ELOISE JENKINS

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You’re well and truly a collage and experiment queen—Where did this love come from? Also, can you please introduce yourself?

Hey, I’m Eloise a freelance graphic designer with a love for all things collage. I guess the love came for when I struggled drawing in art class but still had an urge to express myself. Fast forward to year 12 and 5 art diaries full of work I’ve been collaging ever since.

Where do you see yourself and your art headed in the next few years?

Ah I would love to exhibit more, that has been my goal for this year. Also to put my art in a public street space that provides the public with a bit of fun - stay tuned.

What are you working on a the moment? Any big plans coming up?

I’m working on doing more things for myself, I think that’s important to focus on personal goals as opposed to clients at the moment. More exhibitions, more art available and a lot more experimentation.

What does body confidence mean to you? Is it something you’ve ever struggled with and why?

I have ALWAYS struggled with body confidence. It’s something that from a very young age women are pegged next to each other as competition, I would look at other girls and be like oh her eyes are bluer than me, mine must not be that good. Only in the past few years have I realised that women are not my competition and just because someone is attractive doesn’t mean I can’t be. I’m always working on confidence - no one is perfect.

What’s it like being a woman in the creative industry? Do you find that it has its challenges at times?

I find it SO challenging, people’s expectations between being a graphic designer + female are very high. I often find people being like “ you wouldn’t be able to do that” which just makes me want to do it more.

What or who have been some of your main creative influences?

I’m a magazine hoarder, I love them so much. I think my friends + family are also really creative which inspires me a lot, it’s good to surround yourself with creative people who constantly challenge your perspective.

When it comes to female support – what comes to mind for you? It is positive or negative?

Positive! For sure, even thinking about Praise you + all of the talented women involved, that feels like female support. We are all gunning against each other in a creative industry however here we are in Praise you as a Girl Gang.

Your work is very female/body inspired – have you ever struggled with those inspiration and references affecting your body image perception? Do you think social media has played a positive or negative role in your perception?

I used to be heavily influenced by social media, worried about what was acceptable to post etc but now I just try and focus on the fact that this is the filtered part of influencers lives. I’m not so picky about what goes up now. Why should I worry about a selfie when this is the face I’ve got forever.

What’s your favourite part about your body and why?

I’m still trying to learn how to love myself however I think my lips are my favourite at the moment.

What’s your idea of empowerment?

Being able to do what you want & not being afraid of failing. Loving yourself.

Your dream job/project/collaboration – tell us about it?

Doing a magazine cover for Oyster or Russh magazine. It’s on the list!

Praise You isn’t just about raising awareness for eating disorders and celebrating body positivity – it’s also shining the light on female support in the creative community, in saying that, what does inclusivity and it’s importance mean to you?

It means supporting like women in all forms, shapes & individualities no matter what. Accepting someone for who they are and realising that everyone struggles. It’s just about being kind.

INSTAGRAM: @eloise__jenkins
WEBSITE: www.eloisejenkins.com

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