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In the studio with Pirate

The artist and illustrator tells us why she loves Hong Kong and how she ended up working with fashion brands.

Pirate. Photo: Olivier Yoan

Constant run-ins with the ever-affable “Pirate” (not her baptismal name – that would be Tanya Bennett) at fashionable events have finally led us to her studio. There’s a glorious dichotomy to this young lady; glamazon in pretty ensembles at a corner of a designer-label event, versus sweaty marathoner in welled trainers passing lesser athletes in a flash of neon and Nike.

“Well, in Hong Kong, you can be both; anything and everything. No judgement,” she says. “Well, maybe a little!” Since graduating in 2007 with a degree in clothing design and manufacture (specialising in illustration and fashion advertising), she’s been working in the field of art and design. Her sketches have a whimsical and personal stamp that’s unique and so lovely that even the biggest brands have taken note and hired her for collaborations.

The paths of corporate guidelines and creative enterprise rarely cross, but Pirate’s been lucky, “I’ve been fortunate to work with a number of incredible brands, such as Christian Louboutin, Fendi and Cartier, each of which has granted me the creative freedom to interpret their brief, allowing us to deliver a beautiful visual that best represents the brand.”

To see a behind-the-scenes video interview with Pirate, click here.