the young creatives

Petra Collins, Arvida Byström, Michael Bailey Gates and India Salvor Menuez are the digital youth changing the face of art, photography and fashion.

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09 June 2015, 8:50am

Petra Collins

What do you do and why do you do it?
Art (I take photos, curate shows, make sculptures). I do it to stay alive and to hopefully create change. 

What are you working on at the moment?
Working on a feature film and a book called Babe that features over 30 tales of female artists. 

What advice would you give young people wishing to follow in your footsteps?
As cheesy as it is, do not give up and do not give a fuck about what people think. 

We're celebrating the 35th Birthday Issue of i-D, when did you last celebrate and what was the occasion?
Celebrating myself - you've got to do it every day. I'm lucky to be alive and do what I do. 

Tell us one thing that no one knows about you.
My obsession with cavalier King Charles spaniels. I follow like 200 cavalier Instagrams. 

Finish this sentence: 35 is the new…
too young.

Styling Julia Sarr-Jamois. Hair Tina Outen at Streeters London. Make-up Maki Ryoke at Tim Howard Management using Tom Ford Beauty. Petra wears Top and shorts vintage from The Contemporary Wardrobe. 

Arvida Byström

What do you do and why do you do it?
Everything and nothing. I can afford to take a day off. I wish that for everyone. 

Describe yourself in five words.
Calm, boring, creative, scared, brave. 

How did you start your career?
On the internet. 

What are you working on at the moment?
Some music, videos, and my first photo book. 

What advice would you give young people wishing to follow in your footsteps?
Don't follow mine, follow yours. Don't care about a career, care about what you believe in and what you love. If you only do fun things that you believe in, you will never regret where you go. 

Tell us one thing that no one knows about you?
I'm a pretty open person, so most people know stuff about me. 

What's your party trick?
I can roll my tongue into a funny shape. 

Finish this sentence: 35 is the new…
Chill. Get a dog and go to sleep early.

Styling Max Clark. Hair Diego Da Silva at Tim Howard Management. Make-up Maki Ryoke at Tim Howard Management using Tom Ford Beauty. Arvida wears t-shirt 'Crybaby' vintage from Melrose Avenue.

Michael Bailey Gates

What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm an artist, it's what I love. 

Describe yourself in five words.
Playful, aloof, wicked, excited, mischievous. 

How did you start your career?
I worked in a photo studio after school and I was the school mascot, the Bronco. I learned a lot from both. 

What are you working on at the moment?
Documenting queers in NYC, building new sets for shoots. 

What advice would you give young people wishing to follow in your footsteps?
Bring a flashlight, it might get dark. 

We're celebrating the 35th Birthday Issue of i-D, when did you last celebrate and what was the occasion?
Yesterday I celebrated finishing a project by watching SpongeBob

Tell us one thing that no one knows about you.
I'm allergic to mangoes and I wear a wig. 

Finish this sentence: 35 is the new…
Beehive.

Styling Julia Sarr-Jamois. Hair Tina Outen at Streeters London. Make-up Maki Ryoke at Tim Howard Mangement using Tom Ford Beauty. Michael wears jacket Maison Margiela

India Salvor Menuez

Describe yourself in five words.
Mindfully fearless and sincerely trying. 

What are you working on at the moment?
Co-writing my second feature. Exploring Chibi Cherry further and getting back into ceramics. 

We're celebrating the 35th Birthday Issue of i-D, when did you last celebrate and what was the occasion?
On Saturday we finished the treatment for a new film, so we got a bottle of wine and I gave my friends stick and pokes. 

What excites you most about tomorrow?
As much as I plan, there'll always be a surprise. 

Tell us one thing that no one knows about you.
I started using a moon cup instead of tampons because I want to treat the planet better. 

What's your party trick?
I can tie a cherry stem into a knot in my mouth, it takes a while and people usually lose interest. 

Finish this sentence: 35 is the new…
maroon.

Styling Julia Sarr-Jamois. Hair Tina Outen at Streeters London. Make-up Maki Ryoke at Tim Howard Management using Tom Ford Beauty. India wears all clothing Miu Miu.

Credits


Photography Alasdair McLellan