Philippa lives in East London, works in fashion and is trying to play her part in the cultural renewal of our city.
I grew up in Bognor, did an art foundation in Brighton and not too long after did a sandwich course studying fashion. In my third year I worked in Notting Hill and I just fell in love with London: it’s the best place!
I was excited about London and fashion and that was where I wanted to work. Then a friend of mine who was already living in London and working for a stylist phoned me out of the blue and said, ‘could you come and do this job?’ It was for The Saturdays, the girl group, and getting to make some outfits for them was amazing.
As a first job out of university, it was pretty awesome, and then that job just turned into another one and before I knew it I was a freelancer. I was doing lots of photo shoots and getting to understand how that works. There were definitely times when I wondered how I’d ended up there, but I really enjoyed it!
I just loved my neighbourhood and felt moved to put my roots down there. So much stuff started to come together: church, my neighbourhood, my job.
I feel like what I do is my worship, so I don’t just want to be really good at what I do for my sake, but I want to be really good to show gratitude to God for the gifts He has given me. I think as a creative person that’s a really powerful tool to use to engage with society, culture and the people around you.
We live in a city where there are lots of people doing a lot of good things and I think we need to get involved with that; get alongside people who are doing things for social justice, or who work in really amazing creative industries. I guess out of doing that, opportunities for the church to support people will happen naturally. We just need to listen to people and find out what their interests are.