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Interview: Artist Jess Dyball

Interview: Artist Jess Dyball

Meet artist Jess Dyball, one of our talented feature artists at Young at Art on August 8.Artist Jess Dyball

Creative Drinks: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Jess: I actually hate this question the most, because I never know what to say. I’m an emerging artist, I guess, and a PHD candidate at QUT.

Creative Drinks: So, you’re an artist. What sort of art do you do?

Jess: Embroidery. Usually watercolour or embroidery-based art. But I often mix embroidery with watercolour as well.

Creative Drinks: Is this something that you want to pursue seriously? Or is it a passion project?

Jess: A little bit from column A, a little bit from column B. I hate saying that, but it kind if applies in this. It’s definitely my passion project, but it’s definitely something I’m pursuing seriously at the same time. It’s one of those things. I love it because, as much as the conceptual side of pulling images together and drawing them out and actually getting it to a point where I can turn it into a painting and then embroider into it is really long and annoying and sometimes I really don’t want to do it, but when you get to that point where you’re embroidering it, it becomes this really wonderful, meditative thing that you can do on the bus or while you watching a movie or, for me, while you’re watching a documentary, doing research. I’m often sitting there making art at the same time and then stopping and taking notes and going back to it. So, it’s a bit of a passion thing, but its definitely something that I’m pursuing as well.

Creative Drinks: What’s the process for making a piece like that?

Jess: It’s actually been a really long process to get to where it is now. So now I don’t really know what the process is anymore, because its something that I do so intuitively – which sounds like such a wanky thing to say, but it’s not a lie.

It sort of starts from figuring out where I want to take a picture, what I want to do next. Do I want to use text? Am I trying to saying something? Or do I just want to make something that’s really aesthetically pleasing? And looking at a lot of different couture and editorial and fashion images and seeing what I really respond to. Is there an aesthetic that I kind of want to play around with at the moment? How am I feeling about the world? And then starting to draw inspiration from there. And then I’ll make about 12 concept drawings… I churn them out.

Jess Dyball - Art

From there I probably narrow them down to about six images and then I’ll transfer them onto fabric, at which point I’ll sit down with my watercolours and I’ll figure out what colour do I want to do there or do I want to do a simple black and white piece? Do I want to put text into it? And when I start embroidering it, I just let the piece work it way.

Creative Drinks: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Jess: Couture photography, movies. The two most visually inspiring movies for me are Amelie and Marie Antoinette. I can watch those and I don’t know what it is, both of those are just very visually aesthetically pleasing to me. Music, magazine covers randomly – especially Vogue and Cosmo. Cosmo is just ridiculous – I get a lot of inspiration from that. Magazines in general like Rush, Oyster. There’s a UK magazine that I’m in love with called Oh Comely and every time I can get it in Australia, I always find something from there that inspires me. Books, all your really usual pedestrian inspirations.

Creative Drinks: What motivated you to get involved in Creative Drinks?

Jess: I’ve always had things come up on my news feed and I’ve had friends just attend Creative Drinks events in the past. I don’t even know how it happened, I had this alert come through, or I saw something about Creative Drinks and it was ‘Submit Your Work!’ and I went ‘Ok’. And that was literally was ‘Sure! Why not?’ And I didn’t even think about it. I just knew that Creative Drinks was a really great thing.


What? Young At Art, Hosted by Creative Drinks

When? 6pm, 8 August 2013

Where? Fringe Bar, Fortitude Valley

How much? $15 online

More info? Buy tickets online