Throughout the history flowers and femininity often had a close relationship with one another, both becoming symbols of love, fertility and elegance. Feminine look was often compared to flower petals due to their body lines and graceful movements resembling each other. And today I would like to invite you to explore this relationship further together with Australian based artist Caitlin Shearer.
Caitlin’s artworks are filled with soft pastel tones, beautiful shapes, and a mix of elegance and sexuality. She explores female experience and floral world. Caitlin not only creates imaginative illustrations based on her observations, but also follows the path of a textile and fashion designer with an idea of launching her clothing labels in the near future.
And now a short interview with Caitlin:
What do we need to know about you?
My name is Caitlin Shearer, I live in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia, and I’m an illustrator who also dabbles in textile and clothing design – with plans to launch my own clothing label in a few months.
What are your daily inspirations? What motivates you?
My daily inspirations are what it is to be a woman, how moods and the body change each day and how we adapt and process these things in our lives. Plants are also my big inspiration – nature is so pure and can hardly be improved upon and I take cues from all the gorgeous shapes and colours.
Describe your creative process. What is your favourite part of it?
I scribble, I photograph, and I think and let things meld into shape inside of my head. I’ve always got ideas floating around but have to wait for the right time, when they are crystallised, to let them out. Some days I sew, some days I draw and paint, I like to chop and change depending which mood I’m in.
How does your work space look like? What do you like about it? What would you change?
My work space is all over the house, as I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home. I have a sewing corner and tend to work on the floor quite a lot.
Describe your typical day.
Waking, feeding impatient cats, checking emails, visiting the post office, going for a stroll around the neighbourhood, cooking for my housemates, making some clothes, doing some drawing, catching some sun rays in the garden.
Your tips for fresh artists, designers and makers
Invest yourself in your skills and learn as much as you can about the things that interest you. Do your work with integrity and honesty and I don’t think you can go wrong.
All the images used in this post belong to the artist.