People ask: How would you describe the art you create?
Playful Pop Art.
I capture your memories of the things that are the most important to you! And help you create an environment that you truly love! Through colour, pattern and illustration.
The art I create is fun. It’s approachable. My work reflects what you like best about the world around us! In particular your pets! It’s all about you and what you want. To create something that is so personal and special to you!!
It has no hidden meanings to decipher. It’s all about you and what you LOVE!! To bring you joy! A smile to your face and cheer you up in a world that can seem so bad at times. With a sense of humour. Capturing what’s important to you whether that be your beautiful dog, gorgeous cat turning their personality into a playful artwork. To capture them perfectly and make sure you’re 100% happy! You! Or an everyday object I elevate them to a stunning piece of art to hang proudly on your wall. To treasure forever!
With an affordable price point.
Why are you so passionate about art?
Art is everything and I really believe it can change the world!
Art has the ability to:
· Take you away, from any negative issues you have, the politics’ of today, an ill family member, a fight you may be having! It has the power to transport us to a different time and place – how incredible is that?!
· Art is an expression of you! Owning original artworks is a perfect way to express your individuality and interests! It’s a lovely reminder of who we are and what is important to us.
· Art can make us happy or sad or any array of emotions! Viewing art Increases empathy, tolerance, and feelings of love. Who wouldn’t want that?
· Captures memories either within the artwork itself or of the time and place you got it.
· Changes our environment, the colour and the image influences us and our perception. Colour can completely change your mood and the atmosphere of where we are.
· Start conversations.
· Supports our economy. When buying from an artist you become an important link within the artistic process! Each sale supports the creative community.
What is your ultimate dream or ambition as an artist?
Ahhh that’s easy, I want to be an overnight success! You know the ones. That has worked really hard for over 10 years! Sacrificed going out, having more children, being super focused and “lucky”.
To travel the world with my art, and to be able to pick and choose projects, commissions and who I work with!! To be a household name. And to inspire other council estate kids like me to become a famous artist, do what they love, to live the dream whilst working their bums off!
What has been the piece you’ve created you’re most proud of?
I’m incredibly proud of a 15 metre long and three metre high mural.
For the ‘Make Your Pet Famous’ event at the Old Diorama Art Centre Warren Street. 15th November 2018. Containing 15 individual artworks incorporated within the mural. I worked until five am every night and am immensely proud of what I have achieved! Not only the artwork itself but of the private view night. Where I brought together a community of dog and art lovers. When looking around the room all you could see was people smiling, laughing, strangers talking to each other and making friends. It was incredible to bring joy to so many people at this free event. I was humbled to receive quotes such as:
“You’re a role model for so many aspiring young women and artists.” Natalie Chung
“Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for last night. It was a fab private view - great venue, great work on the walls and great (furry) guests :)
… once again, many thanks for the experience!”
When did you become an artist and what inspired you?
Making people happy!
The first piece of art I remember creating was a picture of an owl when I was only four years old. I was super excited to win a competition with Cadbury’s!! The owl was exhibited in the National History Museum for a year!! My brother still says it was the best artwork I’ve done. How lovely of him!
“My kids rebelled they all got degrees, and you got a first at Chelsea” according to my dad, a long haired hippie. It was clear from an early age that I was creative and going to do something about it. To me it was natural. I thought everyone was instinctively creative. I thank my Grandma who, in an age when women weren’t meant to work, became an incredible designer! She really wanted my mum to be the same but it was me who followed in her footsteps.
Roy Licenstein the painter, is a huge inspiration! Inspired by his graphic approach using dots in each artwork; I have 64 of my own geometric patterns running through my work.
After Gradating from Chelsea University of the Arts (1st Class Hons) in Textile Design 2005 I was commissioned by Charles Saatchi (to illustrate and make his daughter a dress) straight from my degree show. After that I had a commission for the fashion editor Amanda Eliasch. Then from Charlie Allen, the tailor who designed the England World Cup kit. After those amazing commissions, I thought, I had to get a real job (not thinking that what I was doing was a real job). I designed textile prints and girls wear for Woolworths for two years. This was great commercial experience which led me to be able to work in MYER Australia for two years. I applied for the job and they interviewed me in the UK and waited three months for me to arrive. I designed textile prints and womenswear for them. Once I returned to the UK I freelanced for leading companies such as Ted Baker, Debenhams, Abigail Ahern designing interiors products and John Lewis and worked in-house for; Abigail Ahern, Yumi and Lemon Ribbon. Working in all areas of the creative industry: Textile, fashion, accessories and interiors.
After gaining all of these skills it gave me the confident to do my own thing. Funnily enough it was what I was doing when I first left University. In September 2013 I launched Rose Hill Designs at Top Drawer in London and picked by Charlotte Abraham for the ‘Spotted’ section. Just two months before the exhibition, I only had artworks in my collection at that time. I knew I need to expand to products as people don't buy art from Trade shows.
The tradeshows went so well that I went down a rabbit hole of cards and products. This led me to truly know how to work from a brief and in a commercial way. I reassess and remember it’s all about the art!! Recently making the decision to license the products and concentrating on creating the ART and MURALS only!
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