Hey you two, introduce yourselves!
Luke: Hello, I’m Luke. I’m from Manchester and I’m an artist.
Kya: I’m Kya and I’m also from Manchester. I’m a writer and founding editor of Aurelia magazine.
How important is it for you as a couple to have shared passions?
Luke: Very important. I think when you share every day with someone you need to share passions and viewpoints too. You inspire me a lot even if you don’t mean to and I think I do the same for you.
Kya: It’s nice to be an artistic person in a relationship with another artist, especially one you respect because you understand each other’s need for creative space. It’s nice to ask for advice even though what we do is so different.
What do you both look for in a significant other?
Kya: I didn’t know what I was looking for before I met Luke.
Luke: I’d never had a connection creatively with anyone really. I guess I was always looking for that but didn’t know what it was or how to find it. Then Kya walked into the bar, asked for some cake and that was it.
Was there anything you were really excited to be able to get back to?
Luke: A lot had changed for me so there wasn’t really anything to go back to. Lockdown really shaped what I create and what I do now. I’d never really felt as confident as I do now to sell work. I sold the first painting I’ve ever sold during lockdown.
Kya: I’m a very tactile person and I like to be able to touch people and kiss them and I’ve really missed not being able to get as close as I'd like to my family and my friends. You lose something really special that you have with a person if you can only communicate with them through a screen. So as soon as things started to ease it was so nice to hug my friends and be around my mum properly.