Daniella Jones is an easy follow — a true no-brainer. Between her portrait paintings, makeup tutorials, and etherial-gypsy style, it's no wonder her moment is imminent. Or, is it already happening? She's rising fast in both social and artistic fame, and today, the former can certainly boost the latter.
The"'95 kid in Copenhagen" (as her Instagram bio states) encompasses the originality, character, and sense of self all millennials strive to hold and maintain. Is her free-spirited digital presence — full of haphazard paint palettes and 1960s glam — a social facade or a genuine display of personality? Regardless, Jones is certainly having fun with her own creativity while revealing a personal evolution that is foreign to no one.
Walking into Jones' studio is a Danish dream, complete with clean shelving and a twist of whim. We spoke with the artist about her home, how she finds inspiration, and where. It quickly becomes clear after a glance at the Scandinavian's space that she embodies Danish design with a twist of experimentation — headscarves, floral frocks, and pink eyeshadow. Read ahead for Jones' thoughts on design, creating a home, and even organizing a perfect bookshelf.
Lonny: What do you need in your space to feel at home?
Daniella Jones: I definitely need my painting tools to feel at home; brushes, pallets, and things like that. Similar to people who play an instrument, I need my craft nearby whenever I feel inspired.
I’m not a fan of the cave feeling in a home — I like my workspace to be full of light with natural colors popping throughout, such as a plant or colorful painting. I love colors because they facilitate inspiration for me. In addition to this, I do most of my work at night so I need my home to have bright colors, consequently making the rooms easier to illuminate. Also, I think I need to mention that I do not have a specific room for working in, because I enjoy switching up my routine every once in a while.
Lonny: How long have you been living in this space?
DJ: Forever. I love it here.
Lonny: Are their elements of your studio and home that are characteristic of Danish design?
DJ: A lot of the furniture is handmade, including my working table and the bookshelf. I also have a HAY chair which is very Danish.
Lonny: What neighborhood in Copenhagen do you live? Can you tell us about that neighborhood and why you like it?
DJ: I live in Frederiksberg, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Copenhagen. It has so many big, beautiful, bright apartments with pretty details such as stucco and high ceilings. To make a comparison to another place, it reminds me of Paris, especially in images of Frederiksbergs Allé.
Lonny: What was your inspiration behind the bookshelves? Did you design them yourself?
DJ: My family and I always thought it would be beautiful to have high bookshelves because we have high ceilings. I think it’s pretty cool when you make each shelf in a different form because you are able to put different items in them. In my opinion, really amazing interior design is all about finding different forms along with colors and making them fit well together as a whole. We made the shelves in collaboration with the builder. He's a great guy — not a professional builder or anything — who's hobby is making things.
Lonny: Bookshelves tend to be a personal pursuit in terms of organization. How do you organize your shelves?
DJ: I like to make them very personal, very me. For example, I put my painting tools — pencils, paint, pens, brushes — inside the shelves. I also like to have some of my smaller works on the shelves. I like to make it feel like my own little personal showroom of who I am.
Lonny: How is your personal style reflected in your home design?
DJ: Nothing is color coordinated. I’d like to mix and not match, as a mentioned earlier, which reflects my personal style pretty well, I think. In my different series, I like to make the paintings contrast with each other hence making them represent their own individual take in the theme. I would think a fully red series would be a bit boring for the eye, and on that account I do not think I would like my living room to be fully red. But hey, if you can pull it off, I think it could potentially look pretty dope!
Lonny: Your living space and studio are connected. How do you separate work and relaxation?
DJ: I do not really separate work and relaxation. I’m really relaxed when working because I love it so much. Painting is not really that straining on your body, but it is important to relax and find the right posture when working, or else it could be.
Lonny: How do your surroundings inspire your art?
DJ: My inspiration mostly comes from outside of my own space, when visiting other people’s homes or museums; or being on the computer listening to music or going through Instagram. That is where the inspiration comes from. But, “how” it inspires can differ a lot from piece to piece. It's hard to say or explain exactly without looking at the individual piece while staring or listening to the inspiration at the same time.
Lonny: If you had to choose one favorite thing about the space you’ve created, what would it be and why?
DJ: It would have to be that nothing is final. I love moving things around, removing things or adding new stuff. I like to have a dynamic home, which is why I try to keep the furniture light and easy to move around.
Lonny: You're a makeup artist as well. What are the similarities between painting on a canvas and painting with makeup?
DJ: I really enjoy making the eyes pop or making beautiful eyebrows and healthy skin in my portrait paintings. And, these are the things I also focus on while doing makeup on people. For me, the two connect really well because both are used to show expression and the step-by-step only depends on the canvas (it being a face or a paper). In addition to this, makeup is a learning experience because I learn a lot about the facial features I can create when painting freehand. I LOVE them both.
Lonny: What are your biggest goals as an artist?
DJ: To always be inspired to create, and to remain a student of my craft. I also would love to have my own gallery or studio, where young people can exhibit their work and be creative with me. ■
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