If you’ve been past our Design Studio recently, you may have noticed that JJL has been having a little fun with our window display. Featuring unique plant specimens and botanical window illustrations, we have collaborated with Melbourne-based illustrator and textiles design student, Clare Weber, to celebrate the wonder of CACTI !!!
As an introduction to Clare and her creative practice we had a few questions for her…
How would you describe your illustrative style?
While I love drawing and painting florals and botanical motifs, as of late I have been working more with abstract designs and textures. I would describe my illustrative style as having an emphasis on the drawn line. Usually I work with a combination of gouache and watercolour, and add detailing in either white or black ink pen afterwards.
What are your inspirations?
I am inspired by illustrations from the Fifties and Sixties, and particularly enjoy using block colours enhanced by a little texture from whatever medium I’m using. Japanese prints and illustration always have an emphasis on line – I love how an outline is almost always present despite how subtle other colours may be.
Can you give us a little insight into your background and creative process?
Presently, I am studying an Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Production at RMIT, which I will have completed by the end of the year. I’ve really enjoyed studying textile design over the past year and a half; I have not only learned new production processes like weaving and knitting, but I have been able to explore my interest in screen printing and making repeat prints also. A big part of my decision to go and study textile design was knowing that I would learn how to work digitally, so that has been an enormous change to my creative process. I almost always start with a hand drawn or painted design, and take that into Photoshop or Illustrator, where oftentimes I’ll create a repetitive print to be implemented for fashion, homewares or soft furnishings.
What are a couple of your projects that you are most proud of so far?
Designing for and completing the illustrations on the windows at Jane Jones Landscapes has been such a great experience itself. It’s on a scale that is so different to what I’m usually working on – I’m usually drawing on A5 sized paper, not storefront windows! I’m always happiest with my work when I’ve tried something new and it has worked out successfully. Anything I’ve been proud enough of to give away is always a standout for me – I’ve recently completed a number of paintings and drawings of cacti that have been given as gifts and that feels like a job well done for me!
Clare Weber’s whimsical illustrations will be on display in our windows for a few more weeks, so make sure to drop by before they disappear! See more of her work and receive updates on the regular via her Instagram @clarefrancesweber
The JJL Design Studio is located @ 1444 Malvern Rd, Glen Iris VIC 3146
© Illustrations & preliminary sketches by Clare Weber