"I live and work in Bristol UK and studied Illustration at Brighton UK. I've been a practising artist and illustrator since 2013, with my focus slowly shifting over the years from bright and colourful character work to more abstracted and process heavy work. I tend to make work with a mix of collage, drawing, a mix of the two and every so often 3D. I also make and self-publish a lot of zines and sometimes comics."
How would you describe your collage style?
"Primarily non-digital (though that's a personal preference, both traditional and digital ways of working are as valid as each other) with lots of paper textures. I used to make work with lots of bright colours, but I've been trying to be more considered and 'quieter' with my colours in recent years. I put a lot of emphasis on composition and shapes too. Most of my work is fairly playful as I think of the collage and drawing I do as an act of play, or an activity of fun."
What is the key to making your collages?
"It's hard to pick a single 'key' to the way I make illustrations and other artwork. A sense of fun, joy and play is essential in the way I make work, so I always try to find a way of injecting that into whatever I'm making. I always tell myself 'If I'm not enjoying making this particular piece then I shouldn't be making it and I need to find another approach'. More often than not with illustration projects I find that to get the best outcome simplifying everything really helps. I often get bogged down in details, or particular ideas or points then have to take a step back and simplify everything down to its basic essence. This can often apply as much to content as it can to form."
"I made a piece for a really worthwhile project that just launched here in the UK called Communitea. 55 artists including myself were invited to make a piece of work in response to our connection with Chinese culture, which are now available to purchase as a print from Roomfifty with all profits going to help save the London Chinese Community centre from closure and combat the rise of anti-Asian hate. You can learn more from the Communitea website or their Instagram."
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