As I said in one of my previous blogs, when I chatted to Diana Probst. I really enjoy chatting and when I talk to people I love to find out what makes them tick, whether that be their interests, hobbies, background, likes and dislikes or favourite member of Take That. So next on the Design Essentials blog, it had to be a natter with a lady who already features on our website, as a guest artist, the talented Illustrator, Michelle Thompson. Michelle has been at the forefront of illustration since she graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1996. Right, here we go…
What inspires your works?
Usually the found ephemeral I find in T. Reeds & Son and Lancaster’s Books. I love having a good root around both shops and then coming home to work with my treasures.
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with the most?
As much as I like working on my own collages I do get a huge buzz working as an Illustrator and having to work with such tight deadlines.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
My computer. All my illustrations are created on screen. I totally rely on the internet as most of my clients are in the States, with most of my sales generated through social media.
What’s the best and worst thing about being an artist?
The best thing is working from home and looking after two children. But thats also the worst thing as there’s never a switch off point.
To date what’s been the work you are most proud of?
I’ve just worked with a local Writer and Director Rachel Yates on her new play for the Chickenshed Theatre, ‘All I’ve Known’.
‘Inspired by her own childhood growing up in a family that fostered children over many years, writer and director Rachel Yates has interviewed people with their own stories to share. The result is a new play that weaves together excerpts from these interviews to create a backdrop for the story of a now grown-up son, with children of his own, who is ready to reconnect with the family that loved him deeply.’
It was great to see how other creatives work, from reading the initial script to seeing the final production with my illustrations projected onto the backdrop. Also, the Wasp Factory cover for Iain banks, which came out in April and a book for the Museum of London too, it’s been a busy year so far.
And please just to indulge me your favourite member of Take That?
Noooo! None of them!
And your favourite drink?
A nice glass of prosecco.
So that’s the second interview on our blog completed. If you enjoyed it then I can assure you Michelle is equally lovely in person. If you should wish to meet her and view her work Michelle is taking part in Open studios this weekend, alongside work by her partner Gareth Wild. (who’s favourite drink we believe to be a diet coke) I may ask him one day.