Kolorowe, zabawne grafiki ze zwierzętami namalowane przez Moirę Frith dla OYOY.

Moira to brytyjska ilustratorka, zoolożka i ekolożka, której zmiksowane akwarelowo-ołówkowo-kredkowe  obrazki stały się znakiem rozpoznawczym.

 

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WHERE DOES THE INSPIRATION COME FROM?

When we ask Katie what inspires her, her answer is:

“Nature always! I’ve been fascinated by animals and the world they inhabit since I was a little girl. Although I rarely depict an animal or plant in a realistic sense I find observing and studying their form an endless source of inspiration – there’s always something new to discover in the colour of a shell, or the pattern sepals form over an unopened flower for example.

On that theme I love old-school natural history illustrations and could look at them for hours. They’re rendered with such skill, yet also character and sometimes even humour.

Other sources of artistic inspiration include cave paintings, folk art from different cultures, medieval art and loads of great contemporary illustrators.

Inspiration comes from less tangible sources too – often I’ll feel inspired to start painting by music I’m listening to. It could be that the lyrics present a certain imagery, but more often than not it’s a feeling to get lost in, and actually that is usually when I enjoy making art the most.”

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STYLE AND MATERIALS

About her style Katie describes it as loose, intuitive, perhaps even child-like at times. She never really think of her work as ‘painting’. To Katie it’s drawing.

We have asked Katie when she considers a painting as succeeded? She answers: “Oo that’s a really good question! I think for me I can feel whether a painting is going to succeed during the process itself. It’s about getting into a flow, letting the image present itself intuitively and organically. As soon as I start overthinking that’s when stiffness can creep in and the painting somehow loses vitality.

Utilising space on the page is also a really important aspect of my work, so for me an image that fills the page in an interesting or satisfying way tends to feel more successful.”

As for the materials used for the artworks and which Katie uses, she tells:

”When I paint I use a mix of watercolour and gouache. Lots of different brands
– you can never have too much paint! Watercolour is so immediate and unpredictable, you never quite know what will happen – and that’s what I like about it, it’s a balance between control and letting go, and embracing the mistakes.

I’ve also got other bits and pieces I play about with – pencils, oil pastels, ink, crayons and felt tips even. It’s not unknown for me to raid my daughter’s colouring box!

In addition to painting I dabble in print making, using recycled materials such as card to make block prints by hand.”

”I try not to take my paintings too seriously, so I hope that’s reflected in the work and that they make people smile. I’m yet to exhibit my art in ‘real life’, it’s currently all shared through Instagram. The response is incredibly supportive – it’s a great platform for sharing art work and connecting to other makers, whether that’s asking for technical advice on materials, or moral support relating to the ups and downs of making art.”

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