ALXNDRA Collaborates: Yoyo The Ricecorpse
We met a handful of years ago on the wonderful world of the internet. Back when instagram communities were still an emerging thing, we connected through a love of illustration and an appreciation of each others work and took the plunge to meet in real life! Mission success as it’s safe to say I don’t think I could ask for a better friend to share my nerdy passions with or to lament about the struggles of freelance life with.
In 2018, our first Valentines Day collaboration was released. We originally had the idea to create a sub-brand consisting purely on collaboration items under the title of “FRIENDfriends”. Of course we both got too busy to keep this idea up but FRIENDfriends did not die a complete conceptual death as it now lives on with our second collaboration project “Cake Dates”!
CAKE DATES COLLECTION:
“Cake Dates” consists of our most ambitious project together yet! It is a limited edition mini-collection of a hawaiian style shirt and an oversized style tent dress eco-printed with a detailed repeat print both Yoyo and I worked on together. The idea for “Cake Dates” came about exactly how it sounds. One of our favourite ways to hang out is to have a literal cake date. We visit some of our favourite cafes in London, eat what can only be described as ‘too much’ cake and have a good ‘ol catch up! Matcha is usually our choice of poison and was a no-brainer for the theme. A classic artists’ “see it, draw it” moment!
Pre-orders began on Feb 14th and will end March 14th.
You can Pre-Order the Yumi Shirt and Kumi Dress Here.
I thought what better way to expand on the finer details of our collaboration than to hand over the reigns to Yoyo herself. I sent her a few questions and here’s what she had to say.
A: So we have been buddies for a while now! How about you explain to our readers in your own words what our first meeting was like? :D
A: When I suggested this collaboration project, you seemed pretty surprised by my ambitions! Haha, how did you find your experience working with me this time around?
A: What were your expectations vs reality on working on this type of collaboration since it’s so different to your usual work?
A: How did you feel about modelling for our collaboration?
Y: I loved our shoot because Callum and Dylan (our photographer and his assistant) are super nice and chilled! And the fact that I have you made it less nervous and more fun for me! But I have to admit I felt awkward posing haha! As someone who always works behind the scenes I am so not used to being in front of the camera.
A: What are your thoughts on the slow fashion movement and how it connects to artists like us?
Y: Is this a dissertation question? I think slow fashion is more of an art project with a minimal business budget for survival whereas fast fashion is just pure business. We are artists who just love art and love creating art. With the minimal business mindset in slow fashion it keeps us alive so we can keep creating, doing what we love doing :)
A: What are your favourite mediums to create your work with?
Y: I love fine liners I often use it for warm up drawings and brain storms in my doodle book. Otherwise I mainly use my Wacom to draw on photoshop. Nothing fancy really.
A: I already know ;) but why did you became an illustrator and what were you doing beforehand?
A: Tell us a little more about your characters Hibud and Ramen Friends.
A: What’s next for Yoyo The Ricecorpse?
Our Cake Dates collaboration is still available for another week!
- You can pre-order them HERE.
- Alternatively, you can check out Yoyo's website at yoyothericecorpse.com where you can see her other work (or order our preorder on her website too!)
Many thanks to those of you reading my new blog!
Would you like to see me collaborate more with Yoyo?
Or with other Artists?! Comment below and let me know your thoughts :)