Esme Stillaway



What’s your backstory and what do you do in life now? 

I’ve done art in some form or another my entire life, leading up to me going to university to do illustration. In my life right now I’m trying to get back in touch with what I have always loved about art, and trying to find new ways to use it to improve my life, like considering starting to learn to tattoo my work.

Name one defining moment from your life.

When I moved out of my family home 5 years ago, as I always wanted independence from a young age.

How long have you been doing art?

My whole life, but have been considering it as a profession for a couple of years.

How would you describe your style?

My style is ever-changing, but bold, often colourful and grounded in symbolism and simplicity.

Favorite artform/s that you partake in.

I love to decorate pre-existing items with my work.

Favorite artform/s that you don’t partake in.

I would love to do more pottery/stained glass.

What rituals get you in a creative mood?

Going outside for a bit.
What does your creative process look like?

Messy and chaotic, non-linear as I’m constantly changing my mind.

How do you get over a creative block?

Make art with friends and no planning involved, just put pen to paper in some way. I also like to try new mediums to help with creative block.

What do you struggle with as an artist?

I struggle with consistency in my motivation, I might make loads and loads of art one week and then none at all the next week.

What do you do when you need a break from art?

I crochet, I love making stuff out of wool!

Favorite food-drink combo for when you’re down in the dumps.

Bagels and a hot coffee

Name one big accomplishment and an equally big fail from your life.

My biggest accomplishments are always when I get to have my work on public display, and my biggest fails are always regarding me being the worlds most disorganised person, I’ve never been on time for anything!

If money was no object, how would you spend your time on this earth?

If money was no object I’d spend my time travelling and making things, I would choose not to make money from my art, but I would just create stuff for pleasure.

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