In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to Joshua Anthony Hansler (@joshuaanthonyhansler on Instagram). #CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the the talent working within them.
PW- Hey Josh! How’s it going?
Hi, I’m very well thank you, how’re you?
PW- Good thank you! So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what do you?
I am a fashion and textile creative designer, I strongly focus on ensuring my designs make a difference. I like the idea of being able to influence others through the work I do.
PW- You’ve just graduated from the University of Portsmouth, and your final collection is entitled NEON LIBERATION. Can you tell us more a bit more about the project and what inspired it?
‘Neon Liberation’ aims to liberate individuals who feel oppressed by society; allowing them to express themselves through clothing and blurring the lines of gender stereotypes. The collection addresses political issues such as LGBT equality, and this is referenced throughout, with statement pieces in the collection addressing issues of homophobia, for example. This concept is built upon with traditionally seen ‘female’ silhouettes, such as crop jackets and high-waist flares, which are then paired with typical gay iconography, like crotch-less chaps, BDSM- style biker jackets and Western- inspired tassels. The collection aims to educate people about issues in the LGBT community and influence change within society.
PW- You’ve had some great moments across your fashion career so far. What would be the best highlight?
I couldn’t possibly put a finger on the greatest moment of my career so far. I get such amazing opportunities every day, and just appreciate every single opportunity I get. So I couldn’t actually tell you the best highlight, because my career is a journey.
PW- What are you future plans/ ambitions?
As long as I am forever making a change with my fashion and design then I will be happy. I’m happy to take my career as it comes and just go on an adventure with my work, and see where it takes me.
PW- This blog focuses heavily on creativity and the real people behind the art. How does creativity affect you on a day to day basis? Do you get super inspired out and about, or is it more of a focused effort, where you can shut off from the world and just think?
I feel anything can be inspirational, the world and the people in it truly baffle me, and continue to inspire me everyday. Creativity affects me heavily, I can see inspiration in everything and sometimes it’s difficult, as I can’t go about a normal day without having to photograph something or draw something. It can be draining at times. Creativity is such a difficult thing to explain, it can hit you at any time of the day, be it in the morning or in the middle of the night, you can’t control it. I feel true inspiration always comes when you least expect it, you definitely can’t control it, and that’s the inspiration that’s needed to find something beautiful.
PW- In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
I have a statement that I always go back to, and that is ‘do one thing every day to move forwards, and you can physically never go back’ which is quite possibly the truest thing I have ever heard. I find that some days it can be hard and often so draining, but if you can do one thing every day that moves you forward, you can only be going in the right direction.
PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, what we can watch/ listen to- no judgement!