Well, I was born in the UK, I grew up on the Gold Coast and have now lived in Melbourne for the last 9 years. It's nice here.
I knew I wanted to do art for work but was always told that there is no real money in it. So I did a short course at TAFE in graphic design. I felt like working in fashion seemed creative and ever-changing, so I just aimed in that direction. Just kept bugging people till I got a fashion job in Melbourne.
No Idea, It depends on what or who I'm working with. I try to keep it diverse. I do like to keep it somewhat feminine, maybe a little dark.
Anything really. At the moment it's acrylics. But I'm most comfortable with graphite on Illustration board.
I was in an exhibition with NGV called “BOARD” that celebrates skateboarding culture. Presenting 1970s & 80s skateboards and ephemera from Tony Hallam’s collection alongside decks created for the exhibition by 50 Australian artists, it explores the evolution of board graphics and design. It was an honour to be next to so many great artists, and to celebrate skating. Two things I’ve always enjoyed doing.
I think the diversity is nice, Its always testing. It keeps you on your toes, plus you meet plenty of great people.
It really depends on what the project is. But I guess the simplest way is to:
- Get all the inspiration and references you need.
- Build a basic story and colour palette.
- Draft until you and/or the client is happy.
- Build the final.
- Go for a beer.
Hayley and I made a bit of a storyboard on Pinterest, and luckily we were on the same page. I wanted one side to be more tonal, like abstract art that you see in a gallery or clouds, the side that looks like smoke. Then the other side to be more like a textile design. I had been doing a lot of Hawaiian/floral woven tops for Cotton On, but I wanted to do something a little darker, to fit the colour palette Hayley provided me with.
Freak out, then get back to work. You always get over it, you have to.
I like getting out of town when I can, I live right in Melbourne CBD so nature is something I’m always longing for, but never get a chance to do much these days.
I'm loving Eliza Ivanova’s art, everything she makes is stunning. Also Egon Schiele, but I think everyone loves his work.
I'm off to travel through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for a while. Think I'm due for a break.