Shel­ley Steer

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Be­ing part of a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort was a ma­jor at­trac­tion for Mel­bourne artist, il­lus­tra­tor and tex­tile de­signer Shel­ley Steer, the cre­ator of an un­ti­tled still life ( page 36). “I loved the process, with each in­di­vid­ual (cre­ative direc­tor, stylist, photographer and artist) play­ing their part — not nec­es­sar­ily need­ing to com­mu­ni­cate ver­bally but rather vis­ually,” she says. “There was the ideal amount of di­rec­tion, trust and free­dom be­tween each per­son and their craft, to cul­mi­nate in a beau­ti­ful vis­ual story.” Steer, who has also worked in Lon­don and with clients such as An­thro­polo­gie and Paris de­sign­ers Pe­tite Fri­t­ure, is in­spired by gar­dens and plants, and thrives on a de­fined cre­ative process. “It in­volves a few phases,” she says. “The first is ‘play­ing’, or play­ing with ideas; next is ‘prep work’, or sourc­ing ref­er­ence ma­te­rial. Then comes ‘sketch­ing and paint­ing’, which I love, as I usu­ally work with wa­ter­colour. And the fi­nal phase is ‘digital’, as most of my work usu­ally in­volves digital edit­ing and de­sign­ing.” Steer has just started an­other col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Plant Society, a Mel­bourne team of plant cul­ti­va­tors. “It’s a per­fect match!” she says.

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