Creatively Speaking – Interview with Phoebe Richardson
Well I have decided that I am going to dedicate Fridays to a different style of blog. A few wonderful artists, creatives and designers that I have featured over the last few months have agreed for me to invade their lives for a bit with a few questions… kind of a virtual coffee or cuppa. So less of me……
A couple of weeks ago you may recall a blog post on graphic artist Phoebe Richardson and her “Bone China Range”. Well in between organising her first exhibition (all details are below for anyone in London over the next few days), Phoebe has kindly taken the plunge and stopped by to tell us a little bit more about herself and her work…. I hope that you enjoy.
How would you describe your work and style? My college art teacher once made a poster about me called “meticulous”. I actually try and fight against that but it usually manages to pull me back. I recently finished a limited edition print of my three favourite London Bridges and it was a constant battle remembering that I couldn’t use really fine lines as they wouldn’t show up through the screen. I love detail, and the stark contrast between black and white. I know I need to move in to colour but in my eye nothing compares to black and white.
How did you decide to transfer your beautiful drawings on to ceramics? After three years studying Graphic Design; creating magazine pages, posters, learning about type and attempting web design I realised that I really wanted to create something people could buy and use. So for my final major project I decided to throw caution to the wind and, going against all my tutor’s advise, do some illustrations and apply them to something 3D. My idea for the ‘Bone China’ range came after a trip to the Natural History Museum when I was feeling lost and uninspired. Having spent an hour or so looking at the dinosaur bones I caught the train home and as I was sitting there I realised bones on bone china was such an obvious idea it had to be done. The next stage was to work out a way of building on this idea so it wasn’t just a name with some drawings on a plate. I wanted the illustrations to work with the shapes. I spent ages working out what parts of the body would work on what shapes. In the end the ones that made the cut were the stacking coffee cups; the skeleton can be taken apart and put back together again, the mug that replaces the jaw of the drinker, the egg cup that when the egg is placed inside it completes the skull (and so you can crack a skull and feel really aggressive when you have your breakfast), and the skull dinner plate and left and right hand side plates. There were others which I couldn’t make at the time because of my student budget. Sometimes I think I should make them now but I should probably just stop drawing bones. It was also really important for me to create my china in the traditional way. I use a lovely family run factory in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of English ceramics. It’s a shame now as so many of the factories have been forced to close down because of companies taking their business abroad where it’s a lot cheaper.
David Lynch Single Cover
Work for the Pixies
Do you have any major projects in the pipeline at the moment? Can you share these with us? I recently did a surface design for Lazerian’s Gerald exhibition. Gerald is an intricate origami dog that you buy flat packed and can make up. Liam Hopkins (the designer) asked a load of designers to create new skins. I took off his fur and exposed the skeleton (obviously – I’m so predictable). That was such a challenge. All the folds and cuts for different parts of the dog were so confusing. I sat with my pen, scalpel and glue drawing on wrong bits and doing a whole section only to realise that the dog’s pelvis was facing the wrong way. I got there in the end though.
Pie & Vinyl
Describe your perfect Day I’d love to work in a studio with a couple of friends and at least one dog and be able to make a success of it. Now as much as I love your work, I love cooking and am always eager to find out a new recipe… what is your favorite dish to cook? Time for me to be shamed. I am not a good cook. Ask anyone I’ve ever lived with. I do heat up pitta and am able to dip it in humus though! UP COMING EXHIBITIONSI have one coming up this week! Starting on Thursday 6th September for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out. If any of your readers are in the area it’s in Wolf & Badger, Dover St, London at 6pm. It’s running for 5 days. It’s my first ever exhibition and I’m displaying some of my original drawings. Mostly anatomical of course.