KER­RIE HESS

Collective Hub - - DESIGN -

WHY DOES THIS IM­AGE SAY ‘COL­LEC­TIVE HUB’ TO YOU?

Your mag­a­zine launched at the time I was hav­ing my first solo art ex­hi­bi­tion in Paris. I re­mem­ber dis­cov­er­ing this mag­a­zine that made me feel in­spired about the next chap­ter of my ca­reer. The im­age is set in Paris at Le Meurice where my ex­hi­bi­tion would be held. Col­lec­tive Hub was one of the first mag­a­zines that re­ally made me feel good about my­self.

HOW DO YOU HOPE READ­ERS PER­CEIVE IT?

[I hope you are] in­spired to fol­low what­ever that lit­tle voice in­side is telling you to do. This im­age rep­re­sents a time when I said yes to some­thing I was in­cred­i­bly ner­vous about – show­ing 18 orig­i­nal pieces to an au­di­ence of 350 peo­ple. There were is­sues get­ting the pieces through cus­toms. I had to write a speech in French! It was a nervewreck­ing ex­pe­ri­ence I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of.

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR ARTIS­TIC STYLE?

Ro­man­tic, spon­ta­neous, mys­te­ri­ous. I gen­er­ally work with water­colour paint, which is a very spon­ta­neous medium. I am a com­plete ro­man­tic at heart, and love to leave out some ob­vi­ous de­tails in ev­ery piece. A lit­tle bit of mys­tery goes a long way!

HOW DO YOU BE­GIN YOUR CRE­ATIVE PROCESS?

I like to get into a pos­i­tive mood (cho­co­late, cof­fee and great mu­sic helps!). I might look at ref­er­ence images if I am work­ing on some­thing spe­cific for a fash­ion or beauty brand. Or I might be com­pletely spon­ta­neous if the piece is for my own art print shop.

WHAT ARE YOU EX­CITED ABOUT WORK­ING ON NOW?

I am about to launch a new set of [shop] win­dows at Har­rods depart­ment store in Lon­don. I also re­cently launched a YouTube chan­nel, as well as an on­line gallery of orig­i­nal pieces along­side my prints which, to my sur­prise, have been ship­ping out to buy­ers all over the world.

HOW DO YOU FEED YOUR CRE­ATIVE EN­ERGY?

Walks in the park, days at the beach, switch­ing off from so­cial me­dia. I love to paint without over-think­ing it, walk away from the im­age and look at it again later with fresh eyes to see what is miss­ing. My grade 10 art teacher taught me that, and I still do it!

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