Harriet Lee-Merrion

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Born: 1991, Sheffield, UK
Location: Bristol, UK
Education: First Class BA (hons) Illustration, Falmouth University

 

What’s your background and how did you get into illustration?

My parents met at art school in Sheffield in the 80’s, and that’s where my two brothers and I were born. Later we moved to the south of England and that’s where we grew up. Our family is creative, and I always enjoyed making things, so it seemed natural to study the arts at higher education. I was never sure that I would end up doing illustration, but I always felt that I would like to have a creative career path.

 

What drives you to create?

A great feeling when you have an idea and also the feeling of inertia if you don’t.

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Why is doing what you do important to you?

Making things and being creative feels like quite an integral part of my identity, and I would be unhappy if I didn’t.

 

What are your influences and how does it affect your work?

There’s so much in our cultural landscape to be inspired by. Nature, people, relationships and feelings influence my work.

 

Describe yourselves in 3 words.

Artistic, empathetic, introspective

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What are the pros and cons of living in Bristol?

Pro: It’s a creative, vibrant, diverse and multicultural!

Con: The air quality and pollution, but that’s the same in all cities.

 

Tell us something important you have learned.

To learn from your peers.

 

What’s your dream project?

I’ve always felt inspired by the Bauhaus view of the artist as a multifaceted designer. I’d love a project that spanned all mediums, from illustration to textiles, ceramics, architecture, product design, and not be restricted to the two dimensional format that I work in at the moment.

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What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Being in the countryside or the city, reading, learning, being with my friends and family.

 

If you had to choose a different profession, what would it be?

If I wasn’t an illustrator, I think I would work with textiles or perhaps something to do with literature.

 

What are your future plans?

To get better at what I do, and make more!

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