Artist Q&A featuring Bijou Karman
For our 5th entry in our Artist Q&A series, here to answer our questions today is Bijou Karman! Her vibrant use of color and well-studied fashion sense can be found in her numerous collaborations with brands around the world. Here's a small glimpse into her everyday life and creative process:
1. What is your morning routine?
I start my day by answering emails over breakfast, then I do some yoga, walk my dog, and cross my backyard to my home studio
2. Where do you like to work?
I love working in my studio
3. What are your favorite materials?
Acrylic gouache and bristol paper
4. What are your favorite subjects to draw?
Women, fashion, and plants
5. Who are your favorite artists?
Kerry James Marshall, Alexander Girard, Corita Kent, Alexander Calder, Jules de Balincourt, Ruth Asawa, Norman Gilbert, Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, Elizabeth Peyton, Henri Matisse
6. If you could see how one artist works from beginning to end, who would it be?
7. If you were to make a 10 piece series, what would it be about?
Cacti. I'm working on it now!
8. What book have you read recently, or what is your favorite book?
I've recently read Eve's Hollywood by Eve Babitz and Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde and would recommend both.
9. What sort of music do you like?
Lately, I've enjoyed listening to different types of Jazz, like Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and Mulatu Astatke.
10. When you meet another creative, what are you most interested by in them?
11. If you were to collaborate with another artist living or dead, who would it be and what would you do with them?
I would love to collaborate with a designer like Miuccia Prada on a collection.
12. If you could live in any era when would it be?
The 1960s for the music, fashion, and art
13. If you could move anywhere and live comfortably/freely where would it be?
14. What do you do when you have to be home with nothing to do?
15. What is one thing you want to do this year?
Vote our president out of office
16. If you had unlimited resources, what would you create?
My own lifestyle brand of clothing, accessories, furniture, and home goods, all made in an ecologically responsible way.
17. What is your favorite drink?
18. What are some new skills you would like to learn?
I would love to get better at animating my illustrations but haven't wanted to put in the learning time in front of my computer.
19. What is your favorite palette, please name at least 3 colors.
Chartreuse green, light pink, and terra cotta
20. What is your favorite movie?
Harold and Maude
21. What time of day are you most able to concentrate?
It depends on the day, but usually In the afternoon, after lunch.
22. Do you have a favorite distraction?
My dog, Mushroom.
23. How do you unwind?
I cook dinner at the end of the day.
Artist Q&A featuring Berry Aktuglu
For our fourth edition of CWC Artists Q&A, we have Berry Aktuglu here to elucidate her day-to-day life! Her colorful and unique style has caught the attention of many collaborators, with many more to come! 1. Where do you like to work? I work from my studio, which is actually a separate room in my home. It is a very bright place, and I didn't want to furnish it with many things except plants and a wide bookcase. My desk is in the middle of the room and gets direct sunlight from the window.
2. What are your favorite materials? I love the flatness of color, so I mostly use gouache paints and add details using pencils and pastels.
3. When you start working, what do you do first? I start the day by replying to emails or doing administrative jobs. When I start painting, I prefer to work long hours on that and not to be distracted by emails or let my mind niggle at other administrative works; so I try to do them very early in the morning.
4. What are your favorite subjects to draw? Nature; animals; people that I know or people that I watch; simple things of everyday life.
5. Who are your favorite artists? Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Henri Rousseau, Sonia Delaunay, René Magritte, Édouard Vuillard, Camille Bombois, Maira Kalman
6. What other art form would you like to try, or already do, and why? I like painting ceramics, but in the future, I would love to learn more about wheel throwing to make a collection of bowls. Also, I love cooking and trying new recipes around the world (and also eating, does this count?:) )
7. What book have you read recently, or what is your favorite book? I have two books in my hand at the moment; I just started the Elements of Style; I love the illustrations by Maira Kalman, and the other one is Dog Songs: Poems by Mary Oliver.
8. What sort of music do you like? Psychedelic folk/indie, jazz, indietronica
9. When you meet another creative, what are you most interested by in them? The first question I would ask is probably their story about how they started out in their field.
10. If you were to collaborate with another artist, living or dead, who would it be, and what would you do with them? To sing with Alex Turner:)
11. What is your ideal vacation? Cottage Life with a sea view; I could live there forever.
12. What do you do when you have to be home with nothing to do? Most probably reading or cooking.
13. What is your favorite meal? I am a breakfast person, I can have it 3 times a day.
14. What is your favorite drink? Coffee in the mornings, wine for the rest of the day.
15. If you were to throw a party, what kind of get together would you organize? It would be a summer dinner party with a bunch of friends together in the garden, a long table arranged with flowers, embroidered linen napkins, and served home-cooked food with handmade ceramics. A piece of music at the back that would make you swing.
16. What is one job that you would do for free, even if it was hard, and it took long? My brother has Down Syndrome; if you catch him in the mood, he would probably show some of his favorite dancing figures to you, and I know how it makes him happy when someone shows him a new move. Seeing his big, bright smile means a lot to my family and me. So, I would definitely create a fun event together with people who have Down Syndrome to put a smile on their faces. They can exhibit their own talents, which can be anything; the important thing is that they express themselves freely, enjoy and learn new things while being part of society.
17. If you were to teach a class, what would it be? I am not an expert but I like sharing my new discoveries and recipes, so probably it would be cooking classes.
18. What is your favorite palette? Please name at least three colors. Ultramarine blue, shell pink, and linden green
19. What is your favorite movie? There are so many films I like; it is difficult to choose; some of them are; The Dark Knight (2008), Forrest Gump, The Prestige, Up, Sweeney Todd, Her, and so on…
20. What time of day are you most able to concentrate? I am a morning person.
21. Do you have a favorite distraction? I like knitting and crocheting! Usually, once the weather turns chilly, I start knitting. Last year, I knitted three scarves and a toy for our friend's baby.
22. What is one word of advice you would give yourself ten years ago? Start living your passion today; there is no point in waiting!
23. What is one thing about yourself that you hope won't change? Perseverance and staying calm during a crisis.
We're excited to see what Berry has up her sleeves for Japan.
Find out more about her work at her portfolio page here!
Mushbuh on SuperRare
Our resident 3D graphics artist and entrepreneur Mushbuh has been making fascinating headway into the blockchain art trading world. SuperRare is an online marketplace that helps artists and buyers meet to make trades, with one unique twist. All sales are made on the blockchain, specifically using a cryptocurrency called Ethereum. Mushbuh, being familiar with bitcoin from previous ventures, has been making a huge wave in this environment so far, with his artwork being cumulatively worth around 27.5 Eth or over 10,000 USD at the time of this writing. For Mushbuh's page on SuperRare, click HERE! Take a look at his portfolio by clicking HERE!
Poppies by Stina Persson
Studio Flow: "Poppies" by Stina Persson CWC Artist @stina_persson_illustration creates luscious illustrations with her loose and flowing watercolors. Enjoy the poppies! [embed]https://www.instagram.com/tv/CEC_REJpSQf/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]
ARTIST Q&A! -Genie Liang-
For our third Artist Q&A series, we asked Genie Liang some questions about some of her work habits!1. What is your morning routine?
Coffee to sip on, sketchbook drawing, emails. Then add milk to the same cup of coffee after lunch.
2. Where do you like to work?
I work from home, but I like to go out to try new environments to work from.
3. What are your favorite materials?
Pilot Kakuno pen I have 4 now, it’s a nice simple pen.
4. Who or what is your biggest muse?
Time & love.
5. What are your favorite subjects to draw?
People in motion, futurist ideas, and scenes with calming compositions.
6. Who are your favorite artists?
MIQ, Little Thunder, Milkbbi, Joyce, Yue, Chloma, Bahi JD, Ehiorobo, Mushbuh, Punimelt, Freddy Carrasco, Minipete, Juli Majer, A Bluer Don Juan, James Jean, Ikegami Yoriyuki, Yoshitaka Amano, Fumiko Takano, Eizin Suzuki, Iris Van Herpen, and more.
7. If you could see how one artist works from beginning to end, who would it be?
Junya Suzuki of Chloma. I’d love to see the concept to execution of their clothing ideas.
8. How do you get over a creative hump?
Turn off my phone, close my laptop. Drink something hot, go for a walk. Repeat daily for 1-2 weeks.
9. What other art forms would you like to try, or already do, and why?
Ceramics, Glass blowing and fashion design. I like how textures and color combinations are the main components in these art forms. I draw mostly figurative works, so these are very abstract to me.
10. What sort of music do you like?
A mix of things. I like exploring and listening to things without context. My favorite genres are ambient, dream pop/shoegaze, house, bossa nova, post-rock. And occasionally classical composers like Claude Debussy or Erik Satie and film composers like Joe Hisaishi and Susumu Hirasawa.
11. If you were to collaborate with another artist living or dead, who would it be and what would you do with them?
Wednesday Campanella - an animated music video.
12. What is your ideal vacation?
A journey to a different city every couple of days, learning about what to eat… then eating it. And sleeping.
13. What is one thing you want to do this year?
I want to finish my next book. I’ve been working on it this year and it would be a great wrap up of this chapter.
14. What are three things you want to do within the next 5 years?
Publish more books and comics, grow my studio / online shop, get a pet snail.
15. What is your favorite drink?
Coconut boba milk tea, no sugar.
16. If you were to teach a class, what would it be?
Figure gesture drawing.
17. What are some new skills you would like to learn?
I’d like to learn 3D.
18. What is your favorite palette, please name at least 3 colors.
Pale lilac, sky blue, yellow.
19. What is your favorite movie?
Whisper of the Heart.
20. How do you unwind?
Lay on the ground and listen to music.
21. What is one word of advice you would give yourself 10 years ago?
Follow your heart and don’t be afraid. Every drawing is another small step. Be unwavering in your goals and keep walking steadily. -also, in hindsight, don’t throw away your sketchbooks!
22. What is one thing about yourself that you hope won't change?
I hope I’ll always try new things!
Artist Q&A featuring Stina Persson
Artist Q&A featuring Stina Persson! 1) what is your morning routine I go to the cafe across the street and get myself a great cup of coffee. Without coffee I wouldn’t function. 2) where do you like to work. I wish I would say anywhere, that I bring a sketchbook wherever I go, but it would be a lie. I really love working in my studio. Or on location, getting energy from the people and space around me. I hope to do more windows and murals once we’re back to traveling again. I plan to one day build a proper artist space in the attic of a barn belonging to our country cottage. But right now there is barely a floor and no windows…which means it would be a huge undertaking. It would be so dreamy though, and perfect for working large scale. 3) what are your favorite materials I prefer to work with liquid material like inks and water colours and sometimes combining with bits of paper to create harder edges. I never want my work to look to wishy-washy or fluffy, but to keep some weight and edge. 4) what are your favorite subjects to draw People and faces, details of clothing, shoes, and plants…and food stuffs. 5)if you could see how one artist works from beginning to end, who would it be Matisse or Picasso maybe. 6) how do you get over a creative hump Chaining myself to the drawing table, but pimping it with chocolate and coffee. Whip and carrot! 7) what other art form would you like to try, or already do, and why Sculpture and clay. It si so rewarding with to create something three dimensional. That why I love to bake too, three dimensional and possible to eat. What’s not to love? 8) what book have you read recently, or what is your favorite book Normal People by Sally Rooney. Such a good book. Now there’s tv-series, but I am worried it’ll spoil the magic. Another book, or book series are My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. And yes, I’ve watched the tv-series too. If the tv-version is great the books are…brilliant! 9)when you meet another creative, what are you most interested by in them If they are nice, smart and have a sense of humour. Like with all people. And I am plays curious what a normal day looks like in people’s lives. But I am as interested in knowing that regardless of profession, I find it fascinating. 10) if you were to collaborate with another artist living or dead, who would it be and what would you do with them Matisse, please! We could happily cut bits and bobs of paper, and I would mostly listen as my speaking French is not so good! I am sure he has some good stories. And I would love to see how he makes is choices. I believe creating art is most about making choices, adding or taking away, keeping or deleting. That’s why I value the analogue part of my work so much and there are endless opportunities to change once you’re at the computer and I am not sure that is always such a good thing. 11) if you could live in any era when would it be My childhood 70’s! But I’m not sure I would be able to take the sexism from any other era. I am very happy I am a woman living in 2020. 12) if you could move anywhere and live comfortably/freely where would it be Someplace warm, where my feet would walk on warm terracotta tiles. So…Italy! 13) what is your ideal vacation Italy, with my family. Finding a house in the countryside with a pool to keep my three sons happy and entertained. 14) what do you do when you have to be home with nothing to do Bake, cook and plan for dinner with friends. How I miss having dinner with friends!! 15) what are three things you want to do within the next 5 years Go to Japan! I briefly lived in Tokyo when I was 18, working in a Mexican restaurant…I’ve been back twice since and I was going this March. 16) what is your favorite drink Coffee, elderberry juice, and oaky, rich red wine! 17) where is your favorite place to be around the location you live in I love my studio and my home, both in a very green area of Stockholm, with lots of cafes, wine bars, thrift shops and parks. I love the entire area so much. Great for raising kids and finding colourful thrift store blouses- and to have an outdoor cat, like we do! [caption id="attachment_4700" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Mäster Mikaels Gata , Stockholm Södermalm[/caption] 18) what is one job that you would do for free, even if it was hard and it took long A real collaboration with someone like Dries van Noten or Miuccia Prada. 19) if you were to teach a class, what would it be Figuredrawing or color. 20) what are some new skills you would like to learn I wish I could animate my drawing. Unfortunately I have no urge to learn. I don’t want more hours in front of the computer. 21) what is your favorite palette, please name at least 3 colors Bright pink, yellow and nude. 22) what is your favorite movie Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood for Love. Every frame is a piece of art. 23) what time of day are you most able to concentrate Usually right before I need to head back home. I am trying to make it first thing in the morning, and I am getting there. It would make sense as I am very much a morning person. 24) what time of day are you most relaxed After a good lunch work out I am relaxed but alert. 25) do you have a favorite distraction A common distraction is scrolling Instagram, but that is a habit I’d like to give up. Working out maybe. Chatting with my kids, or cooking. 27) what is one word of advice you would give yourself 10 years ago Enjoy it, it is not so serious. And be more like a man, and say yes to things even if unsure of how to tackle it. Things work out, and your margins are exaggerated. 28) what is one thing about yourself that you hope wont change I really trust other people. I believe people want to be good and do good. Well, not Trump, but the rest. - View Stina Persson's Portfolio
Steve Bliss for Toyota Germany
For Toyota Germany, Steve Bliss depicts workers of all types, focusing on the everyday user of the new Toyota Proace van. Take a look at Toyota Germany's Instagram account for more information! https://www.instagram.com/p/CBbMH8iA9Zm/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
ARTIST Q&A! -Marcus Oakley-
CWC "Artists Q & A" starts! The first artist is Marcus Oakley! He answered a lot of questions about his favorite music, movies, and even sources of inspiration! I would like to get close to the secret of the playful illustrations of Marcus, who has worked on a wide range of book illustrations, product designs, advertisements, and packaging as a graphic artist. 1. How do you get over a creative hump? Spending time at home, I am constantly interacting with kitchen utensils and house hold objects. Often staring at the walls and all the plants and ornaments arranged around the home, absorbing the mundanity of the daily rituals day after day. Daydreaming ideas whilst cooking and cleaning, making tea and listening to music. Inspired by these thoughts I often draw all of the objects in my house in various arrangements. It reminds me that inspirational can be anywhere and everywhere. 2. What do you do when you have to be home with nothing to do? I always seem to have things to do! Making art, reading, cooking and gardening. I moved a few years ago to a house with a garden. slowly I am learning about how to grow flowers, plants and vegetables. 3. What are your favorite subjects to draw? Drawing everything and anything, continuously exploring and playing with the potential of the line. Thick lines, thin lines, zig zag, curved, straight, fast, slow, wonky, abstract and pictorial they all have there own special mood and melody. 4. What sort of music do you like? Music wise I listen to mostly music made in the 1970’s. I was born in the 1970s but its not a child hood nostalgia of that time I have. I'm interested in all the cultural activity I was just too young to know about. The decade was so rich and varied in Music, Film, Art, Fashion, Architecture, Furniture and Graphic Design. Generally It can be pretty smooth dudes like The Beach Boys, Doobie Brothers,The Pentangle, Steely Dan, Gerry Rafferty, James Taylor, Wings, 10cc, Fairport Convention, Jean Michel Jarre, Brian Protheroe and David essex. 5. What is your favorite drink? Tea! I drink so much tea, I have been drinking english tea since I was a child. Nothing better than a big pot of tea and perhaps a slice of fruit cake! 6. If you had unlimited resources, what would you create? It would radical to turn my drawings into huge objects and make a interactive sculpture park with a nice cafe. 7. Who are your favorite artists. The art that excites the most is the work made by people from hundreds and thousands of years ago by many cultures from all over the world. On my travels I have seen so many amazing and inspiring objects, particular favourites of mine are Greek Cycladic art, Norse artifacts, Japanese Dogu figures, Neolithic standing stones and Totem poles by the First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. 8. What is your favorite movie? I mostly watch movies from the 1970’s I love the honesty and grittiness of these films, they don’t make them like this anymore. Here are a few of my favorite’s Three Days of Condor / Sydney Pollack / 1975 The Wicker Man / Robin Hardy / 1973 Parallax View / Alan J Pakula / 1974 The Man on the Roof / Bo Widerberg / 1976 The Hired Hand / Peter Fonda / 1971 Le Cercle Rouge / Jean Pierre Melville / 1970 Phase IV / Saul Bass / 1974 3 Women / Robert Altman / 1977 Straight Time / Ulu Grosbard / 1978 Sorcerer / William Friedkin / 1977 Silent Running / Douglas Trumbull / 1972 Suspiria / Dario Argento / 1977 Saturday Night Fever / John Badham / 1977 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia / Sam Peckinpah / 1974 The Passenger / Michelanelo Antonioni / 1975 The Gambler / Karel Reisz / 1974 Coma / Michael Crichton / 1978 Play Misty for Me / Clint Eastwood / 1971 The Last Detail / Hal Ashby / 1973 Serpico / Sidney Lumet / 1975 9. What is your ideal vacation? I love camping in Scotland, unfortunately recent trip’s over the last few years the weather has been really terrible! stuck in a tent with howling wind and rain is awful, so my ideal vacation would be eternal warm sunshine. 10. Where is your favorite place to be around the location you live in. I live in the historic town of Dunfermline and I there many places I love to visit. One of my favourite places is Cafe Giacomo, originally opened in the 1950’s the cafe still has it’s original interior, serving cups of tea, filled rolls, cakes and other Scottish delicacies. 11. What book have you read recently, or what is your favorite book? Usually I tend to read books that feature travel, nature and generally being outside in both fiction and non fiction. Here are a few of them: Travels With Charley / John Steinbeck / 1962 Clear Water Rising / Nicolas Crane / 1996 Wildwood / Roger Deakin / 2007 Robert Macfarlane / The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot / 2013 Everest the Hard Way / Chris Bonington / 1976 The Kingdom by the Sea / Paul Theroux / 1982 Kon-Tiki expedition / Thor Heyerdahl / 1948 Rings of Saturn / W.G.Sebald / 1995 The Lost Art of Walking / Geoff Nicholson / 2008 Monkey Wrench Gang / Edward Abbey / 1975 12. If you were to teach a class, what would it be For the last 20 years I have been very fortunate to be able to mentor, teach and run workshops. Since moving up to Scotland from London 6 years ago I have been working for a fantastic Art’s organization based in Edinburgh called Artlink. Set up in 1984 Artlink’s aim is increase creative opportunities those who experience disadvantage or disability in the East of Scotland. The work can be challenging at times but also life affirming, I have seen so much awesome, amazing, genuine and beautiful artwork. 13. What is your favorite meal? I really enjoy cooking and going out for meals. Often the simplest recipes are the best, currently my favorite meal is a slowly cooked Puttanesca sauce (tomatoes, onion, olive oil, anchovies, parsley and garlic) with pasta. 14. What is the one thing about yourself that you hope won’t change. Just to carry on living a creative life, working, thinking making, drawing and teaching.
- Features 2020.05.15 Coloring Time! by Emily Eldridge
Coloring Time! by Berry Aktuglu
Coloring Sheet from CWC illustrators that make your #stayhome fun! Today I'm going to share a coloring sheet from Berry! Please save this image, print it and play with it! If you print 2 sheets and cut along the line, you can play as nervous breakdown. Please check Berry's colorful and playful illustrations here!
Quarantine Fun by Jessie Hartland
Jessie Hartland is making labels for stuff in her bathroom. Stay safe everyone!
Kirsten Ulve 's Scarfs Now on Sale!
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Skate and slap everything in sight in Mushbuh and friend Mason's Burrito Galaxy! Guac has lost her spaceship in a terrible crash and must find it's missing parts to go back home. Meet weirdos and cool guys along the way, slap meanies and skate ramps as well!! Sign up for updates at the Burrito Galaxy Official Website.
Dominique Corbasson Retrospective Exhibition in Brussells
From March 13 to April 18, Huberty & Breyne is hosting a retrospective exhibition on the work of Dominique Corbasson. Through a selection of her works in acrylic and colored pencils, this exhibition invites us to travel with her in the urban landscapes that have welcomed and inspired her around the world, in particular the cities of Paris and London. and New York.
Marcus Oakley in "It's Nice That" -- Championing Creativity
Marcus Oakley was featured in "It's Nice That", a creative platform that reach 2,000,000 people a month. This article features Marcus's black & white illustrations of the environments and places, both urban and rural, in London and Scotland that he has experienced in his life.
Awazu Yasunari for the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Awazu Yasunari did the illustrations for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel wedding party and banquet halls . Located in Nihonbashi, this is a high-end hotel with rooms that go for $700-800/night.
Jeffrey Fulvimari event exhibition: "Love Call"
"Love Call" exhibition and live painting event at Yokohama Takashimaya and Niigata Isetan.