artist profile :: alisha hinds

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tell us about your background

I am a self taught illustrator with a background in event management, marketing, travel and graphic design and at the end of 2011, I launched my own greeting card label. I have a growing love of street art and to date I have been commissioned for a number of projects, licensed my illustrations throughout the USA and Singapore and have exhibited in California, Toronto-Canada and throughout Australia including participating at the Sydney Fringe and Sydney Vivid Festivals since my debut in 2011.

tell us about what you create

I have a love for creating strong , feminine designs often influenced by my fascination of the orient and east.  I am a somewhat geisha addict and have  a distinctive illustration style which incorporate the signature use of black with each illustration being predominately vector based.

what made you start making your pieces?

I had had the idea of selling my artwork shortly after my sister died, I felt a bit lost and I guess putting everything into being creative allowed me to process the grief I felt and kept me busy. I was invited to be a stall holder at Newcastle’s leading art and design market “The Olive Tree Market” and opportunities to showcase my work just grew from there.

What is your inspiration/influences?

I am inspired by the work of Canadian gigclee artist Jon Todd and Australian artist Eveline Tarunadjaja and initiatives like ‘’Street Art Walking’’. I am always drawn to people who follow their dreams no matter how big or small and achieve them.

What materials do you use?

I generally do all my illustrations using  my MAC and programs like Illustrator and Photoshop otherwise its pen and paper for the doodles. I recently sold my WACOM so I am keen to see what exciting new tools are out there for me. I feel ive slipped a bit into the dark ages lately when it comes to technology.

I love playing with other different materials including carving on wood and lino and creating designs especially for printmaking mediums.

tell us about your creative process?

It usually starts with a message I would like to put across to people – it almost always has a sub concious orient feel.

anything else you would like to add?

I am currently Explore Editor and Ambassador for the goregous Australian designer and maker magazine tickle the imagination and am always on the lookout for exciting new collaborations and projects.

where else can we find you?

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