Very excited to share with you the Spring Edition of ‘In Her Studio’ magazine, with my five page feature of my little studio! You can preview the full article here
In the article I share exclusive insights and behind the scenes of my studio and creative practice. I talk a bit about my background and how I got started, what you’d find in my studio (the large cactus garden growing in the middle), my inspirations and daily happenings. I also share what I do if I’m ever feeling a little uninspired and how I overcome it, as well as some advice and things I’ve learnt living a creative life. I’ve learnt a lot over the years and hope to pass on a little inspiration to other creatives.
I’m so honoured to be apart of this international magazine alongside such amazing creative women from around the world! So inspiring reading up on other creatives practices and the diverse range of studio spaces. So many great tips and advice to take away as you flip through the beautifully curated pages! You’re sure to be inspired!
Thank you to the wonderful editors at Stampington and Company for creating such a beautiful publication and for the opportunity to be part of it.
To read the full magazine issue you can order yourself a copy here. Available in both print and digital download.
Spring is here!! Although it doesn’t quite feel like it in Melbourne, there’s been glimpses of sunshine and warmer weather on the horizon! What better way to celebrate by helping our little pollinating friends!
The bee’s are in trouble with significant drops in population and 7 species listed as endangered. For every bee print sold I’ll be donating a percentage of profits to help save the bee’s. Your contribution will go towards Australia’s foremost centre for bee research and conservation.
I would absolutely love your help with this, together we can create change! 🐝💛
The Bee prints are available online – www.staceymaree.bigcartel.com
I’ve always loved wildflowers. Something about their raw natural beauty has always resonated with me. These yellow daisies were inspired by one’s I spotted dancing in the wind on the side of the road. I love that they spring up in the most unlikely places and cover my front garden with colour in the springtime 🌾🌻🌿
My sacred space ✨ a space where your soul can just be, make it a beautiful reflection of you ✨
It’s important to me to surround myself with all the things I love. To create a space that is a true reflection of who I am and what inspires me. To amplify the energy around me and ensure its constantly flowing and uplifting to help my creative thinking.
I love to decorate my space with nature and things I find on adventures, gumnuts, feathers, foliage, lots of indoor plants, thrifted vintage items, crystals and handmade goodies.
What do you decorate your space with?
Last week I shared a #meetthemaker #fridayintroductions to introduce myself to all my followers and share a little about me, the artist behind the drawings! This photo was taken from a shoot last week in my studio for an upcoming publication coming out later in the year! A little exciting!!
Hiya! I’m Stacey an Artist and Illustrator based in Melbourne. I’m originally from a lil beach town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Whilst juggling my small business, I also work as a full time Graphic Designer creating vector illustrations, branding and website design. I’m lucky enough to have best of both worlds with my love of modern design combined with traditional mediums through my artwork.
I’ve always been passionate about art and have been creating since before I can remember… I was even nicknamed “crafty” in preschool haha! When I’m not drawing I’m most likely making something, whether it be crocheting, macrame or sewing.
I love a good cuppa, tinkering around in my studio and absolutely adore cats! I’m also a little obsessed with homewares and indoor plants (you may have seen on my story) I love making a space a home! I enjoy reading whimsical novels, watching Disney films and listening to Fleetwood Mac on repeat. I love the outdoors, going to the beach and forest walks, where I get most of my inspiration.
I hope that gives you a little insight about me! Feel free to ask me anything!
This little woodland robin is inspired by a little something I wrote recently about taking some time out to myself and actively finding things that inspire me.
I’m always so inspired by nature and wildlife, which I’m sure is pretty obvious throughout my work. I have been particularily drawn to small birds recently and have always wanted to draw a little robin. So that was the notion behind this piece – to draw something that I’ve always wanted to.
Other things that I’ve been doing that inspire me include crocheting, gardening and caring for my indoor plant babies, spending time in book shops and libraries, visiting galleries, reading more and spending more time writing on my blog.
If I’m ever feeling a little uninspired in the studio I tend to go for a walk and get back to nature. I make sure I stop and really soak up all the details; vines creeping up tree’s, mushrooms hidden under logs and all the little critters flying from one flower bud to the other.
What do you do that inspires you? Is there something you enjoy that you’ve neglected lately?
The ‘Forest of Mushrooms’ series captures a wildwood full of growth, minute life forms and woodland creatures comprised in a palette of warm autumn tones. The series explores undergrowths of mushroom species and invertebrates, focusing on minuscule details of life that forms within ecosystems.
‘Wildwood’ was the first edition to the series and was inspired by majestic owls and the change in seasons. The focus wasn’t primarily on the owl as such, but the clusters of mushroom growths and dainty insects. Which initiated the second edition to the series ‘Toadstools’ a smaller study of amanita mushroom clusters and invertebrates.
‘Fox & Fungi’ was another adaptation of ‘Wildwood’ depicting a vixen fox and her cub, exploring undergrowths of fungi on a stump and branches. The vixen is dominant in the foreground as a protector of her offspring and the forest. The forth edition was inspired by smaller studies of chanterelle mushroom growths and large snails.
The concept behind the series was to illuminate the significance of all life forms from large wildlife to microscopic invertebrates and fungi that uphold vital roles within ecosystems. Fungi are highly diverse organisms that play various ecological roles in the biosphere. They are essential in the recycling of nutrients, decomposing organic matter, symbionts of animals and plant growth, natural enemies of pests, a food source and bioremediation agents.
Coupled with fungi, invertebrates also serve a crucial role in the pollination of plants, decomposition and nutrient release. Making up 95 percent of all animal species on earth and are plants biggest source of biodiversity. The fungi kingdom and invertebrate population are crucial, without whom the whole ecological system would collapse.
Melbourne folk! I have an upcoming exhibition at Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy! I’ll be part of this group show along side some very talented creatives! Opening night is the 21 April at 6pm, so be sure to come say hello and enjoy some drinks and nibbles!
I’ll be showcasing a large body of work as well as some of my newest pieces for an upcoming series ‘Forest of Mushrooms’. The series captures a wildwood full of growth, minute life forms and woodland creatures comprised in a palette of warm autumn tones. The series explores undergrowths of mushroom species and invertebrates, focusing on minuscule details of life that form ecosystems within a larger environment.
The exhibition runs from the 21 April to 4 May 2017. The Contemporary Localised Survey is an ongoing series at Brunswick Street Gallery, interested in the artistic practices and happenings of today. The exhibition gathers small groups of artists, allowing nuances, juxtapositions and connections to organically emerge from the physical proximity of the differing works.
What medium do you use?
I primarily use traditional mediums of graphite and coloured pencil as well as inks, watercolour and acrylic paint. My work varies from illustration, painting and printmaking depending on my mood. But for the last few years my resolved works have predominately been illustrations.
What is your artistic background?
I’m a self-taught artist and have been drawing since before I can remember. I was nicknamed “Crafty” in preschool, with art being something that has always stuck with me. I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 2012, with minors in visual art and printmaking at QCA. I’m currently a full time Graphic Designer and creative artist by night!
Do you accept commission work?
No. I’m not currently taking on any commission or freelance work. I used to, however I found it took away from my personal work too much. I’m flat out keeping up with my own ideas, let alone someone else’s! I also just don’t have the time, being a full time designer, by the time I get to my own work the week is nearly over.
Do you sell your work online?
Yes. You can find prints of my work on my online etsy store or via staceymaree.com/shop
Do you sell originals?
No. Mainly because most of my early works started in journals and sketchbooks that has developed from there. My sketchbooks are most precious to me, full of ideas and scribbles that I could never pull apart. It also has to do with the technique I used in the early stages of my career. I would layer ink drawings digitally with layers of colour and mixed mediums to create depth and texture. So the original would be much different to the finished outcome.
However, my technique has shifted from this style and has become more finished in the initial drawing. Using primarily coloured pencil with an increase in scale, the works focus on capturing realistic representations. Which means the prints are most representative to the original piece, with only digital enhancements and touch ups for printing purposes. So perhaps I might sell some originals down the track… if my collection keeps growing at this rate!
Why are your prices so cheap?
This is a question I get quite frequently. The answer is, simply because I want my artwork to be affordable for everyone. I would much rather people have my work and it go to beautiful new homes of all social statuses, than it only be available to a select few.
Why is some of your most recent work not available for purchase?
Changing cities, means changing suppliers. I have not been able to source a printer that I’m satisfied with in Melbourne since being here. It is also a time consuming process between sourcing, proofing test prints and colour matching. I also carefully compare the quality of the prints against the original to get them as close as possible. I have either found printers to be too cheap and lack in quality or high quality and too expensive. I cannot justify doubling my prices and selling prints that aren’t affordable.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
My goal is to constantly work on perfecting my technique and skills. To keep up with my ideas and have a body of work that is full of my imagination. As an artist, I think it is crucial to be able to look back on your portfolio of work and see progression, development and growth. My work isn’t the same as it was five years ago; everyday I’m improving my technique, my skill, my craft. That’s what’s most important to me and that’s how I measure my success. It’s just an added bonus when other people appreciate my work as well!
After going through my studio, I realised I have neglected a few pieces to the point where I completely forgot they existed… eek! It got me thinking of my creative process and how I work. I also made a quick note of the ones found hidden in journals and to come back to them at some stage!
Every artist is different and everyone works differently. I tend to have a few pieces on the go at once. Currently I have five that I have started, halfway through or near competition. I don’t generally have that many in motion at once, usually one or two. But lately I find my hands cannot keep up with my mind! So much so that my journals are usually full of more notes and scribbles of ideas rather then actual drawings. It’s a great way for me to clear the clutter from my mind as my imagination wanders.
It also allows me to be a bit more strategic with ideas, critically analysing elements to determined whether or not they work within a piece or to simply let it be. Perhaps coming back to that idea later on, add to it or use it for a different piece entirely. I have since created an inspiration book to assist with this process, something I’ll touch on in more detail another time.
Deciding which piece to work on is very determined by my mood and which one I’m drawn to in the present moment. I could be nearly finished a piece and simply not feel it that day. Which is important to me, not only because I know I’ll be able to draw better once in that zone, but also so that the piece isn’t forced and grows naturally. I cannot work on a piece unless my heart is fully in it.
This is the reason you may find me constantly changing between drawings. I’m working on the piece that’s sings out to me the most and it feels right. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing… I believe it’s preventing the piece from becoming stale and forced. Allowing myself to work on it with a fresh set of eyes. That’s just what works for me.
If you’d like to take a glimpse at some of the pieces I’ve been working on recently, you’re welcome to pop on over to my Instagram or Tumblr feed that has all my works in progress and a few behind the scenes images! Hope you enjoy!