Joanna Payne is the Founder of Marguerite, the network for women who work in the visual arts. Through a series of 40 events per year, hosted by some of the world’s most influential artists, fashion designers, museum directors, curators and photographers, Marguerite sets out to provide a ready-made professional network for it’s members. Hosts of Marguerite’s events have included the likes of: the Director of Tate, Maria Balshaw; photographer, Rankin; artist, Gavin Turk and fashion designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes.
What do you love most about your job?
I love how many amazing, inspiring people I get to meet every single day – from artists and designers to marketing whizzes and female founders – I’m constantly in awe! I’m also very lucky in that I get to choose who I work with – meaning I am able to surround myself with the people and brands I admire.
Where's your favourite hangout?
Hackney, where I live. I love kicking a sunny Saturday off by popping next door to Violet bakery, then lounging around in the park before heading down to people watch on Broadway Market whilst sipping on a cool beer at The Dove. Come October, Marguerite will be relocating to share a studio with Partnership Editions in Hackney Downs so I’ll never need to leave the area!
What's top of your playlist right now?
Still Loyle Carner’s ‘Not Waving But Drowning’! It came out in April but I still can’t get enough. When I’m on the move I’m more likely to be listening to podcasts however - TALK Art with Robert Diament and Russell Tovey and Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail are my absolute favourites.
What's your most loved piece in your wardrobe?
My boyfriend very kindly gave me a Celine Trio bag for Christmas last year which I absolutely adore – it’s my prized possession...!
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Hmm, good question! I would say not that many compared to some of my friends – but probably still about 25!
What do your Rogues say about you?
That I need to be smart for our many events but still like a bit of fun! They also say that I spend a lot of time on the go.. flat shoes are a must!