Lakwena Maciver is an artist and a graduate of BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication. She is working on a collaboration with Clinique and has just finished a solo show in LA.
What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?
BA (Hons) Graphic Media Design: Illustration Pathway. Graduated 2009.
Where are you from in the world?
Born in North London, lived in Ethiopia for a bit, raised in South London. Half Ugandan, half English.
What are your fondest memories of LCC?
Just after hand-in, sitting on the benches out the front in the sun.
What are you working on at the moment?
Just finished a solo show in LA, so recuperating. From next week starting on a mural/album cover for a musician, also working on a collaboration with Clinique.
Name three things you couldn't be creative without:
Jesus, my eyes, my hands.
If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be?
The musician Abimaro.
Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:
I'd like to have kids and keep making art. I want to be still painting walls when I'm 80.
What drives you to succeed?
Faith that I was put here for a reason and that if I just do what I can with what I have - the good and the bad - God will bring success, even if I or others don't recognise it as that. It puts the pressure on but simultaneously takes it off.
What three words would you use to best describe LCC?
Buzzing, concrete, competitive.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Be open to new influences and new ideas. Do what you want to with your work. Follow your instincts. Be ambitious. It's a lifelong journey and this is just the very beginning.
Try and be around other creatives, starting now and continuing when you graduate. If you can try and move to an area where other artists and designers are. Even though it's more expensive than living at home if you have the option, I think it's probably worth moving in with other students while you're at uni if you can.
Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?
Shopping!!! Charity shops, vintage shops, Oxford Circus, car boot sales, Broadway Market… If I'm in the right frame of mind it can be really inspiring / overwhelming taking it all in - the stuff in the shops but also the way it's displayed and the 'street decoration' on my way there. The library - I still love spending an afternoon in the UAL libraries. Tate Modern magazine section.