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This feature has been a pretty long time coming as Piffy got in touch with me in September last year! I guess it just shows that trying to be creative can also be very time consuming! She is a mixed media artist who produces vibrant psychadelic piecies using a meticulous process of cutting and sticking, as well as spray paint and pens.


“I am Piffy. I want to tell you a story I could never vocalise. I want to evoke a sense of understanding that cannot be explained. I’m about ambiguity, definitive lack of clarity, passion and rhymes. It’s not purposeful but not purposeless, a weird kind of calming stress, something that requires all my effort yet is…effortless.” Surround by creativity from an early age had a big impact. “My family are a huge influence, my mum is insanely creative, she can make anything – paintings, ornaments, costumes and clothes. My dad is the same – he builds motorbikes and cars, and makes his own watch straps. I only truly learned to appreciate my family after my granddad passed away. I was never close to him but have a gold ring that he made himself for me and I wear it everyday.”

As well as being influenced by her family, Piffy studied philosophy for a few year and was obsessed with religious studies at school. “I was completely amazed by stories of God and thinking about what we are, and why we exist. I am definitely influenced by ancient Greek philosophy, and religious art. A lot of people say my style is quite Aztec which i think subconsciously is an effect of mushrooms. I am trying to explicate a divisible unity – my strange ego would like my art to display an agglomerated spiritual awareness which sounds very pretentious but it is about whole of parts, parts of a whole, perception, mood, mania, hysteria, calm. With all this seriousness its quite strange that my style is very cartoony – this juxtapose provides a balance – just because I think so much doesn’t mean I take life seriously – not caring wouldn’t be a good way to describe how i feel about life but i enjoy it despite revelling in all its complexity…to be honest i love everything. I love giving myself too much to think about and I think a lot and very fast – I speak what I think because my brain runs too quick to think before hand.”

Piffy lives for her art. “I like to use spray paint and paint markers for murals and paintings – these materials i discovered from going out with friends and doing graffiti. I use them to make paintings and drawings too – I love the fact you can layer them so you can make mistake after mistake until the canvas wears through. I make cards, I just made a colouring book called Mindfuckedness which is the first thing I have put for sale. I have painted murals for a local primary school and a barbers in Falmouth and decorated festivals. My dream is to make a living by expressing myself to others.” 

There isn’t one thing which sticks out as something she’s had to overcome, as Piffy feesl like she is constantly overcoming things. “I’m never totally comfortable. I feel like life is a constant series of realising the last thing you did wasn’t quite what you saw it for at the time, learning from it and doing it differently. Constant growth – sometimes the pressure can mount up a lot and that’s when i stagnate, become stressed and manic – but that’s never bad for creativity so life is always win-win for me! I am a total perfectionist and extremely driven so the biggest thing I’ve achieved in terms of my creative outlet is learning to love irregularities. I used to be totally obsessed with everything being completely symmetrical and if something wasn’t I’d instantly throw the idea away. Now I revel in the odd bits.” 

Piffy’s proudest moment was getting asked to do a mural at the hairdressers and then getting paid for it. “Getting paid for it is important because it gives you a tangible value – and it really let me know that I wasn’t wasting time by putting my energy into my art. It just hit home that people appreciate it and also because my mum and dad got to see me working for the first time. They were happy because it was legal and they got to see it for something more than a hobby. I was happy because they were so impressed and had no idea I was capable of doing what I was doing, it was so nice to make them proud of me.” 

I meet myself and then forget who I am constantly. I feel like i’ve pushed the boundaries of my own sanity to the limit so I am totally comfortable with the fact that I could never loose the plot. I feel very secure, but always get the sense that I am unnerving. I have a lot of energy that isn’t always directed well but is a result of caring, maybe too much about everything; how it all works, how complex it is.”

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