Who/What inspired you to create the illustrations for your Citizen collab?
I had the opportunity to spend a month in beautiful Mauritius this summer with my partner’s family and drew all of the illustrations over there. I have never eaten so well in my life and have never spent so much time in such lush nature. So many delicious fruits and glorious plants everywhere! This new series is definitely influenced by the landscapes, food, and feelings I experienced this summer.
Where are you from? How did you end up in Montreal?
I was raised in the suburbs of Ottawa and I moved to Montreal to study art history at Concordia but ended up graduating in the fibres program.
Hmm...probably cotton or linen. I like any natural fibre with a good, bold print.
Favourite musician right now?
To be honest, I am more into listening to podcasts than to music when I am working. My current favourite is called Ear Hustle which is hosted and co-produced by American inmates. It is reaaally great. If not podcasts, then I’ve been pumping myself up with Black Sabbath in the studio.
What inspired your zine?
The zine is inspired by travelling around Mauritius and taking the time to reconnect with our lovely, beautiful planet.
Do you enjoy shopping vintage/thrifting? Describe your style in 3 words.
Yes, I love thrifting! Almost my whole closet is thrifted. My style in three words would probably be: in-cohesive, patterned & comfortable.
Do you have a favourite ‘character’ / drawing that you have created? If so, why is it your favourite one?
I don’t think I have a favourite drawing. I’ve been into drawing more simple creatures lately and that has been nice. I like to wedge myself somewhere in between silly and creepy in my practice.
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