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Katie
Wilson
New Zealand
based in New Zealand
38 years . illustrator

I am an illustrator currently living in the South Island, New Zealand. I have been working as an illustrator for just a few years, previously I worked with old photographs in a museum, and before that I was a graphic designer.

Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
// Which media do you use to express yourself?

I use a range of media - watercolour, gouache, graphite and coloured pencil. Photoshop is also an important part of my process.

// What is your biggest motivation to create? What inspires you?

I think some people just have to make things. It is in their DNA. If I can’t make something, whether that is illustrating or cooking or sewing or gardening, I don’t feel like myself!

Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
// What is your creative process like?

I often have ideas, imagery or themes in my head that just have to come out. Other times I will look through my many old sketchbooks for ideas.

// What do you do in your daily routine to help maintain creativity?

I know I have to eat well, and sleep well, and get out of my studio and into the outdoors on a regular basis. I also set aside time to work in my sketchbook. I try to keep this as a place where I can make mistakes and experiment with new techniques.

Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
// What are you favorite works or projects that you have done? What was the motive?

My favourites are always the projects I am working on at that time!

// Have you had a decisive moment in your career? How did this influence your trajectory?

Taking the Make Art That Sells courses by Lilla Rogers gave me a whole heap of confidence and the tools to create work for licensing. Before taking these courses I was unsure of the direction to take my work.

Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
// Who are your influences, inspirations, or preferred artists? How do they reflect in your own work?

My inspirations come from the everyday, my garden, the birds, insects and animals around and the outdoors. I also love contemporary Japanese illustration and the work of William Morris.

// Do you think there still exists a bias in relation to women's free expression? Do you feel this in your work?

I haven’t felt any prejudice myself, but I am surrounded by supportive and open people.

Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
// What makes you happy?

When I am "in the moment" painting and drawing! And taking my dog for a walk.

// What tips could you give to other women to help them bring their creations into reality?

I think it is important to make the time to create as often as possible. You have to prioritise over things like housework! Also, being brave and sharing your work online - you never know who will see it!

// Do you have a new project in the works?

At the moment I am doing some personal projects to develop my children’s book illustration skills - this is an area I would love to do more work in, so I am spending my spare time working on bringing more character and narrative into my work.

Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
Katie Wilson por Projeto Curadoria
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