Painter, illustrator, textile and pattern designer and graphic designer—where does all this creative energy come from? Also, can you please introduce yourself?
It comes from many cups of coffee and my inability to focus solely on, or commit to one area of art and design - I love it all! I'm Bree, and I'm all those things but currently spending the majority of my time as a textile designer and fine artist.
What are you working on at the moment? Any big plans coming up?
I'm about to embark on a working holiday around the world to create an inspired collection of textile prints that will be available for commercial license, I'm beyond excited! I'll be taking part in traditional textile courses in the countries I'm in. The whole trip is really to learn, explore and to challenge myself creatively.
Have you been met with any challenges as an artist along the way?
So many! Finding the right balance for me between commercial work and my own art practice is probably the biggest one, and the one I've really focused on this year. I'm learning to let go of projects that I don't believe in.
How do you keep up your creative momentum? Where do you look to for the drive to create?
I usually just get it done. The motivation, drive and passion for textile and graphic design is always there and I can pull really long hours to get multiple projects off the ground. I find that I can really focus commercially on these areas and if I'm not feeling super creative I can usually just focus on the outcomes and deadlines to complete the tasks I set out.
Painting and illustration though, are self soothing, self reflective, meditative and an extremely personal practice for me. If I'm blocked, no matter how hard I try I can't do them. And if I have the art buzz I could probably work non stop for days. I'm really protective not to destroy fine art for myself and am understanding that it's a life long practice and exploration of who I am and how I experience the world. I was an extremely shy/terrified child but as soon as I had a brush in my hand I forgot about everything - I'm pretty much exactly the same as an adult.
What does body confidence mean to you? Is it something you’ve ever struggled with and why?
Body confidence is a real work in progress for me. To me it means acknowledging and connecting with yourself on so much more than a surface level. Giving your body some props for getting you to be where you need to be and learning to treat it as a best friend instead of a worst enemy. Maybe with a "thanks bod, yeah!" and a little appreciative self spank on the bum.
Personally, I’d describe your work as insanely hued. Can you please share a little about your work and how you’d describe it?
I love insanely hued, that's going in the bio! I'm obsessed with print and colour and making fun of myself. My work is inspired by my love of surface print design.
Do you tend to create from personal experience or from observing the experiences of others?
Definitely personal experience, I think I'm a wee bit neurotic and self obsessed.
What’s it like being a woman in the creative industry? Do you find that it has its challenges at times?
It's like being a woman in any industry, a constant battle of breaking through the bro culture to find other supportive artists who believe in what you do.
What advice what you give your 18 year old self if you could?
Cocktails and Dreams nightclub is not cute.
Social media has seemed to normalize showing your body off (quite a lot) publically now – Do you think it’s affecting body image positively or negatively?
I think it's doing both. I'm all for people doing whatever the hell they like with their bodies and I love following a diverse range of body positive humans. I think the "fitspo" brand centric posts are where the issues lie.