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I discovered Georgie on Instagram little over a year ago, and fell in love instantly. Her work is so dreamy and captivates everything I love about the vintage era. Aside from her creative self; she's so sweet, and yet has this cool edge about her - certainly someone to have on your news feed!
P.S. How much do you love that illustration of herself?! :)
In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.
I'm an illustrator with a passion for fashion, faces and flowers. I suppose you could say I'm a mixed media artist, as a lot of my work involves collaging with real flowers, painting with makeup, and generally cutting, sticking and pasting both traditionally and digitally.
I also work part-time as a graphic designer. The rest of the time I'm chief cook, cleaner and taxi driver to my 3 kids.
How did you first get into illustration and what's your favorite part about it?
I've always drawn and been creative in some capacity. The illustration grew from there. I would draw at the end of the day when the kids were asleep as a way to unwind. I love that sense of 'flow' I get from drawing. Time disappears and I'm absorbed in the moment. I feel it's a form of meditation and keeps my feet on the ground.
Having come from a digital marketing background, how did you begin developing a fashion-inspired style?
Put simply, being in front of a computer all day is boring and I needed an outlet! My interests include vintage fashion and I've always loved looking at old Vogue magazines with their elegant illustrations. The 1950's Age of Glamour, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, are massive influences as I wanted to try and capture that essence of elegance and beauty.
So I just started playing from there. I should add, my digital skills and background has been great for my style too. I use a lot of digital techniques via Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance my drawings.
Do you have any creative heroes that you admire and have inspired you? Who & How?
Vintage fashion as I've mentioned above. As for other creatives, I'm drawn to illustrators whose aesthetic is still very much hand drawn and elegant. Kelly Smith, Emma Leonard, Jenny Liz Rome, David Downton, Katie Rodgers are among my favourites right now.
What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?
My latest piece 'Crysanthemum Eyes'. I've been working on amalgamating my drawings and floral photography for the past year. I had a breakthrough in my technique with her and had a massive 'AHA' moment. I suppose she also signify's the moment when I felt like I knew where I want to go with my Illustration style.
Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?
How long do I have in this interview as there are so many?! I would like to collaborate with other artists in the future more. I'd would love to be commissioned to illustrate faces for editorial in newspaper or magazines. I'd love to create a massive installation using illustration and fresh flowers, I could go on....
Importantly I'm a firm believer that creativity is within us all and can help us lead a more fulfilled life. I believe the arts are an important part of society in general.
I didn't go to art school and have come the 'long way round' to finding my creative voice and outlet.
Therefore I would like to run some creative workshops, maybe even write a book, to help people discover the value of the arts and their own creativity.
As a self-employed illustrator, do you have any advice for those starting out?
Experiment. Then start a blog and join Instagram. These two things have been excellent for getting my work 'out there'.
On the boring side, get your admin and accounting systems in order. Use online apps to help you streamline your process because it will leave you more time to be creative.
As a travel junkie myself, if you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Before the kids, I loved to travel. One day I'm going to buy a motor home, travel the world and work remotely, just going wherever I feel. I'd be fascinated how travel would affect my work.
If I had to choose a city, it would be Paris. Aesthetically it's just so beautiful. A Parisian's sense of elegance and style really is one of the best.
However can I just add, I live in Brighton, which is such a creatively rich, diverse and vibrant city, that it would have to be a pretty good deal to get me to leave here!
Early bird or night owl?
If it was up to me: night owl.
But due to those pesky kids: early bird.