The ‘professional doodler’ talks to Stylist about adding her unique touch to our fourth annual illustrated issue
How long have you been working on this issue?
I started over a month ago. It’s been quite intense but that’s naturally how I work.
What has been your favourite page to work on?
Most Desired – because it was a 3D set. The trickiest pages were the regulars and finding the balance so that my illustrations complemented rather than overrode the content.
If you had to name your heart character, what would it be?
Edna. I always say the first name that pops into my head. Someone once asked me the name of my bubble balloon character and I said ‘Susan’. However, I prefer to leave it open to interpretation.
What’s your favourite Christmas hack?
When I was little, I would cut out the little characters on the front of old Christmas cards. My mum would use them as tags so they’d get double use and were all different.
What are you doing for Christmas this year?
I go to Gozo [in Malta] every Christmas because my parents live there. My sister lives in Paris so it’ll be nice to have some time with everyone together.
Tell us about your first book, Living With Hattie Stewart, which is out in February…
The book is more engaged with my own illustrations, rather than my illustrations being applied to something, which is what I’m known for. I had 100 images to choose from my last show Pattern, Shape, Fluidity, Versions so selecting the final 32 was easy.
What else do you have planned for 2016?
I did three exhibitions this year as they are a showcase for my work, plus I took a lot of holidays! So next year I’m looking forward to some more collaborations and big, fun commercial projects.
Words: Katie O’Malley
Photography: Silvia Olsen