Monday, 6 October 2014

The look of Lust

Hands up who has a wish list stored on their phone (after the long weekend, our latest reads like this: Triangl bikini, Becca sunscreen, a Clarisonic...). But Sydney-based illustrator Sally Spratt of The Lust List has an infinitely more stylish way of documenting her favourite finds: armed with her paintbrush, watercolours and pencils, she beautifully hand illustrates her must-haves. Her motto? 'If I can't have them, I'll draw them.'

What started as a personal side project while in between graphic design jobs (Bassike is among her former employers) has rapidly morphed into an illustrated empire. Sally has a staggering 50,000+ Instagram followers waiting to see what she draws next and her A3 prints and cards are the latest lust-have for every lover of fashion and design (something else to add to those iPhone lists!). We chatted to Sally about her studio style, inspiration and what it's like to window shop for a living...

 Sally Spratt, illustrator of loveliness. Photo by Bridget Fleming.

"Throughout school I dreamt of being a fashion designer, but then I realised I only really wanted to do the fashion illustrations," Sally admits. "I love that fashion is a perfect marriage of art and sculpture." When she's not being commissioned by high end fashion and beauty houses (La Mer and Louis Vuitton are among her clients), Sally hits the shops for The Lust List. "I get inspiration from window shopping, trawling through blogs and social media as well as reading my fave magazines: Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Vogue," she says. So basically, every girl's dream job.

Given that she's surrounded by luxury labels all day, perhaps it should come as no surprise that Sally can't pick a favourite product. "I'm in a position where everything I have worked on (and am working on) has been something new and inspiring," she says. A recent trip to New York Fashion Week is fuelling her current work. "You'll probably start noticing a shift in the posts," she reveals. You heard it here first. 

The illustrator at work, via her instagram. 

 Sally in her studio (shot via her Instagram).

There's no doubt Sally has an eye for style, and her studio shows it. "I love a fresh white space with succulents, throws and minimal clutter," she says. "However, I tend to work in organised chaos with artwork drying by my feet, so I need to at least start fresh so it doesn't get overwhelming." Her studio essentials? "Pencils, paints, little jar of water with my brushes, light box, laptop and all my posting essentials like envelopes, tissue paper, cotton twine and music in the background to keep me company."

Sally always has a candle burning - "it keeps me calm and the house smelling beautiful" - and a penchant for recycling Palm Beach Collection candle jars to store pencils and paintbrushes. The finishing touch? "A mood board is a great way to keep all inspiration in front of you and also little notes, photos or things that you have collected to remind you of something special," she shares.

STYLE NOTES {sally spratt}

dream home: Spacious beach shack in Palm Beach or Byron Bay.
style icon: Christine Centenera and Lindy Klim.
favourite flower: White peonies and white oriental lilies.
best scent: Gardenia and Jasmine.
colour palette: black, white, grey and navy.
music of choice: Something chilled like Bon Iver or The 1975.
best brunch: eggs, tomato, haloumi and spinach.
go-to outfit: denim cut offs, loose t-shirt, leopard flats and a leather jacket over the shoulders.
ideal holiday: Inspiration trip to NY or a beach shack in Bali.
perfect Sunday: A sleep in, brunch, long walk with friends, relaxing on the beach and finishing with pizza and red wine at The Corner House in Bondi. 

To keep up to date with Sally's latest illustrations (and by default, designers' latest collections), follow her on instagram: @_thelustlist_

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