Miss Led Studio Joanna Henly Reintroduction & Happy New Year

Happy New Year All.

Other than the work you can see on my INSTAGRAM stream and website, I thought it a good time to reintroduce myself here. Here’s a bit about me in 15 facts.

  • I was told 12 years ago – by gallerists, agents and publishing houses that I wouldn’t succeed as an artist due to not creating  in one set way
  • I finally expanded my successful business as – Miss Led Studio – in 2018 with an impressive list of projects under my belt created for some of the biggest brands on the planet – so I’d say it’s been going pretty well thanks guys!
  • Last year was my quietest year yet, (so needed), though I got to partner with Apple for a live inspiration session at the Regent Street Store, created and continue to livestream content on BEHANCE for three months with Adobe and prepare for a big workshop with the V&A MUSEUM.
  • Historically I’m quite shy and was a sometimes nervous teenager, though seriously gregarious around people I know – this can still be the case – I’m still petrified when working in a live setting or speaking in public.
  • I feel empowered, ecstatically happy and fuelled with confidence after working in a live setting or speaking in public.

 

Joanna Henly Miss led Studio

London studio shot courtesy of Sophia Schorr-kon

  • My favourite and most satisfying work is that which challenges me, (scares) – large scale painting. From painting murals and interior schemes for boutiques, stores, windows for Selfridges, across barges and cars I’m focused on channelling more of these projects this year.
  • I’ve been an ambassador for many leading art and tech brands – from painting in VR for Google and producing  a number of short film content for Wacom to live painting for Liquitex on canvas which hung in the SAATCHI GALLERY
  • I wrote 2 books about drawing that I dedicated to my Dad and are sold globally and stocked in the Tate Gallery and National Portrait Gallery London
  • Over the last 12years I’ve picked up so many skills other than just art creation. Building strategy, pulling together teams and creating campaigns for brands is something that pushes my imagination and allows me to work with other creatives across different disciplines, whilst bringing even more strings to my bow. That’s an important one to mention.
  • I’ve suffered from burnouts which have lead to long creative blocks. The last 2 years have focused on how to establish a healthier balance, working out how to assert more control and essentially be more proactive than reactive. Moving from London after 20years was a big part of this. Stepping away from social media too.
  • I’m a massive fan of Psyche Rock music (which has influenced my art a lot since I was about 13), and Anatolian, (70’s Greek Psyche Rock) . I think this comes from listening to Pink Floyd and Elephant’s Memory with my Gamps when I was little. Guilty pleasures : ABBA – thanks Gamps, Five Star and lots of Sade.
  • Always been a big supporter of professional practice through teaching and running workshops. I set up a Creative Mentor Programme in December. I’m working with aspiring artists, students and artists looking to expand their practice. Every mentee I’ve worked with this far have booked follow up sessions. So I’d say it’s going really well so far
  • I’m selfishly excited about mentoring as I get to remind myself all the positive practices, incredible resources and share all the great learning gained over the last 20+years. I’m also a big fan of being a cheerleader. The sessions seriously charges me with positive energy – so it’s a win win situation. Find out more HERE
  • I’m a month into living in a new live work PAINTING space in Lisbon. So expect to see a return to paint this year. This thought brings me a lot of happiness
  • I stopped travelling for the last 6months of 2019 – it’s been a fruitful time for setting up collaborations, workshops and engaging deeper in my life and home here. I’ve not been happier

You all have played a huge part in my development, from reading, interacting and buying work, sharing love, encouragement and being along for the ride – So much love to you and wishing you the best of 2020 and the decade ahead.

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