In acting you never really know when your next project is.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram?
Most likely more art inspired pieces, textiles especially.
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?
Network, be yourself and creative. Also make sure there is a variety for your follower/viewer.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
“Always do what you love.” – my mum
You can follow this lovely lady on her Instagram ‘Lucy Wakefield’. She is always posting wonderful photographs and art. Photographer Jake Howe at Hot Pink Bulb, stylist Annasofie Moxon and clothing from Sue Ryder Nottingham on Goosegate.