Meet our next FREDA Girl, renowned artist, creative director, stylist, singer, and songwriter, Petecia Le Fawnhawk. You might recognize this beauty from the recent celebration at our LA store to unveil her collaborative work with London-based artist, Tom Jean Webb, to create ‘These Mystic Plains.’ Petecia is entirely self-taught, renowned for her soulful and haunting work dense with such skilled detail it’s almost dizzying to the eye. In person, she is as captivating as her work – wild, warm, and storied, you can’t help but feel instantly connected.
We caught up with Petecia at the Noguchi Gardens to learn more about how she is staying inspired…
All photography by Tasya van Ree
You are an accomplished artist, creative director, stylist, singer, and songwriter. Can you tell us about your journey to now? Any defining moments or challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Firstly, thank you for your acknowledgments! I’m humbled! My journey has been quite a meandering one! I was raised by a single mother who was a runaway and struggled her entire life to create a life for her children. And although I admired and respected her for her sacrifice and devotion in raising us, I had my sights set higher and had to embark on my own journey. I moved to LA from a trailer in a small town in the high desert of Arizona to Los Angeles the month I turned 18 with $40 in my pocket and no idea. I quickly adapted and with blind faith and pure ambition and set out to fulfill my dreams to build a world I only dreamed existed. The city has been good to me! I’ve had my struggles here but always seem to catch my fall. LA has been my teacher and my guide. I didn’t have enough money to go to college so I relied on life and work experience to develop my skills and character. I think back on those times I was hustling jobs to make ends meet… designing clothes, painting, and making music in my bachelor apartment in Macaurthur park… eating packaged hotdogs and ramen whilst wielding a skateboard as protection as I made my way through the streets. Making friends with whoever would humor me… without a doubt or fear in the world. I had created true freedom, fertile with endless possibility. I’ve seized every possible opportunity as they came, guided by my instinct, intuition and creative impulse. I follow wherever my curiosity takes me… I believe it’s in the commitment to quench this thirst that has led me to explore and create abundantly in these various mediums.
You have a diverse portfolio working with a wide range of mediums. What draws you to a new project or partner? If you were playing favorites, which medium do you enjoy the most?
I follow my curiosity and passions! It’s a blessing and a curse. People are not always comfortable in not being able to label me or put me in a box… but I try and comfort them with the results of my efforts. “It’s not what you do that they remember, but how you make them feel.” I hope to inspire, inspire to hope. My intuition is my compass, it hasn’t failed me yet.
The medium I think I most enjoy is land art. It’s hard to put into words the feeling I have when expressing my creativity in nature… when I’m out there alone, with the wild and with myself. It’s this silent acceptance and infinite exchange that I feel the most rewarding. It’s in this exploration of design, texture, and color, form, depth and weight that I seek and find moments of complete harmony and truth.
We are so thrilled to host your most recent collaboration with London-based artist, Tom Jean Webb at our LA store. How did you get connected to Tom? Tell us about the inspiration behind ‘These Mystic Plains’.
I went traipsing around Europe with my dress gang (a gang of girlfriends only wearing floor length dresses) and when we were in London, I saw one of Toms murals that left a lasting impression on me. I didn’t know who the artist was but about a year ago, I saw a post on Instagram with his artwork which led me to him! I reached out and we had a mutual admiration and started collaborating remotely. I’d send an image or sketch that he’d collage over and vice versa. I feel he and I speak the same language through our symbology, spiritual tone and mood.
We were inspired by the inward journey (our inner wilderness) and how our outer artistic expression of such a journey had led us to cross each other’s paths on “these mystic plains”. Not only literally, but artistically as well. It is such an honor to work with Tom. We are definitely cut from the same cloth and I look forward to our future collaborations.
Other creatives or artists you admire?
Oh man, the list is boundless. I’m most inspired by Georgia O’keefe (obvi!), Brancusi, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long, Michael Heizer, Edward Abbey, Thoreau, Barbara Hepworth, Emmerson, Elsa Peretti…
What about three favorite places in the city (or the world) to get inspired?
All of Los Angeles! The Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Mojave Deserts, and Provence!
What is an important lesson that you’ve learned or mindset that you’ve developed that anyone can benefit from?
Trust and surrender… to yourself and to “it”. Gently get out of your own way. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom, get used to the spin! And most importantly, don’t wait for things to happen… make them happen… take action first and fast before you have time for doubt, reason or fear yourself into sabotaging the creative impulse.
Swing by our LA Outpost, The EDIT by FREDA SALVADOR & Janessa Leone to shop the Tom Jean Webb x Le Fawnhawk collaborative collection, ‘These Mystic Plains,’ or call 310.256.2296 to purchase.
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