Friday, May 2, 2014

Artist Spotlight - Jessie G

A peek into a surface pattern artists life.

Tell us a bit about yourself: Did you go to school for art? Are you self taught?
I attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1994-97, where I studied Interior Design plus Stain Glass. Since then, I have worked as an Interior Designer in London and Sydney. As a designer, I have always had a keen interest in the relationship of form and colour within an environment. I have recently graduated from the 'The Art and Business of Surface Pattern' E-course, following completion, I am now focusing on a career in SPD.

What inspires you / where do you get inspiration from?
Oh, I can get inspiration from anywhere, there is always something to catch my eye! I love to potter around the city, walking through the streets and parks. Your visual senses are overloaded with inspiration; from a shadow created by a building, a coffee cup or the delicate pink petals of the cherry blossom trees. 

Do you work in just one medium? Several?
I take many (many) photos on my iPhone which I use for reference, for forms and colours, when sitting down with my sketchbook. Once I am happy with the sketches I have, I transfer them onto the computer and set out the motifs, playing with scale and layout, to create a colourful pattern. I also love screen printing and the results you can achieve with the ink prints on paper and fabrics.

What are you working on now?I am currently designing a new collection, based around photos and objects I have found on beaches here in the UK. I am having fun sketching and experimenting with mark makings. I am also contacting companies with my new portfolio for possible work collaborations.

Are you an early riser? or night owl?
I love to get up early and wonder off for a walk on the way to one of my coffee shops. This really sets me up for the day and gets the creative juices (and the all important ‘to-do-lists’) going for the day ahead.

What is your favorite food?
My favourite food, home and especially in it's native environment, is Japanese. While travelling around Japan, I found so many lovely little Inns that offer fresh and tasty food; and they make it look so stylish as well!

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  1. Nice interview and nice work here.

    1. Happy Friday Madeline! Thanks for stopping by :-)

  2. Great interview! Very interesting to get a glimpse into a different type of artist's world!

    1. Hi Michele! Thanks so much for the blog love :-)

  3. Jessie is an amazing artist. I'm glad you found the time to interview her and share it with us. It's true that inspiration can come from different forms and places, but I guess creative people like her just gets inspired much easier than others. I am definitely going to be checking out her portfolio. Thanks for sharing that, Annie! All the best to you! :)

    Julius Horton @ Polkadot PR

    1. Julius! Thanks so much for your kind words and stopping by the blog :-)


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