Even though artist and designer Barbara Hulanicki calls exhibiting her work in galleries "a new career for me," she's been bringing beauty into the world for years and years. Hulanicki began working as an illustrator for fashion magazines like Vogue and Women's Wear Daily in the swinging 1960s. She then opened one of London's most popular clothing shops of that era, Biba, which was frequented by David Bowie and Marianne Faithfull.
Although Hulanicki originally came to Miami for a nine-month stay, she's been beaching it now for around two decades. Here, she's been designing some of Miami Beach's most historic hotels. Inspired by Gustav Klimt, the Pre-Raphaelites, and even computer graphics, the designer is going back to her roots as an illustrator for her newest venture. Her sometimes morbid, tongue-in-cheek, feminine illustrations are up at the Calix Gustav Gallery's show "Flash." We spoke with the genial artist about her rich career and, of course, about Mick Jagger.
New Times: You were born in Poland and raised in England. How'd you find yourself designing art deco interiors on Miami Beach?
Wearing a “beard” she made out of cotton balls and a manila folder, Liz Tracy once introduced herself to Rick Ross as Rick Ross. When she’s not writing articles about the Bawse or the Boss, she’s penning grants at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She taught classes on public policy at Florida International University and new media journalism at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. Around 2007, Liz figured out that the internet was a wonderful place to express her unpopular opinions, so she established the websites Miami, Bro and the Heat Lightning. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine. You may have seen her as the interviewer in the viral video “Butt Hole Tattoo Girl” that was featured on Real Time with Bill Maher, MTV, and Comedy Central.