Say hello to Stacie Swift, illustrator, recipe collector (‘to the point where it drives other people mad’) and avid cookery show watcher. She also adores books and lingerie, to the point that she owns both in excess and used to work as a designer (of lingerie, that is, not books). This led to her initially studying at the London College of Fashion before realising her passion lay with illustration.
Other than a successful career in illustration, Stacie says that her biggest goals are a) to own a sausage dog and b) develop a more extensive range of greeting cards and stationery.
I am an illustrator and am currently in my final year of an Illustration degree. I’m a bit of a control freak and definitely a bookworm. I like to create images with a sense of fun and underlying intricacy.
What are your inspirations?
I am inspired by the funny little things that happen in day-to-day life, by animals with silly faces or odd proportions, patterns and prints. Also the illustrators and designers who have achieved successes are a good driving force.
I find it hard to choose one image that I am most happy with but think the piece I made for the Ballad Of theme ‘Don’t Forget To Write’ was one I was pleased with, particularly as it was displayed at the magazine launch party.
Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?
My favourite illustrators are those who apply their illustrations across a multitude of media and products but retain a very identifiable and well thought of style. Rob Ryan, Hennie Haworth and Julia Pott have all achieved this and I admire their work a lot.
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