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A PORTRAIT OF REISS: JAMES SPRECKLEY

18.03.16

We follow our Creative Director, James Spreckley, at home, at work and in his creative spaces to find out what inspires him.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I draw inspiration from parallel disciplines, such as literature, film, art, vintage design, nature and music. Always music!

Who are your favourite musicians? Do they influence you creatively?

My favourite musicians are Bob Dylan, Neil Young, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra and Leonard Cohen. Their music gives me doorways of new perception that I learn from. The pictures that they create from their experiences inspire me and give me a sense of companionship too.

“All I can do is be me, whoever that is. People seldom do what they believe in, they do what is convenient to them then repent.  I’ll let you in my dreams if you let me in yours.” Bob Dylan

What qualities are important to you in the work of others?

I am always inspired by creative people who are far stronger than me, those whose behaviour is far better than mine, in the hope that I will drift in that direction!

The qualities in their work that are most important to me include: functionality, beauty, authenticity, grace, discipline and significance.  I am currently learning to avoid the irrelevant in order to emphasise the important.

How do you relax?

I don’t relax very well, which is why I chose to live in the woods, there are no distractions visually or audibly.  Just nature, it’s my idea of peace.

What’s the one thing, person, place or experience that has influenced you most over your career?

The quote “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” from C.S. Lewis is something that has been a constant source of inspiration for me.

My father is also a big inspiration. He never painted a picture that life was easy and challenged me by setting the bar extremely high! He did everything he could to equip me with the skills to endure a difficult one.

How do you approach your process of designing?

Express your own personality; I design a collection and hope for originality in the person who wears it. Designing for me is an emotive process instigated by a desire to progress and a craving for change.    I have always had a broad creative scope, which then leads onto the designing of a collection or the renovation of a house.

What’s on your desk at work?

Sketch pads, diary, photos and phone.