EPONINE MEETS > MILLA EASTWOOD

WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF CATCHING UP WITH THE DELICIOUSLY TALENTED ARTIST MILLA EASTWOOD. WE TALKED PLANTS (SHE’S AN ALMIGHTY LOVER OF NATURE), PLACES TO SHOP AND WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE HANGING MUGWORT FROM OUR BEDROOM WALLS.

PLEASE WILL YOU TELL THE READER ALL ABOUT YOUR WORK?

The paintings that I bring into creation are full of emotional charge, there's a whole healing process that isn’t seen but taking place within my sensing body.  Over the last year I've been getting to know a friendly Hawthorn tree. After making a tincture with the berries, I like to invite Hawthorn into my being before I paint (dance or sleep). I take a shot of her medicine and then....see what arises and comes out.

MUCH LIKE YOUR PAINTINGS, YOUR SENSE OF STYLE IS BOLD AND UNIQUE. WHERE DO YOU TEND TO SHOP TO BUY CLOTHES?

I’m drawn to more natural tones or radiating yellows. I was told I had a yellow aura, so maybe yellow is my colour?  

I don't go with the intention to shop but this year I came across a boutique full of art deco jewellery in Stroud (www.stroudvintage.com). It was my lucky day, everything was half price and I left with a beautiful 70s dress by a Belgium designer and an earthy brown 50s wool tie to match. I'm really into holes, big stitches and rips. I wore my “holy top” the other day (that I've had for over 10 years!) and a mate of mine had a real aversion to it, he had a proper phobia of holes!

WHICH OF YOUR PAINTINGS WOULD YOU MAKE INTO AN EPONINE PRINT AND WHY?

The paintings I'm making at the moment remind me to keep an open heart. So if they could do that for the Eponine lovers that would make me smile. 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC TO WORK TO?

I like silence but sometimes I listen to the wonderful sounds of Hildegard of Bingham and composer Toni Castells. Saint Hildegard was a Christian mystic, composer and artist. I like to imagine her singing in the monastery 900 years ago.

And Toni, ah his music is so felt and heart opening. I got to experience it live in St Luke's church in Islington last year, the energy contained within the church walls was moving. 

WHERE YOU CAN, YOU LIKE TO WORK OUTSIDE AND IN BOTANICAL GARDENS. ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN GEMS/LESSER KNOWN OUTDOOR SPOTS IN LONDON THAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?

Global Generation are doing a cool thing, they’re an educational charity which works with children to create environmentally responsible communities. They grow fruit and veg in the city, check out the Story Garden. 

I moved out of London a few years ago but I often day dream about Bonnington Square in the sunshine. It’s tucked away in Vauxhall and there's a garden and a wonderful outdoor cafe Italo. It's quiet and you get a sense of the community spirit. 

WHAT ARE YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE THREE FLOWERS/PLANTS?

I like the strength that arises in my body when sitting with Hawthorn, she feels comforting, (she feels like a she, feminine).

I had a special experience in meditation with Fennel once, I sensed bright lights projecting above my shoulders. 

Oh and Mugwort - I heard it enhances dreams so picked some and have bunches hanging from my bedroom walls. I’ve had some colourful dreams when drinking it as a tea! 

Photographed by Hannah Scott