1.- The interviewee
Angélica Pinho, better known as Angelica Elfic, is the creator of the brand and alternative fashion shop Elfic Wear. Born and raised in Portugal, she studied Archeology but could not ignore her passion for clothing as individual expression. Angélica is a passionate self-taught seamtress that uses a wide variety of materials , but always taking into account the environmental impact and respecting nature. Besides, she has wide experience as a model and acknowledges Steampunk as one of her main creative influences.
2.- Steampunk: Portugal and beyond
Thank you so much for your time and interest, Angelica. We are most pleased to welcome you as the first Portuguese interviewee in this series of brief interviews, as Portugal is a neighbouring country and culture for us.
Q.- Although you have studied Archeology, you are a self-taught seamstress and fashion designer. How was your artistic ‘alter ego’ Angelica Elfic born?
Angelica Pinho (A).- Angélica Elfic was born with the need expressing my inner world of fantasy. A way to release the magic creatures who live inside of me.
Q.- It seems that you have always searched for inspiration in the fantastic realm. Which is the link between your design activity and the ‘personas’ you create to give shape to your collections?
A.- Since very young age I impersonate characters that I only could find in my realms. I always saw the world as a magic place, where I could be whatever I wanted.
Q.- Many of your designs show that Steampunk has become one of your main inspiration sources. We think your sister Liliana has something to do with this… how did you discover Steampunk?