Project fiend: getting to know Albertine Lello

The creative sphere is the absolute best place to be — there are so many exciting and intriguing projects and ideas being pursued, and you always meet the best people. Recently, we caught up with Albertine Lello of Pigment Studio and discussed everything from fine art, handcrafted chokers, and even stationery!

Yarns: First of all, what on earth don't you do!? I see works of art, woven wall hangings, and beauty blogging all over your website. Can you explain what your main focuses are in your creative world?

Albertine Lello: Hahaha! I definitely have waaay too many projects on the go, but I just love to be busy! My main focuses at the moment would have to be my fine art practice, as that is what I'm currently studying at university, as well as my recent web-shop where I sell handmade accessories. Beauty blogging is also something I started a few years ago, and ever since then, it's been a constant interest of mine.


Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Who you are, where you're from, you're loves and loathes?

My name is Albertine, I am 19 years old and was born and raised in Auckland, (where I still live). I love making, viewing and reading/writing about art. I also enjoy cooking, playing the violin, reading and spending waaaay too much of my time on Instagram and Pinterest! 

How did it all begin? What made you decide to create Pigment Studio, and when did you get it started?

Pigment Studio is actually a rather recent thing for me, as my previous blog name was ‘Lovely Rose Petal’, which I had run for about four or five years. The actual blog content is still much the same, with the addition of more of my own fine art practice as well as my inspirations and influences. Pigment Studio is essentially a place where all of my interests are collated. I like to think of it as a web-based mood/inspiration board combined with my art studio that I can share with the world / anyone who wants to listen.


On your site you have a variety of beautiful chokers for sale. Do you create these yourself? How do you decide what you'll create and/or stock?

Why thank you, I do indeed! As someone who doesn't have pierced ears, I often wear necklaces and chokers. I think that the décolletage is a really beautiful part of the human body, so creating pieces of jewellery that accentuate this area is something that I'm really interested in. As I mentioned earlier, I spend a lot of time scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram and I am constantly seeing things that I want to recreate for myself. One of those things being chokers and necklaces. The first velvet chokers I made were inspired by Bolo wrap chokers, which are very trendy at the moment, as well as the bow-tie chokers seen worn by the women in many of Édouard Manet's paintings. As for my other chokers, I usually just create them based on recent trends that I've seen, as well as shapes and silhouettes that I am drawn to.


So you're very into the fine art world. Can you explain your background with this? Did you study or are you self-taught? 

I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Elam School of Fine Arts, which is a four-year degree. I've just about finished my second year of study. Throughout school I always had an interest in Art and Art History, so it was kind of inevitable that I would end up doing a degree that involved these things!

What's the big plan for the future? Have you got a life roadmap or are you going with the flow?

As much as I like to plan the things that are going to happen in my life, in the Art/Creative industry, you really can't predict what path you will take, as your final outcome is very much determined by opportunities that arise and the people that you meet. I try to say ‘yes’ to as many things that pop up, as this is the main way I will gain contacts and knowledge/experience. In turn, I hope this will further enable me to eventually end up at a place where I am busy and doing something that I love. Even though at the moment, I'm not too sure where that place will be.


And a quickfire Q&A:

Cats or dogs? Cats, definitely cats.

Summer or winter? Oooohhh, I do love summer, but I think I would have to choose winter.

Pizza or burgers? Another difficult one, but ... burgers.

Wine or beer? Not a fan of either.

Pen or pencil? Depends on the type of pen and pencil we are talking about. If it's between a 0.5mm inky gel pen and a standard HB pencil, I would have to pick the pen. But if it were between a 1mm ball point pen and a mechanical pencil, I would go for the pencil. It's kind of sad, but I am very particular about the type of pens/pencils I like to use!

Physical book or e-book? Physical book by far. I just love the weight of a book.

Eyeliner or lipstick? Gotta have my lipstick. You've got to keep up with the play with what Albertine is working on, because, by the looks of it, there's always something new and exciting happening! Keep an eye on her website here, and even follow her on Twitter and Instagram!