We are all about powerful girls making waves in their field, so we sat down with artist Sophie Tea to talk all things painting, business and Insta.
Sophie Tea is a self-made entrepreneur, leading the way in the Instagram art scene, and we couldn’t be more here for it.
She started off creating a “Tinder for art” app (which we would 100% swipe right for), before posting her paintings on her feed. (Her work is just something else, check out her Insta for more originals).
Get scrollin’ to discover more about her artwork, creative processes and of course, her top clothing picks.
Q: Hey, we are so excited to meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: Hi I’m Sophie Tea, I am an artist and I operate solely on Instagram.
Q: So Sophie, can you give us an insight into the process behind your paintings?
A: So, I get acrylic paint and I mix it with a pouring medium. I add a bit of alcohol, a bit of water and silicone oil. They need to be added in the right proportions and stirred at the right time. Then I put it in a cup and pour it across the canvas.
Q: Where do the ideas for your paintings come from?
A: It’s a very spontaneous process, so you don’t really know what you’re going to get when it comes out. I would say the skill is the use of colour and composition of flow through the piece. It’s such a fun process and I’d definitely recommend trying it for yourself.
Q: When did you first realise that you wanted to be an artist?
A: Basically I studied business at uni, then I went travelling in India and I noticed that loads of the hostels had graffiti on the wall. I asked the manager if I could paint in return for a free stay and he agreed. That was the first time I had painted since I was a kid at school. That’s when I realised I just loved it and I had to pursue it as a career.
Q: Tell us how you got started…
A: With social media now, you can basically set up a business with just an Instagram account and that’s exactly what I did. It’s taken three years and it’s been a long slog, constantly working sixteen hour days, you do get there in the end, so just make a start.
Q: So obviously we know that you are killing it, but what’s the hardest thing about being an artist?
A: I try to run it like a business and we have a big team now, so I’m never at a point where I switch off. I run my business through social media, so even when I’m in bed I’ll be thinking of new ideas. I don’t really get a point where I can just chill.
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We also quizzed Sophie on her obvious *add to bag* pieces. Shop her picks below!