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Interview with Emily Nelson

Interview with Emily Nelson

| On 18, Nov 2013

Creative Drinks was lucky enough to nab multi-tasking wonder, Emily Nelson, for our next event.

A Brisbane local, Emily’s quirky and charming style has landed her some pretty sweet exposure at places like Princess Polly and Winn Lane.

As well as being an illustrator, Emily is a supreme photographer and all round lovely person.

Here’s what happened when we caught up with Miss Nelson recently:

CD: How did you get into art?

EN: I started painting on butchers paper on the wall of my house when I was a little kid and sitting in the grass drawing birds and wild life in the back yard. I always loved drawing animals, characters and story telling and when I finished high school studied a Bachelor of Animation and a Masters in Digital Design, but in the end I came back to illustrating (with a new love of photography mixed in) and that’s what I love.
CD: What inspires you?

EN: Animals, nature, all things tropical, my pomeranian, people who find unconventional ways to make a living, people who follow their dreams.


CD: What do you think of Brisbane’s creative scene?

EN: It’s great, there is a lot more happening than people realise. I think it’s important to make an effort to get out of the house and meet other people and find out what they are doing, make connections with people you admire and small businesses! I’m lucky to photograph events for The Weekend Edition every week, so I get out and about very often.

CD: If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would it be?

EN: I would love to collaborate with Leah Goren, a Brooklyn based water colour illustrator and textile artist. I love her style and how she translates her art to home ware and fashion products and think I could learn a lot from her. I’m interested in doing some textile art work and patterns and am keen to collaborate with screen printers and fashion labels at the moment.

CD: What is your dream job/future and why?

EN: I’m kind of already living my dream job: working full-time from home as a freelance illustrator and photographer. I’ve been working for myself for a year and can see my business growing and it’s so exciting. I’d like to illustrate more for children’s books and editorial pieces. I’d also love to see my range of products grow and also expand to some textiles and home wares. I feel like I’m on the right track. I love being my own boss and love spending my days being creative, it makes me so happy.

CD: What is your favourite TV show and why?

EN: Seinfeld, because I can always watch re-runs and still find it funny.

CD: Favourite food?

EN: Vegan raw desserts.

CD: Can you give us 3 words you would use to describe your work?

EN: Quirky, tropical, animals.

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CD: What are 3 words your friends would use to describe you?

EN: I had a really hard time with this question and feel really uncomfortable saying nice things about myself or even defining myself in 3 words… haha. I think that I am dog-obsessed, anxious and eccentric.

I asked some friends on facebook and they said lots of nice things about me:

creative-breakfast-maker, kind, caring, healthy, blonde, tiny, small, compact, creative, artistic, excitable, bubbly, sweet, imaginative, gorgeous, cute

So maybe they will help if you need some descriptive words about me – hopefully you get a general idea about me…. Help!

CD: Can you draw us a quick picture of a creative drink?

EN: My drink is a super tropical drink served in a pineapple. It contains pineapple, lime juice, coconut water and mint! (And maybe some Havanna Club).


Emily will be showcasing at our event (she also designed the art!), Art on the Fringe, buy tickets here!