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Georgia Hill

Georgia
Hill

artist

Georgia is a Sydney based illustrator and artist who specialises in hand drawn typography. She focuses on mixed media across a variety of applications including branding, murals, and installations. She’s also featured in a series of high profile exhibitions and print publications, so we’re thrilled to have her as one of our first featured artists.

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  • Feature image of Georgia Hill
  • Feature image of Georgia Hill
  • Feature image of Georgia Hill
  • Feature image of Georgia Hill

27-03-2015

On the wall

10 visual insights from featured artist Georgia Hill

Question number 1 Favourite pair of shoes...
Question number 2 View from your window...
Question number 3 Something you can’t live without...
Question number 4 Most loved object in your house...
Question number 5 Something that inspires you...
Question number 6 A selfie for the wall...
Question number 7 What represent's your work at present...
Question number 8 Favourite food this week...
Question number 9 Texture, colour or both...
Question number 10 Screensaver on your phone...
The long story

01.When did you realise you were creative?

I think I’ve always known – it’s not that I set out to work in a creative way, it’s just the only thing I really know how to do! It’s how my mind works, registers everything, and keeps me awake at night, so it’s lucky I get to do this job that is so flexible and self-motivated. It’s also lucky that I’m working in a time where it’s actually possible to commit to a certain approach and lifestyle and see it working out.

02.What do you currently do for work?

Right now I’m a freelance illustrator, letterer and artist, so my work is a pretty even split of commercial and client  jobs with set briefs and deadlines. The other half is personal artwork, which covers exhibition pieces, commissions, big wall painting and experimentation with materials, approaches and concepts. I’m pretty heavily committed to spending a lot of time developing my own work, which eventually bleeds back into the client work, so my style is really coming through across the board in a slow cycle.

03.Have you always worked in this field?

Since I graduated from uni, I’ve worked strictly in creative fields, whether it’s freelance or studios in Sydney and Berlin, which is tough when it’s a slow time but I trust the work will come, and also use any down time for my own work. I try to use my time in a way that everything eventually contributes to this bigger picture of doing my own thing all day, every day.

04.What inspires you the most at present?

Weirdly enough – colour – which I’m building up to using again, but I’m really loving strong contrasts but with softer application. Hard explain, nice to see! I’m also looking at a lot of architecture, mainly 20’s and 70’s buildings, which I’m getting into not just in the way of the structure but also the materials and thinking behind it all.

05.Your favourite project to date?

Wow, that’s hard to answer, every job is definitely different! I really enjoyed the recent commission I created for Kitan Club, which was a simple tee but I pushed myself into some more illustrative works rather than leaning entirely on lettering. Also the big wall I recently completed with James Jirat Patradoon was a favourite, not only because it’s our biggest one to date, but also because I usually struggle when collaborating with others. I think when they style is complementary, rather than opposite or exactly the same, it finally works out!

06.Talk us through an average work day?

I usually work late into the night so I’ll be up around 9, coffee has to happen, then try to spend the first hour on emails, outlining the day and reading, then it’s into client jobs with sketches, feedback, and final art. Run or the gym at 5 or 6, and then into my own work through the night. I find it’s really good having the divide and working on business things in ‘business hours’, then night time I just end up in a better headspace and flow of work.

07.Who are your biggest style influences?

I’m really influenced lately not so much by other people’s styles but by their approaches and the sense of community all of these people together in Sydney are creating. That said I do really love anything that’s a bold graphic, but also excessive – so that covers anything from fashion editorials and hyper-detailed illustration, to exaggerated sense of scale or materials.

08.Your idea of a dream project?

Woah… something big scale, full reach, big name client. I’m still learning to outsource things beyond me (I’m only one person!), so ideally I’d take on an almost art director’s role and manage the overall look and feel. So in a dream, it could be a sneakers brand, and I cover everything from shoe design to packaging, promo, launch event, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, with the sole aim of creating new work presented in a way that hasn’t been done before.

09.The biggest challenge in your career?

Maintaining a solid stance for what I’m really passionate about. Which covers working in my own style and not deviating from that, but also when it’s my name on the job I have to think about the brand and if we’re actually the right fit for each other. Which is tough when sometimes you need to get paid, the exposure could be good, but it’s a juggle every day anyway.

10.What are you looking forward to?

This year I want to have another solo show and really push into some new materials and way more experimental approaches, but still contained in my own style which I’ll be pushing even harder on too. I’m travelling a lot for work which I love, so ideally that will take my overseas, and I will also have a legitimate holiday!

The long story

01.When did you realise you were creative?

I think I’ve always known – it’s not that I set out to work in a creative way, it’s just the only thing I really know how to do! It’s how my mind works, registers everything, and keeps me awake at night, so it’s lucky I get to do this job that is so flexible and self-motivated. It’s also lucky that I’m working in a time where it’s actually possible to commit to a certain approach and lifestyle and see it working out.

02.What do you currently do for work?

Right now I’m a freelance illustrator, letterer and artist, so my work is a pretty even split of commercial and client  jobs with set briefs and deadlines. The other half is personal artwork, which covers exhibition pieces, commissions, big wall painting and experimentation with materials, approaches and concepts. I’m pretty heavily committed to spending a lot of time developing my own work, which eventually bleeds back into the client work, so my style is really coming through across the board in a slow cycle.

03.Have you always worked in this field?

Since I graduated from uni, I’ve worked strictly in creative fields, whether it’s freelance or studios in Sydney and Berlin, which is tough when it’s a slow time but I trust the work will come, and also use any down time for my own work. I try to use my time in a way that everything eventually contributes to this bigger picture of doing my own thing all day, every day.

04.What inspires you the most at present?

Weirdly enough – colour – which I’m building up to using again, but I’m really loving strong contrasts but with softer application. Hard explain, nice to see! I’m also looking at a lot of architecture, mainly 20’s and 70’s buildings, which I’m getting into not just in the way of the structure but also the materials and thinking behind it all.

05.Your favourite project to date?

Wow, that’s hard to answer, every job is definitely different! I really enjoyed the recent commission I created for Kitan Club, which was a simple tee but I pushed myself into some more illustrative works rather than leaning entirely on lettering. Also the big wall I recently completed with James Jirat Patradoon was a favourite, not only because it’s our biggest one to date, but also because I usually struggle when collaborating with others. I think when they style is complementary, rather than opposite or exactly the same, it finally works out!

06.Talk us through an average work day?

I usually work late into the night so I’ll be up around 9, coffee has to happen, then try to spend the first hour on emails, outlining the day and reading, then it’s into client jobs with sketches, feedback, and final art. Run or the gym at 5 or 6, and then into my own work through the night. I find it’s really good having the divide and working on business things in ‘business hours’, then night time I just end up in a better headspace and flow of work.

07.Who are your biggest style influences?

I’m really influenced lately not so much by other people’s styles but by their approaches and the sense of community all of these people together in Sydney are creating. That said I do really love anything that’s a bold graphic, but also excessive – so that covers anything from fashion editorials and hyper-detailed illustration, to exaggerated sense of scale or materials.

08.Your idea of a dream project?

Woah… something big scale, full reach, big name client. I’m still learning to outsource things beyond me (I’m only one person!), so ideally I’d take on an almost art director’s role and manage the overall look and feel. So in a dream, it could be a sneakers brand, and I cover everything from shoe design to packaging, promo, launch event, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, with the sole aim of creating new work presented in a way that hasn’t been done before.

09.The biggest challenge in your career?

Maintaining a solid stance for what I’m really passionate about. Which covers working in my own style and not deviating from that, but also when it’s my name on the job I have to think about the brand and if we’re actually the right fit for each other. Which is tough when sometimes you need to get paid, the exposure could be good, but it’s a juggle every day anyway.

10.What are you looking forward to?

This year I want to have another solo show and really push into some new materials and way more experimental approaches, but still contained in my own style which I’ll be pushing even harder on too. I’m travelling a lot for work which I love, so ideally that will take my overseas, and I will also have a legitimate holiday!

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