Artist: Monique Jivram
Who are you?
My name is Monique Stefanie Jivram, I graduated from Winchester school of art in 2007 and currently live in London.
What do you do?
I’m an illustrator. I take a unique and labour intensive approach of collaging urban embroideries with inky drawings. I have been told I have a strong signature style and create work that is fresh, original and intensely striking.
My work moves away from the expectations of traditional embroidery but maintains an unswerving attention to detail, it displays an obvious fascination with strong linear shapes and colour.
Why do you do it?
I illustrate because I love to draw, everyone wants their dream job.
Who are your influences?
I was born here but my mum is Colombian so I visit South America frequently. I’m fascinated by Latin American art, I love the vibrancy and intricacy seen in many South American pieces.
I love the work of contemporary artist Nate Williams and Elsa Mora. Traditional artist it has to be Klint and the Pre-Raphaelites.
What inspires your work?
My work gains inspiration from overheard conversations. I spend a lot of time on the London underground. I rely heavily on the concept of schemas and mnemonics, beginning each piece by mapping out images that support and develop a starting text.
What do you like?
Sun, water, overhearing funny conversations, being abroad, laughing, red wine and coke (mixed together), working in my sketchbook in a sunny place and floating in a warm sea.
What don’t you like?
Not getting enough sleep and queue jumpers.
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Originally posted 2011-07-21 09:00:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter