#MeetTheMakerWeek Day 4 - Why
I'm taking part in this week's meet the maker Instagram challenge and day 4 is all about why I do what I do... I’m lucky enough to have very open-minded, supportive parents, who despite not working in creative fields themselves, are very creative (Dad is a vascular surgeon, Mum is a nurse prescriber.) They encouraged us to pursue our passions, and they definitely emphasized the importance of both hard work and creativity. My brother, sister and I were always drawing pictures, listening to and playing music and reading from a young age (a lot of Roald Dahl and Judith Kerr!) our home was full of colourful textiles from India (our Dad is from Mangalore) and perhaps this shines through a little in my work, I hope so anyway.
I loved music, psychology and art at school. I did an Art Foundation course, and went to an Illustration open day at the University of Westminster - this was when I knew Illustration was the path for me. My tutors were fantastic – we are still in touch now, and they continue to visit my studio and exhibitions.
As a freelance illustrator, every day is different and it is this variety that keeps me interested and excited. I think I am also very suited to it, I have an eye for detail and am quite meticulous with the level of work that goes into each illustration- they require a lot of patience, and I love the business part of illustration too. My work and home life are very much intertwined and it can be difficult to know when to stop and leave the studio! On a day-to-day basis, I drink lots of cups of tea and am getting better at working more ‘normal’ hours!
My design hero is William Morris, and my mind was blown when we discovered that our great grandmother worked for Morris & Co! I love his quote, ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’