Interview: Artist Jess Dyball
Creative Drinks: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Jess:Â I actually hate this question the most, because I never know what to say. Iâ€™m an emerging artist, I guess, and a PHD candidate at QUT.
Creative Drinks: So, youâ€™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 Iâ€™m pursuing seriously at the same time. Itâ€™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 donâ€™t want to do it, but when you get to that point where youâ€™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 youâ€™re watching a documentary, doing research. Iâ€™m often sitting there making art at the same time and then stopping and taking notes and going back to it. So, itâ€™s a bit of a passion thing, but its definitely something that I’m pursuing as well.
Creative Drinks: Whatâ€™s the process for making a piece like that?
Jess: Itâ€™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 thatâ€™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 Iâ€™ll make about 12 concept drawings… I churn them out.
From there I probably narrow them down to about six images and then Iâ€™ll transfer them onto fabric, at which point Iâ€™ll sit down with my watercolours and Iâ€™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 donâ€™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. Thereâ€™s a UK magazine that Iâ€™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: Iâ€™ve always had things come up on my news feed and Iâ€™ve had friends just attend Creative Drinks events in the past. I donâ€™t even know how it happened, I had this alert come through, or I saw something about Creative Drinks and it was â€˜Submit Your Work!â€™ and I went â€˜Okâ€™. And that was literally was â€˜Sure! Why not?â€™ And I didnâ€™t even think about it. I just knew that Creative Drinks was a really great thing.
What?Â Young At Art, Hosted by Creative Drinks
When?Â 6pm, 8 August 2013
Where?Â Fringe Bar, Fortitude Valley
How much?Â $15 online
More info?Â Buy ticketsÂ online