Code8's Self-made Stories
As a small, start-up brand, we are always on the hunt for the opportunity to champion other hardworking individuals, both within the fashion and beauty industries and beyond. With this in mind, we are delighted to introduce another of Code8’s Self-Made Stories, a collection of stories showcasing influential individuals who have created a name for themselves in their respective fields, all while spreading kindness, motivation and encouragement along the way. Let us introduce Angela Lukanovich, a print and textile designer from London.
“I’m learning how to see mistakes as a good part of life” – After spending years working as a trained fashion designer, Angela ended up focusing on her two passions: prints and textiles. Currently, Angela is working as a prolific illustrator and a brand consultant, helping start-up fashion companies establish their product ranges and set up a reliable supply chain infrastructure.
What made you get into fashion/textiles?
I've been drawing since a very young age and when I grew up, I realised that I could make a living and a career in design.
I have to say though, it did take me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do in textiles. For a long time, I thought I wanted to become a fashion designer, then I relocated to London and soon I realised that there is a vast variety of career paths and opportunities within the textile and fashion industries.
How do you find inspiration for your work, and has this changed at all during the lockdown?
Not really. I've always been more of an 'indoors creature', so the lockdown has not affected my work process. Mainly, I find my inspiration in vintage items (I also co-own a vintage archive so that's pretty readily available for me!), everything from furniture to fashion. I am very fond of the 70s & 80s eras, which is one of the main sources of inspiration for me.
What are your favourite colour/prints combination?
Pink and red floral on a dark emerald background. These colour combinations give me the tingles!
Tell us about your “normal” workday—what is it like?
My day is split between my two businesses: @angelainthefields (my digital print business) and @miamiarchives_ (printed Hawaiian vintage archive). So, a typical day for me involves packing up orders for Miami Archives in the morning and then for the rest of the day I focus on drawing, scanning and tweaking print work on my laptop. I'm also currently working on rebranding one of my favourite charities (Birdline UK) so that takes up a chunk of my time too!
What’s the best way to incorporate more arts/prints in your home?
My top tip is to hang prints up in vintage frames (3 or 4 sets) around the room that follow the same colour palette and that complement each other. If you have a small budget, you can easily search on Etsy and download printable arts, and make sure to have the print in a vintage frame—this trick will make the art instantly look more elaborate and expensive
What is the most exciting print collaboration you worked on?
Recently, I work on an exciting collaboration with Canva which took two weeks to prepare and send out—so my work is now available to millions of people around the world to add to their own work, which makes me incredibly humble and happy.