Interview with Gillian Wilson
I love screen print, just love the magic show up on the fabric or plain paper, that's how I find out triangletrees design from Gillain Wilson, I just love her rich color with creative graphic she create.
Let's see how she started and behind the scene of her work.
Q: Would you share with us how you started to create your art work?
I took screenprinting 101 in my final year of undergrad at Concordia University (Montreal) and it blew my mind. Up to that point, I had taken drawing and painting classes and was amazed by the immediacy of the screenprinting process and the satisfaction I got from making multiples. There’s a lot that can go wrong along the way, it helps to be fairly detail oriented and even a little anal retentive to pull a perfect print (‘perfection’ being subjective, of course).
After graduating, I bought some screens and an exposure unit and started printing on my own. Initially I made very complex designs averaging 5-9 layers, but then realized that I could overlap transparent colours to give the illusion of more layers.
Q: What's story behind your brand?
I’m not sure I have a brand at this point, seeing that I still struggle with picking a name for my Etsy store. Though if I had to sum it up, most of what I create stems from a love of the obscure combined with an appreciation of uncomplicated, slightly awkward design. Right now my focus is on printing small prints, cards and tote bags. These are the things that seem to sell the best on my Etsy store.
Q: Can you want to share your work place?
I wish I could show off a beautiful sunny print shop with lots of large tables and drying racks and cool art hanging on the walls. But sadly, I print in a dingy, unfinished basement that turns into a lake during the spring thaw. Luckily, I spend more time working in a small home office that I share with my boyfriend, which gets plenty of natural light!
Q: What is your working schedule like?
I have a part-time job at a local art store, which leaves me with a few days a week to do my own work. I’m most productive during daylight hours and usually get sleepy once the sun goes down. I’m trying to get better at list making, so that I feel a sense of accomplishment while crossing it off at the end of the day.
Q: Which type of material do you like to use the most and why?
Stonehenge paper and Speedball printing inks are my jam right now.
Q: Which piece is your favorite or sells the best?
Currently, my ‘Cat & Skull’ print seems to be selling the most. You can’t go wrong with cats & eyeballs these days!
Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
Oddly enough, inspiration usually strikes when I’m faced with an imminent deadline. I’m fairly lazy and uninspired most of the time, but checking out what some of my favourite artists are up to is a good way to get over a creative dry spell.
Q: What's the hardest part of your design career?
Motivation is a big one. Now that I’m making a few sales on Etsy, I feel a constant pressure to keep it stocked and add new work, but sometimes all I want to do is go weed the garden, or whatever. Self-doubt is another obstacle. I’m easily discouraged and need constant pep talks from my cats.
Q: Which part of working do you enjoy the most?
Printing can be pretty fun, but also stressful if things don’t go to plan. I guess there’s really nothing more satisfying than holding a freshly printed stack of paper!
Q: What it your next project?
No specific ‘projects’ on the go, but I’m keeping busy cranking out more tote bags and prints. I’ll be working on some new card designs in the coming months and hope to do some more wholesale this year.
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