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Introducing: Rachel Stubbs
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rachel stubbs

I am so excited to share this interview with the beautiful Rachel Stubbs - her work is stunning and I want to wallpaper my walls with it. It is so nice to be interviewing an illustrator and getting a little glimpse into her creative life! Check out some of her work and thoughts below...

Where do you live and how do you think it influences your work?I currently live in South East London and have done for the past three years with my husband Jonathan. I love living here - there is so much to see and do for free so it’s an endless source of inspiration for us both. There is also a surprising sense of community to be found if you look for it, which is really encouraging and motivating. Working as an illustrator can be isolating so it is great to find others who are in a similar field.

How would you describe what you do?At the moment I am working full time as a freelance illustrator from our flat, although I have previously worked under many other guises since leaving university to make ends meet! Most of the commissions I get at the moment are for greetings cards, a lot of which I get through my agent. This can get repetitive so I try to vary it for myself by experimenting with different media. I’ve also been commissioned for editorials, book covers and typography projects and am slowly starting to get little bits of children’s work here and there which is really exciting. I love drawing and painting by hand with my pencils, inks, and watercolours, which I then combine using digital software to get it ready for print.

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What are your tricks for getting inspired when you have a creative block?Switch activity. Whether it’s playing around with paint, going for a walk, looking through my books, visiting a local museum, cooking or meeting up with a friend. Anything to allows my mind to breathe a bit and relax.

What is your favourite project/piece that you have worked on and why?I really enjoyed working on the book cover illustration for ‘Islands of the Mind’, an anthology of poems and short stories written by a group of students from Lambeth Academy earlier this year. This was brought about by an amazing organisation called First Story, who arrange and pay for acclaimed writers to run weekly creative-writing workshops for students in state schools across the country. Walker Books helped them to produce and publish the final book and it was through a lovely friend who works there, Charlie Moyler, that I ended up being involved. She helped the group to articulate what they wanted the cover to feel like and then basically art directed me, which was really fun! The final piece feels quite different to a lot of my other work due to the dark subject matter, but it was a welcome change and challenge.

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If you could learn a new skill what would it be?I’m really inspired by pattern and would love to learn how to make my own repeat patterns using Adobe Illustrator. Thankfully resources like Skillshare are making things like this more accessible, so I plan to make use of that soon.

What is your favourite song right now?I’m enjoying ‘Union’ by Deptford Goth at the moment. He’s a local artist and his music is beautiful – although you wouldn’t know it from the name!

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Which designers/artists/photographers get you super inspired and excited?I love everything by Beatrice Alemagna, whose book ‘Un Lion a Paris’ first got me hooked into the world of children’s book illustration. She communicates with so much sensitivity and sophistication, and yet manages to retain a real sense of childlike naivety, which is difficult to do well. Her fearless approach to experimenting with different media and materials never fails to make me want to get back to work! Other favourites include; Roger Duvoisin and Jan Balet, Laura Carlin, Carson Ellis, Peter Doig, Shirley Baker, Jacob Whibley and Rune Gunerisssen.

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How do you relax and unwind?I love exploring the different neighbourhoods and markets in and around London, visiting local museums and exhibitions, taking long walks in the park, cooking for friends, curling up with a good book and making haphazard creations on my sewing machine. I also love to get out of the city when I can to wide, green spaces.

What is your top tip for life?Don’t compare yourself – something I am still learning to apply to my own life. I love the quote “Comparison is the thief of Joy” by Franklin D Roosevelt, I think he sums it up beautifully.

Check our more of Rachel's work on her stunning website, and follow her on twitter and instagram.

Also read my other interviews with Bianca, Belinda and Chloe (I promise I will be interviewing a man soon!) 

Introducing: Belinda Love Lee
Belinda Love Lee
Belinda Love Lee

Today I would like to introduce Belinda Love Lee. Belinda is a friend of a friend and I have been admiring her work from afar every since my lovely friend Lois (look out for her interview in the future!) told me about her. I am looking forward to meeting Belinda in person and getting to chat about hand drawn type and all things design some day soon. Anyway for now enjoy finding out more about her and her beautiful work!

Where do you live and how do you think it influences your work?That's a really funny question to ask because I feel like I live in 3 different countries. I am a bit all over the place with my multiculturalism. I currently live in Cardiff and moved here almost a year ago, previous to that I lived in Toronto for 6 years, but my original roots are based in Hong Kong, I grew up there till I was 18. I have a serious case of the travel bug! Each country has a special place in my heart and has influenced my work in the way that I have gained knowledge and exposure over different cultures and design styles.

How would you describe what you do?By trade, I am a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

I mainly focusing on branding, corporate identity, and designing bespoke wedding invitations. Work consists of hand lettering, drawing illustrations then bringing them on to the computer to give it the final oomph! My projects usually look like designing a logo for a start up business, or translating a couples love for each other onto design.

By heart, I am an inspirer. I love inspiring and influencing others. What excites me most about designing for people is that I get to help them achieve their dreams!

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What are your tricks for getting inspired when you have a creative block?When I get stuck I usually just leave my work to the very last minute before it's due. I know that sounds counter productive, but for me procrastination works! Somehow my mind gets tricked into thinking "Oh my gosh, this company's logo is due in a day.I don't have time to mess around, I have to do it now." When I have tight deadlines my creativity just shows up! The creative block can't exist anymore because it's needs to get done. I think also walking away from your work gives you space not think about it. That way you come back to it with a clear conscious, new perspective and ideas.

What is your favourite project/piece that you have worked on and why?

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It would have to be the cards I designed for the most amazing prop stylist Christina Yan - the reason being that they are beyond beautiful, but more so because this design landed me a presence on the internet. Before this year I was really quite afraid of putting my work online in fear that I just wasn't good enough and didn't compare the to millions of talents out there. But after designing these cards, I felt confident enough to show the world and literally overnight I had tones of reblogs and got featured on the best of design blogs- Grain EditDesign Work Life,Design Sponge. Though more importantly than the online press, it made me actually realize that I can't live in fear any longer, because it's just holding me back from doing the work I love and my destiny in it's fullest.

If you could learn a new skill what would it be?I've actually enrolled myself for a course in silk screen printing in January. Silk screen prints have always fascinated me, whether on paper or clothing. I like the fact that each print doesn't come out exactly the same, it somehow feels a little bit more organic and unique. Now that I have the time to learn something new I might as well!

What is your favourite song right now?My absolute favourite song at the moment would be "Until We Get There" by Lucius. I have this addictive personality to me that when I'm in love with a song, I'll put it on replay 24-7 until I get completely sick of it.

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which designers/artists/photographers get you super inspired and excited?The one designer that absolutely inspires me is Anna Rifle Bond of Rifle Paper Co. She is the owner and illustrator of the most fabulous line of stationary goods. I aspire to be like her one day (hopefully soon!) I love how her illustrations and designs are so distinctly her. I can tell if a piece is a part of her line even before flipping it over to see her logo. In my opinion, Rifle Paper has changed trends in illustrations and stationary, and now tones of people try to draw like her. Not only is her stationary beautiful, but she is also an amazing business women. I think that's what makes her company so successful - Anna has somehow mastered the perfect balance between being creative and being an entrepreneur.

How do you relax and unwind?If money was not an object, I would travel to unwind! But since I live a modest lifestyle, it's a toss up between going to the gym, hanging with friends, or catching up on my latest TV series. (New Girls!)

What is your top tip for life?Do what excites you, what you're passionate about, conquer your inner fears, and your dreams will come to pass.

What frustrates me most is when people sell out to their 9-5 jobs that they absolutely dread and hate. Not that I'm against 9-5 work, if you love it and enjoy it, amazing. But what I'm against is people who go through the motion of work everyday but despise the very thing they put 40 hours a week to. Maybe they still go to work out of a fear of being unstable with finances, or because they're scared that loosing their job equates to loosing their lives. I personally think that  we were created to do work that brings you life. I see work as an extension of ourselves. At times freelancing can be very unpredictable without a steady income, though despite that, I would still never settle to do work I hate. It's just not a part of who I am.

Thanks Belinda for this great interview. If you would like to follow more about what Belinda is up to check out her blog, and follow her on instagram and twitter. Also check out the previous interview with Bianca. Happy Wednesday.  

Photo of Belinda taken by Joe Stratford