How would you describe your practice?
I’m currently studying illustration but I wouldn’t class everything I make as illustration necessarily. I make drawings, collages, ceramics, patterns, printed fabrics and knitted and crocheted creations so I think I need a more all-encompassing title like illustrator-designer-maker. Last year I invented the alias Herbert Green, which is fun because it’s like having a secret identity that I can hide behind. Mostly, I try to make work which is uplifting, warm and has a homely feel. I think that my practice is still in the process of becoming, so maybe get back to me in a year and I’ll have a more definitive answer.
Your work often features natural motifs, can you outline why you're drawn to this type of imagery?
I take a lot of inspiration from the every-day and noticing the wonderful in the ordinary. Fruit, vegetables and plants are such humble and ubiquitous beings but are also so beautiful and perfectly formed. You can always find amazing colours, shapes and patterns hidden in natural forms. I try to bring these elements to life in my work with lots of colour and a sense of playfulness.