I know it’s been a while since I’ve shared one of my interviews for the Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx. There are a bunch of reasons for the delay. I was busy working on issue #3 of Joie is the main reason. Also, I’m used to having an intern’s help and I’m adjusting to having to do a lot of the coordination of the interviews myself. People are busy too and it takes them a while to get back to me.
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
Hello, I’m Jen from Hello Jenuine. I’m an optimist who likes drawing, printing, meeting other creatives & finding excellent things in second-hand shops. My work tends to be a snapshot or visual representation of an idea or feeling, & I create work that I hope others can relate to or feel inspired by.
Do you create work for your own exhibitions and shop or are you also an artist for hire? If so, can you share some clients have you have worked with?
I’m pretty self-indulgent in the way I work. I have a full-time job in a somewhat unrelated field (arts marketing), so I fit in my own work and projects into the few hours I have left over. Currently, I mainly create work for selling, plus for projects I choose or am invited to take part in– I don’t actively seek out paid work due to not having time to spare, but do work on smaller commissions when they come my way. (see here for examples).
What are you inspired by? In your art and in life.
Films I watch, music I listen to, nature, feelings and colours–seeing amazing work by other artists and makers inspires me to work too! I love meeting other artists and illustrators, in the city where I live as well as places I go visit. I also often feel quite inspired by my lovely boyfriend. We have so much in common when it comes to illustration, music, food, opinions and our outlook on life. I love spending a couple of hours with a beer just chatting to him about things.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
I find this such a difficult question. I love the work of so many artists and illustrators and find it difficult to pick favourites (I’m like this with music, books and films too). Can I cheat and refer you to my inspiration list on my website?
If money were no object, where would you like to live? Or would you stay right where you are in Scotland?
I’m happy where I am for now, but I don’t know where I want to end up in future. I think, if money were no object, I’d do some travelling around to find the perfect place (particularly to Germany and the west coast of the US), as I haven’t found it yet.
Share 3 things that you are crushing on right now from other indie artists/crafters/designers. Make sure to include links.
The work of Becca Stadtlander – she’s inspired me to do some painting again.
This banner by William Edmonds, who is one third of the incredible Nous Vous. I so badly wish I could have this!
This cabin by Kim Krans of The Wild Unknown and her husband Jonny Ollsin that was featured on Design*Sponge. I can’t stop thinking about it!
What’s something you’ve learned as an adult that you wish you knew when you were a kid?
That Brussels sprouts are actually amazing.
Tell us about the latest and greatest stuff you have going on.
I’m mostly working on lots of little things at the moment: drawing fruit & veg for my friend/local greengrocer’s website, some prototypes of some things I may add to shop later in the year, plus my own projects and drawings. I also just got my first sewing machine, & have started using a laser-cutter, so am looking forward to trying out some new things with those. I just need to fit it all in somehow! I often find myself wishing I could do creative things full-time, or that there was a extra day in my weekend!