Last week I had the pleasure to model for Ren, founder of Ren London, whom I first met at the local cafe where I work as barista. Over months of small talk I discovered that she owns her own Home and Apparel brand. She combines ethically sourced, natural fabrics with thoughtful design to deliver conscious products for your home and wardrobe.
As soon as she discovered that I hail from the Netherlands and traded in a corporate career in the financial sector for my artistic lifestyle, she knew she wanted to work with me in some capacity. So when she began circling around the idea of a limited colour run of Painter’s shirts, I was her girl! Below is a Q&A session I did with Ren and some gorgeous photos of me in my element, atop the rooftop of my flat where I spend my time painting above the bustle and hustle of East London. Couldn’t be happier with the results – THANKS REN!
ps. interested in one of the shirts? You can shop them at https://www.renlondon.co/clothing/aw-pre-order-painters-shirt-in-raw-silk – be quick cause there is only a few left!
How do you take your coffee? Decaf. Black in the morning, milky in the afternoon.
Cold or warm holiday? Warm holiday in Spring, cold holiday in Autumn.
Where did you grow up? Roermond, a small town in the south of the Netherlands.
How would you describe your art? Abstract, bold, colourful, moving and busy.
What’s an average day like for you? I feel best when I wake up early (6am), starting each day with yoga and meditation followed by breakfast and coffee. After that I either grab my art supplies and paint my heart out on my rooftop, go out and vlog my way around the London art scene (YouTube: Art by Anne-Claire Fleer), jump behind my computer for some admin and social media (Instagram: artbyanneclairefleer) or work as a barista at a cute little cafe in Hackney. In the evening I like to slow down with some good food and a tv show before I’m off to bed.
What’s your favourite room in the house and why? Open plan kitchen, being able to enjoy cooking food in the kitchen while at the same time enjoying the atmosphere in the living room (think candles and company of friends)
Your go to piece of clothing. Oversized sweaters. Always have, always will.
Top 3 favourite London places. Broadway Market, Columbia Flower Market and Primrose Hill.
What makes you smile in the morning? My morning routine (yoga, meditation, healthy breakfast and coffee) and the freedom of being my own boss, owning my own agenda.
Favourite Dutch word. Gezellig (no real translation, but the closest word would be cosy).
Head over to Ren’s journal to read the full interview and cutest introduction I’ve ever had: https://www.renlondon.co/journal/2017/10/16/meet