The Icon

The Icon
Photograph by Adrenus Craton

Photograph by Adrenus Craton

What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Pam: Salmon cream cheese bagel with a squeeze of lime and coffee.

You produce everything yourself, what are the pros and cons of this?
Pam: Its a nightmare, it’s not by choice, I just dont have any backing or sponsorship to employ anyone to physically make the pieces.

Does your Scottish heritage have an influence on your designs?
Pam: I’m sure it has an influence on my work ethic, I work crazy hours tirelessly.

What do you think of the fashion industry today in comparison to when you first started?
Pam: I feel there’s a lack of innovation, we have a creative strength in this country but it doesn't seem like it’s nurtured anymore.

What is the best part of your job?
Pam: The best part of my job is that it doesn't feel like a job, just something that I love doing.

How do you switch off?
Pam: I don’t think I ever really switch off, I’m constantly buzzing with ideas, even when I’m watching movies or listening to music.

You also dabbled in the music industry whilst in the band ‘doll’ – do you ever miss this?
Pam: I miss it, I’m constantly mulling around lyrics and melodies but there’s never the time. I’m involved in a great music project at the moment but its not my own work, I’m just laying down some vocals.

Photograph by Jamie Morgan

Photograph by Jamie Morgan

What would you say was the highlight of your music career?
Pam: Singing on stage with Debbie Harry was pretty cool.

Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
Pam: There’s a constant flow of ideas that merge, I never consciously focus on anything specific, I just let it happen.

The Brit awards, what did it mean to you to be asked to design the trophies?
Pam: It was amazing to be asked as, only five highly talented artists and designers including Vivienne Westwood and Damien Hirst had created one before me.

Tell me about the creative process that went into this?
Pam: All my work is a continuation; my ideas feed into the next project regardless of what it is. I'd just finished a show so it was a natural progression. I was only meant to design one piece, but I ended up designing a mini collection.

Do you have a favourite (trophy)?
Pam: Not really, I just loved that I’d created a little army of them, I see them as one.

You have just shown at London Fashion Week – how was the experience as a whole?
Pam: Making clothes is my passion, I work like an artist, it’s like giving a part of me.

I absolutely loved your bright green studded jumpsuit; do you have a favourite piece?
Pam: Thank you. For me its difficult to single out, I feel they work as a whole, its a collection of ideas like i mentioned with the trophies.

Photograph by Rankin

Photograph by Rankin