While Ofilaye and I play in different areas of the creative world - he, a photographer and filmmaker, and me, a jewellery maker - visuals play a huge role in what we do. And, the way in which we collaborate on projects has been built through a deep understanding of each other’s practices and the way in which we communicate ideas. His eye for capturing storytelling and narrative in a rich way has always inspired me and I was interested to see how the senses influence and inspire his work, and how it may resonate with my own. (If you missed it, you can read the first instalment of Talking Senses here!)
When creating, it all starts with SIGHT. Ofilaye’s starting point is to dip into his “Inspiration Reservoir” on his desktop. “When I’m planning a photoshoot or film, I create moodboards first. I store all my favourite images, paintings and quotes etc in a folder on my desktop - my ‘Inspiration Reservoir’.” And because it’s on his desktop and not a particular app, it means Ofilaye can moodboard on the go - anywhere, anytime. And I know as well as anyone that you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places!
Clothing is another aspect of Ofilaye’s creative work and for this, it’s good old pen and paper then he uses to first visualise ideas, before seeking inspiration on the Internet. Being a visual artist, colour must be integral to Ofilaye’s work - but is there a particular one he finds himself drawn to often? “Blue,” he says. “It’s always been my favourite colour since I was a child”. I wanted to delve deeper though, and understand what is it about blue that captures him. “I think it’s the calming endlessness. The sky. The Ocean.”
There’s one thing it seems that Ofilaye is rarely without: a steaming cup of green tea. Funnily enough, it’s the one thing that brings together TOUCH, SMELL and TASTE for him in relation to his creative work.
I loved this conversation with Ofilaye, delving into some of his rituals and techniques that form part of his amazing creative work. My new collection - Jāli - has been shot by him, and I can’t wait to share it all with you soon!