Katy Christianson Interview
Katy Christianson is a freelance illustrator, printmaker and stationery designer living and working in South-East London. Katy draws with a lot of detail, is obsessed with screen printing, and inspired by nature, strange and abstract marks and patterns, etching and lithography. Katy is currently in her final year of an Illustration Masters at Camberwell College of Art.
I don't fly, so I've been most of the way around the globe by boat and train, and I'm writing a graphic novel about it at the moment.
V&A Museum of Childhood, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Carlton Books.
Doing posters for gigs we put on at uni, when I studied History for my BA, but I've always been drawing.
I mostly hand-draw everything in fine Unipin drawing pens and brush pens, but also screen-print things wherever possible.
Tom Guald, Jon McNaught, illustrators who have a high social/public impact like Jean Julien, Eric Ravilious and old wood-cuts.
Walking around South-east London, where I live, and old wildlife and botanical illustrations.
Being given a budget to work on a space, for example a pop-up shop, exhibition and workshop space, to incorporate all the different things I love. I also love designing briefs and working with talented illustrators so something where I can get other people on board. Or book covers!
Varied! (and long haha) I have a stationery business, my freelance work which can be anything, sometimes I teach screenprinting, and I'm doing a masters so there's a lot of plates spinning.
It's normally because I'm stressed, so cycling or boxing.
It's hard work! Be open to any project, try and stay excited even when things get you down.
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