INSPIRATION: Research is at the heart of my practice and I regularly draw inspiration from British tradition, folklore and superstition. I have always felt an affinity toward mid-century British design including artists such as Edward Bawden, Enid Marx, and Barbara Jones, and I admire how they worked both as jobbing illustrators and artists simultaneously. I strive to reflect the aesthetic synonymous to this era which I feel I achieve through my color choices and composition.
FAVORITE ASSIGNMENTS: I love to work on projects that have come to me through my print work, as often this means I will be working with a theme or style familiar to me. It is always gratifying to be trusted in what you do and be left to make creative decisions yourself.
I am very self motivated so usually have a personal project on the go alongside commissioned work, whichis when I feel happiest. I can be self-indulgent and produce work exactly how and about what I want—it's a bonus if someone then wants to buy it too! Aside from that it is particularly satisfying to see your work on a book cover.
CHALLENGES: I find really short deadlines quite challenging as I like being able to set aside time for research as well as production as this is innate to my process. Working largescale is a challenge, too. I am working on a project currently involving drawings which will be printed life-size, so I have been doing preliminary drawings starting at A1 rather than in my A4 sketchbook, which is my natural comfort zone! I think it is probably good to have a challenge now and again though to stop complacency!
NEW STUFF: I've recently finished working on a couple of books, a range of greetings cards, and am currently working on a couple of commissions for a selection of musuems in the UK—none of these have been launched yet, unfortunately, so they are still under wraps!
To see more of Alice's work, visit her website.