Designer Interviews - Week 2
The second amazing artist that has kindly agreed to this interview is the charismatic Sally Payne. She is a Surface Designer and illustrator, who has been in the business for over 10 years and I could not think about doing these interviews without featuring her.
Hi Sally, I'm so honored to interview you and that you agreed to these series. Thank you so much!
Thanks so much for asking me to be interviewed!
I think the work you produce is adorably cute. You manage to create appealing characters using a variety of mediums, such as paper and fabric. It’s obvious you’re having lots of fun but where do you gather your inspiration from?
I love what I do which I hope translates through my work. I am inspired by so many things, I'm a bit of a Pinterest addict, I love Instagram too - but also day to day things inspire me including my children, books, days out, shopping etc etc. I try and do something creative every day even if it's just 20 minutes - it keeps me sane in amongst all the chaos!
Do you mind sharing what is your working process? ( I would love to share some photos of the designers working tables and/or offices)
My work process changes frequently. I love collage so I begin with hand cut shapes that I scan and manipulate in Photoshop. I rarely do anything that is entirely digital - I favour mixed media but love what the digital process can offer. I used to work a lot with just fabric and applique based designs and still do when designing embroideries for children's clothing.I think there is something very appealing about working with 'real' materials aside from just digital processes.
I also use Illustrator and live trace to convert my hand drawn sketches to vector. I've just re discovered painting which i'm really enjoying. I'm quite erratic I jump from one thing to the next frequently!
I have a great work space - its never as tidy as it appears in the picture though - my dream one day would be my own room where I can just shut the door to the mess!
Being a Freelance Designer can be challenging in many ways, you have to be self disciplined, a multitasker and sometimes feel the pressure of being financially insecure.What challenges have you faced along the way?
Its a challenge, I freelance part time - I teach A level Graphic Design 2 days a week and I have done for the last 10 years. It gives me the financial security that freelancing doesn't offer.
You have to be very self motivated but i like the freedom it offers and also great as I have 2 small children so it provides flexibility that a 'day' job can't.
The only negative from my perspective is I am literally something different every day- either a mum, a teacher or a designer and this can be frustrating as I find I am constantly stopping and starting work. I work a lot of evenings, hardly ever sit down and watch the telly!
One day maybe I'll just freelance but I'm very lucky to have 2 creative jobs!
What is your thoughts on selling outright instead of licensing?
I have always sold outright - i'm not familiar with licensing.
Did you have a dream client? And if so have you managed to work with them?
A dream client would be Paperchase - always love what they do. I also really admire Boden - their children's clothes are gorgeous!
If you could change one thing in the business what would it be?
Not really sure what I'd change about the business I guess just maintaining a regular income is the biggest challenge!
Who are your favorite artists and who do you admire?
I admire so many artists and designers. I find new Illustrators all the time. I love the work of Lorna Scobie her paintings have so much character. I like the simplicity of Jane Fosters work - A real favourite is Jane Ormes I have lots of her prints around my house.
We would also love to know a little bit more about you. What other hidden talents do you have? Spectacular cook, super cool mom, best female football player in the hood?
No hidden talents I'm afraid just good at multitasking! My boys are my main priority - they never stop (2 boys) so I attend lots of football, clear up lots of mud and my hoover is full of their lego!
Any exciting projects for the future?
I do have some exciting projects on the go - one in particular which is a bit of a dream job but it's a long process so can't share at the moment.
Finally would you like to give any advice for new and upcoming surface designers and illustrators?
Yes - be prepared it takes time to get established, you have to be very motivated - draw everyday, if you love what you do it will pay off!
Thank you Sally for having the time and courage to share more about yourself and your art. I do hope you get to work with your dream clients, I can see your art working perfectly with either Paperchase and Boden, fingers crossed! It has been wonderful to get to know you better. Please keep doing what you do because the world needs your art!!