As we all emerge from the latest East Coast Lockdown in Australia we re-enter the new normal in Spring (and let's face facts; the Spring sunshine has gotten us through. Let's not mention the rain and wind BUT THE SUNSHINE) with warming days and blossoms and blooms surrounding us, it only seemed RIGHT and JUST to release the newest collaboration collection with a new work mate of mine and fellow creative (and damn right talented woman!) Ash Deaton.
Ash and I met through a market stall space locally in Goulburn (sort of), it was the support small 12 days of Christmas and she must have been day 9 before me and I was taken with her work so the seed was planted to see what magic we could create together.
Fast forward almost 10 months and here we are at the pre-birth of bloom 🌸 But first, meet Ash and enjoy her 5 quick questions!
So, tell us what you do? How did you start it? And what plans are moving forward into 2022!
I work in creating continuous line drawings, minimalist line drawings and painted artworks in both commission and collection formats for all art lovers! My ethos, art created just for you to cherish forever, reflects the personal nature of many of the artworks I create, and I am always touched by how much something I can create can mean to so many people.
I started this in February 2020, when I was in my final year of high school - not great timing, I know! I had learnt about continuous line drawing in my art class, picked up a pen to start practicing, and haven't put it down since. Since its beginning, I am still so shocked and thankful for all the beautiful artworks I get to make every week!
I am currently putting the final touches on a website platform, which will be live before Xmas! Here you will be able to find all the collection artworks for sale, that will also still be advertised on my Instagram! Apparel will also be launching in late November, along with a line of tattoo flash!
Moving into 2022, I will be continuing my commissions, working around the clock for uni, and am working on diversifying my artworks - I am hoping to release a few more print collections, and am even contemplating having an art showing, somewhere that people can see the artworks in person and purchase on the spot! There are so many ideas in my head that I need to get out onto a canvas, so I'm looking forward to showing everyone completely new artworks in the New Year!
5 QUICK QUESTIONS:
What brings you joy?
For the past few months and especially leading into warmer weather I've been making my breakfast (usually yoghurt with granola and kiwi fruit - weird combination, I know!!) and sitting outside on my front patio in the sun. It has been setting the tone of my day, even my week!
Something that definitely does set my soul on fire is travel - I can't wait to get out and up and down the coast to my heart's content, I won't be missing any more moments!!
I definitely also get the most joy out of swimming - doesn't matter where it is, as long as it's a body of water and I can be there as long as I like! I crave it - ask my friends, it's all I can talk about sometimes!
What is the last thing you read?
None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney - I could barely put it down, and had a seriously twisted plot! Lockdown has actually been so good at getting me back into reading, it's being able to get back to doing something I love with a little extra time on my hands. Next on my list is Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin!
What is your favourite part of your workday?
My favourite part of my workday is definitely wrapping up all my artworks, adding a little 'thank you' bundle to orders, and making them all gorgeous and prepped ready for me to deliver! I also definitely find a little guilty pleasure in bulk priming canvases - something about it just lets my brain switch off, and printing off shipping labels - makes me feel very official!
What does Bloom mean to you?
After all the talks I had with Cheyenne about our shared vision for the candle collaboration, it felt like a floral, feminine and vivacious vibe was the perfect one - one that resonated with both of us, and hopefully with everyone who will buy one! Most of my artworks draw in on the feminine form and the beauty of nature in all its forms, so this was something perfectly different for us both to work on together!
Before Cheyenne approached me, I had never even considered the idea that a candle collaboration was something that I could branch into! It felt like the perfect fit, and candles are always something that I have grown up in cherishing, and were always a pinnacle in gift-giving! In fact, the lotus scent was picked because it is my absolute end-all for candles. The first candle I ever got was a lotus scented, and no other scent will compare in my eyes (also I am VERY much partial to Channy's Jasmine and Sweet Pea!!)
What is your dream holiday?
My dream holiday is a Europe tour for 6 weeks, ending in a few weeks in Egypt followed by a few weeks in Greece! It has been for as long as I can remember, never wavering and always in the back of my mind!
This was the plan for my gap year (did not go according to plan - goodbye gap year 2021, hello uni!) but the first chance I get, you can trust that I'll be sunning it up on a beach in Santorini.
Ash will be opening her website soon post will be edited and updated but for now you can find her on Instagram @ashbrookecreative
Sunday Night at 8pm - set your clocks and reminders to be the first to grab one or THREE of the limited batch of 2021 Bloom Candles.