While at the third edition of Sastreria Moderna we met illustrator Lucy Davis, who is originally from London but who now resides in Barcelona. Armed with sketchbook and markers, she spent the entire evening just observing and sketching all the notable events of the pop-up. A woman looking at a necklace, another trying on a duffle bag, others chatting while enjoying a beer… This is called live sketching and its goal is to capture moments. Poetic, right? While a photographer takes pictures, Lucy Davis uses pen and paper to make visual notes on the events of a party, fashion show or a presentation.
“I have art in my blood. My parents are sculptors. In England I completed an MA in creativity and marketing and for a long time I had been working as a freelance graphic designer. But a year ago I decided to take up two of my passions: fashion and illustration,” explains Lucy Davis. “Right now, live sketching is my personal challenge, something I would like to explore further, but so far I’ve collaborated with a number of brands and events. I also really like going to 080, Barcelona’s fashion week, and sketch the models when they take to the runway. I love capturing movement. Sketching that quickly is not easy! Sometimes the sketches work and sometimes they don’t.”
That evening at Sastreria Moderna everyone was fascinated by her talent, how she filled up the blank pages of her sketchbook, and of how expressive a few lines and daubs of the right colour can be. “Live sketching is the latest trend. There are a lot of luxury brands such as Gucci who hire illustrators to cover their events to capture the atmosphere and also to make portraits of the guests,” she says. Thanks to her talent, Equipaje BCN was also fortunate enough to have some sketches done of customers with our duffle bags. We love them! And Lucy Davis seems to like our bags as well. “I really love their shape and bright colours. They’re really cute. I think the design is simple and functional and goes very well with what you’re wearing. Drawing them was a lot of fun!” And here is the proof: