I started writing some of the words that are included in Free Spirits when I was 13. Amongst the artists I sought out to interview during my teens, one of the first was Sandra Blow, when I was 15. The more artists I visited and spoke to, the more I felt intrigued to talk to others. When I was 17, I made the promise to myself that I’d release my first book before I turned 30. I told myself that there was no other option but to do it, whatever it took. The next 13 years were filled with encounters all over the world with artists in their homes and studios, from Paris to New York, to St Ives.
The funny, tragic, inspiring words and stories that I heard over those 15 years were a compass for where I went next and the decisions that I made, and the energy of each person I interviewed has stayed with me ever since. On the 18th October 2019, Free Spirits was published, the day before my 30th birthday. I can’t correctly put into words how timely and special this event feels for me. I hope that the book will pass the artists’ spirit and courage on to others for many years to come.