Nest: Elisa Arlant

In this series, Artefact gets a glimpse into some of London’s creatives’ favourite spaces to create.

Colourful mannequin [Drawing by Diandra Elmira]

Colourful mannequin [Diandra Elmira]

When she talks, the room illuminates. She starts painting colours with her smile, her cheerful passion, her contagious childish attitude and your day gets so much better. You feel inspired, you feel artsy. She is the essence of the cure to your artist’s block.

As we met for the first time for a coffee in a common place, our connection seemed to instantly be the opposite of common. As she recalls it, “in just five minutes, our conversation was running like a calm river.”

Smoothly, fluently, and with so much excitement. Immediately, she confessed that she can create everywhere, as long as she feels good with herself and her feelings. “Within me,” she kept repeating, and it gave me goosebumps. I remember to have remained fascinated by her confidence and connection with art, and how she was yet so remarkably emphatic and willing to help. What had initially seemed to be an insignificant encounter, turned out to be a special bond as soon as I set foot in that cafe.

Nest, episode five, and last, shows how there is no better place for inspiration than your inner self.

Elisa Arlant is a 360 degrees artist who is never afraid to take risks. Where her dreams are transporting her, that’s where she’ll book her plane tickets to the next day. So you can probably meet her for a coffee in London today, and she might be on her way to NYC a few hours later. But to make sure you catch her at any time, connect with her on Instagram at @eliarli.






Featured image courtesy of Diandra Elmira