Award winning live painter and illustrator both in London and Europe, Joanna Henly is barely in her 3rd year of working under the guise of Miss Led. In this time she has managed to amass a lucrative body of work with a high profile clientele. She's created distinctively playful, flirtatious and diverse styles on many surfaces in a plethora of mediums. Painting live, a window for Selfridges and large-scale illustration work for Reebok and Diesel, to painting bespoke interior pieces for celebrities and Brompton Rd boutiques. Working closely with a client to determine which style, and feel is most suited to the project, Joanna will implement either paint or drawing to then employ Photoshop or Illustrator to create the final product.
Question: What was your highlight of 2009? Miss Led: I think being commissioned to paint live for London Fashion week was pretty exciting. The Fashion Factory was a creative hub set up to showcase new and exciting artists and designers which also hosted a show by Vivienne Westwood. Question: Where are you originally from? Miss Led: South Wales, but I’ve moved around all my life. London is the longest place I have ever lived. I’m not sure where’ll I’ll go next. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Miss Led: I moved to London after completing my degree driven by the understanding that the streets were paved with gold, naturally. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Miss Led: My new studio is now situated at home again, it's the large room with clear divisions between drawing, digitizing and final draft work. Question: How do you get your ideas? Miss Led: By not expecting to sit in my studio and for them to just arrive. As soon as I’m away from my normal environment, eg: a bus, café or a train, thoughts flow. I start by writing lists, then in joining elements within them together, I look at overall composition and then narrative.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Miss Led: I have a good amount of files consisting of magazine tear sheets, all sitting in plastic wallets filed in various subjects. What I find whilst browsing the internet I file and print out. That is where I find most of my inspiration is of late. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Miss Led: Food, cooking and dining out is pretty important to me. Organising events is something I’ve found I’m quite adept at, bringing people together and creating creative frameworks is something that’s very important to me. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Miss Led: I was set a huge challenge recently after visiting D&Me, opposite Chanel on Brompton Street. I had to cover as much wall space as possible, across 3 floors, adjoining corridors, walls, stairs and doors to include changing rooms. All in a very short time. Question: How do you think a friend, or professor who knows you well would describe you? Miss Led: Passionate, driven, hard working, playful, warm, a little nuts. Question: What do you have bookmarked? Miss Led: Gocco stuff, US Gallery places, fashion photography. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait? Miss Led: Karen Elson.
LYNX, Swatch , Selfridges London, Reebok, Red Bull , Style Magazine, Diesel, Vauxhall, Big Chill Festival , Secret Garden Festival , Nike, GQ Magazine, KMS California, McCainFavourites
, Islington, Upper Street
: Stolen Space
off Brick Lane
: Owl and the Pussycat, Redchurch St, E1