First thing you thought about when you woke up today?I was craving pancakes for breakfast! But didn’t make them because I ran out of time!
Figs with yogurt, pecans and honey.
It’s a dead tie between a Tiffany blue and peach
Where do you live?
Does Melbourne’s energy affect your drawing style?
No, I think when I draw I’m just in my own little world. Most of my work is for the US and Europe so my mind is always somewhere else. One of the lovely things about my job is that I could be anywhere really and still be able to do what I do.
Tell me what a typical day for you is like…
My morning’s start early with Skypes to overseas clients and then its breakfast and getting my kids ready for school. Then back to the studio and I’m drawing away – candle burning, music playing and I’m in my little happy place! Some days I have to go overseas for work or sketch at the collections. My days have a lot of variation, which I love.
Tell me about your earliest drawing memory…where was it, what was it done with?
My earliest memory is drawing as a child. I remember sitting in our garden and just drawing everything that I could see around me. I was probably about 5yrs old and it was probably with pencils.
Did you study art? Where/ When/ How was it?
I actually studied Graphic Design and whilst is wasn’t quite right for me, it was a good starting place to get more into what I really wanted to do, which was Illustration. And even though now I just do pure Illustration, I always think that everything that you’ve already done in life somehow helps get you to where you are today.
People would be surprised to know that I…
Love mini golf (I really do)
Your most exciting illustrating job to date?Ohhh there have been several…! One of my favourite collaborations has been with Tiffany & Co in New York: I was asked to illustrate their iconic 5th Avenue building filled with chic Tiffany & Co people in the foreground! It was a dream project. Another collaboration that was wonderful to work on was with Cartier in Paris. It all centered around Paris Fashion Week and I created 10 bespoke illustrations for their Paris Nouvelle Vague Collection. Every project that I work on these days is very inspiring to me so I consider myself VERY lucky! And if you had told me when I was a kid that I would get to do this for a living when I grow up, I would never have believed you.
Do you have a preferred medium to draw with/ on? Why?
I illustrate everything with a custom Montblanc fountain pen – which I affectionately call Monty. When I first worked with Montblanc, they sent me to New York to do their bespoke program – it’s the coolest thing for an Illustrator because they can measure your hand writing/drawing style and they take that information and handcraft a pen specifically for you! I treasure it and I would now be completely lost without Monty!
What’s your fashion style like?
I love mixing designer pieces with delicate vintage pieces. I love lace and intricate fabrics…I also love mixing it all with silk scarves and vintage jewelry.
Is that also represented in your art?
Sometimes yes. The thing I love most about being a fashion illustrator is that I can create an imaginary world, women can be wearing whatever I dream up and often I really wish I owned some of the pieces that I’ve drawn!
Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist of all time was Erte. He was a Russian born, French artist who illustrated many of the iconic Fashion magazine covers in the 20th century. His style was just so unique and his work was so inspiring to me. I still look to his work when I need a bolt of inspiration!
Do you think art and fashion influence each other in general? How?
Yes, very much so. I think sometimes there’s a direct link between art and fashion and then other times it’s just a natural influence that flows between the two. I also think there are global influences such as a colour becoming the next big thing – you’ll then see that colour influence both art, fashion, interiors…everything.