Every week we show the best of the UnderPinned Community, putting a spotlight on two freelancers whose work we believe deserve a special mention.
Edwin Louis, Bag Designer
My name is Edwin and I’m from Battersea, South London.
I released a collection a few years ago but stopped to concentrate on film, another passion of mine. I’d been sketching designs and dreaming about making bags for a few months last year so decided to give it a go again and Edwin Louis London was born.
I’m pretty impulsive so a lot of the time I’ll have a shape in mind but will figure out the rest by walking through fabric shops in Soho or West London and see what catches my eye. I like texture and personality a lot. I see the person that would wear the bag when I make it like I’m writing a film character as I put the bag together. A lot of the bags are one-offs as well, which I think is important.
Luckily my studio is in my dining room, so at the moment I’m staying indoors and putting the finishing touches to the collection. I’ll be ready to launch the backpacks once we’re allowed to venture outside again but the Post Office Bags are available online from today.
Look at Edwin’s full UnderPinned Portfolio on our Virtual Office!
Emily Eldridge, Illustrator
After graduating from design school in the United States in 2004, I worked as an Artist-in-Residence at an international school in Hong Kong for more than 10 years. While living in Hong Kong, I freelanced part-time for clients in the Asia region but kept my full-time day job. I made the decision to become a full-time freelancer in early 2019, after finishing my two Master’s degrees.
It has now been one year working as a full-time artist, and it has been a huge learning experience, but I’m really enjoying it so far. I work on everything from mural projects to spatial graphics, editorial illustration, fashion graphics, and more. Inspired by fashion, pop culture, and daily life, I aim to create eye-catching and visually bold imagery with an element of humour and wit.
Murals are probably my favourite type of project, and last year I had the opportunity to join the Talking Walls Mural Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, and created one of my largest murals yet! It was around 20ft x 80ft, and took around 5 days to complete. Luckily I had some amazing assistants or else it would have been impossible to finish in time!
I have exhibited and painted large-scale walls in Hong Kong, Spain, China, The Czech Republic, The United States, and Germany, among others; and my clients include The Boston Globe, Medium, Intercom, GU Global (Uniqlo), IFC Hong Kong, SCAD, and more.
Look at Emily’s full UnderPinned Portfolio on our Virtual Office!