Spotlight: Hattie Stewart


17 Jul 17

This month, Boxpark Croydon's trademark black and white look has been completely transformed by the vibrant colour splashes of Hattie Stewart's incredible doodlebomb-ing exhibition. Hattie's refreshing eye for redesigning and reimagining iconic magazine covers has garnered worldwide praise, including celebrated exhibitions in LA, London and Cologne. In recent years, Hattie's work was showcased as part of the 10th anniversary of the Apple Music Festival, and she has also provided original material for Mac cosmetics. We caught up with Hattie to find out more about her creative process, her inspirations and her up and coming projects.

Tell us who you are and what you do.

I'm Hattie Stewart and I'm an illustrator and artist based in East London. I draw playful tongue-in-cheek characters and have a penchant for drawing over magazine covers.

What was it that originally drew you to the doodlebomb-ing style that features in some of your work?

Boredom at first which turned into passion. I'm intrigued by the manipulation of imagery and how my characters and styling's can create alternate realities. I am still learning about my own fascination with this medium and am continually exploring it's style and application.

Can you talk a bit about the inspirations behind your current exhibition at Boxpark Croydon?

I had the freedom to exhibit a selection of artworks of my choice and knew that the covers would work well in this environment, with Boxpark being a more commercial space. I recently had some free time to explore some more illustrated covers which has been a very rare occurrence these past couple of years, and I was grateful for the opportunity!

Talk us through your creative process.

I just get on and do - my output is entirely dependant on my mood. I can go days or weeks without drawing but I'm always thinking of what is next, then I'll have a few weeks of creative output that visually keeps me stimulated for a time before boredom seeps in again. A process is hard to define; whenever I try to work one out or give myself a routine the pressure to maintain saps the energy out of me so I roll with my mood to be honest.

You have other campaigns and exhibitions running at the moment. Can you tell us a little more about those?

I have a new sticker book coming out very soon with Laurence King Publishing that I'm looking forward to sharing, and a new exhibition coming up at Beach London on the 10 August. It's gonna be a fun couple of months.

What does the rest of 2017 have in store for you?

I'm not sure yet. I've recently changed course, focusing on my own work more rather than commercial so this is a rather interesting transition period for me.

Finally, what was the last song you listened to?

Frank Ocean - Pink + White