Pro­file: Brit­tany Mo­lineux

Work­ing in paint, penci land­mark-making, Brit­tany Mo­lineux’s art is all about tex­ture. She il­lus­trated our cover and our con­certina cards this is­sue.

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How does the nat­u­ral world in­spire your work?

The shapes, colours, com­po­si­tions and tex­tures you see in na­ture all have a strong in­flu­ence on me. I’ll of­ten illustrate a photo I’ve taken on a walk or trip and use it as a chance to ex­per­i­ment with new tex­tures and brushes.

What do you do to cre­ate a calm work­ing en­vi­ron­ment?

I try to keep my work space as tidy as pos­si­ble with sketch­books and pa­pers neatly stacked, although this does tend to go out the win­dow when a dead­line is loom­ing! When that hap­pens I like to lis­ten to mu­sic or a pod­cast to keep things chilled.

What pod­casts are you lis­ten­ing to at the mo­ment?

Too many! They are my favourite thing to have on while I work. I love lis­ten­ing to ‘The De­brief Pod­cast’, it al­ways makes me laugh and I can’t stop rec­om­mend­ing it to ev­ery­one! I also re­ally en­joy Ra­di­o­lab, In­vis­i­bilia and The Cy­cling Pod­cast.

What other ways do you use to un­wind?

I find read­ing re­ally helps after a day at the stu­dio, it’s nice to have a break from a screen and switch off. I also love cy­cling and yoga, they are both great ways to es­cape and re­set!

What’s been your favourite work pro­ject so far?

It’s dif­fi­cult to pick one; I re­ally en­joy that I’ve been asked to work on such a va­ri­ety. Maps are great fun as you get to learn about a new part of the world and I al­ways end up want­ing to visit the cities I illustrate. I also loved work­ing on this is­sue of Pro­ject Calm. It’s al­ways a fun cre­ative chal­lenge.

Where do you have your best ideas?

It tends to be when I’m not at my desk! Quite of­ten an idea will click when I’m on my bike, walk­ing or making a cup of tea. I like it when there’s time to let the ideas tick over as I in­evitably hear or see some­thing rel­e­vant that in­spires me.

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