How would you introduce yourself?
Steven Wilson, Illustrator.
When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/illustrator?
I knew I wanted a career in art & design as young as 8 or 9 as I used to spend a lot of time drawing with my Grandfather but I didn’t narrow it down to an Illustrator until I applied for the Illustration course at Brighton University at 18. Once I was there I then knew for sure. The tutors that were there at the time included George Hardie and Bush Hollyhead who had both produced a lot of work for Hipgnosis design and I was and still am inspired by their work.
Who have you looked to as inspiration throughout your career – how has this influenced your work?
I look at well respected designers and Illustrators past and present. George Hardie, Ian Wright, Kam Tang to name a few but really most of my inspiration happens through trial and error of actually working. When you are creating a lot of images as I do then things tend to happen, sometimes by mistake and sometimes purposefully that influence where you next take your work. I enjoy experimenting and searching for new aesthetics for my work so if I discover a new technique through accident or by experimentation I tend to try and develop it and make it into something I can call my own and utilise in my work.
Tell us the concept and inspiration behind your designs for Strut and Fibre? Your hero or inspiration.
My design is based on a technique that I developed in the last few years. I have always enjoyed taking form and then abstracting it and that is the case with my approach for Strut and Fibre. I have drawn the word ‘hello’ quite simply out of lines but then made it abstract by merging it into the background. The aim with it as with a lot of my work is to ask the viewer to look at something they are familiar with in a different way.
What do you see as the power of print?
I think because of the way things have gone with so much design created for digital use now beautiful print has become more desirable than ever. Using beautiful stock and print finishes creates an object that people want to touch and feel and that is something that the digital will never be able to do.
Describe your typical working day?
I usually work from around 8 until 6 but sometimes later depending on what deadlines I have to meet. I work from home so my day gets broken up by various things such as helping out with the kids sporadically and things like that but generally I am quite disciplined with the hours I do. Early on in my career I would often stay up all night working on projects but since I have had kids my days have had to be more structured.
What advice would you offer an aspiring creative?
‘Keep at it’. It took me two or three years to get enough work to support myself after I left University. It is very easy to walk away and go into a different field if things aren’t going well but I think if you are willing to work hard and keep going then you’ll find a route into design.
What’s been your favourite project you’ve worked on recently?
I recently collaborated with the Karl Lagerfeld brand. It’s not out until next year so I can’t say much about it but my work will be applied to products so I’m excited to see my work used in that way.
Why should you own a good business card?
Because it’s representing you.
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