1) Your Kickstarter Campaign for Alykat Creative was a total success! What was going through your mind as you reached your funding goal?
Alyson: Considering I didn't think I would even reach the goal within the month and ended up exceeding it within the first 24 hours, I was in shock with excitement! The adrenaline was pumping those first few days, in fact it was the whole month the campaign was live! I wrote a blog post about the campaign in more detail here, fittingly titled ''Kicking A***''.
2) How did your move from Melbourne to London affect you creatively?
Alyson: It actually stopped me in my tracks. I was going through quite a big life change in moving here all by myself at 29 and I didn't have a job, a flat or a clue, let alone creative ideas or material to produce anything! It took close to a year until I had to really force myself to break the dry streak.
3) What does your creative process involve?
Alyson: I usually have an idea of what I want to draw. Then I source inspiration and reference images, print them out and use my light box to draw lots of separate bits and pieces with pen, then watercolour. Scan everything in and start layering it all and creating scenes with textures, photos and in Photoshop.
4) At what time of day are you the most productive?
Alyson: Hmm. Lately I've been pretty hangover-free on the weekends and have been really appreciating the early-ish starts on a Saturday or Sunday. You can just cram so much in when you start earlier! Though don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of the 6am starts I have to do during the week!
5) Do you have a favourite out of your three series: Animal, Escape from the Circus and Stardust?
Alyson: They all represent different times in my life and creative journey, so that's a tough one. I think my transition from the first Animal series to Escape from the Circus shows a turning point when I started telling more of a story, rather than just trying to make something look aesthetically pleasing.
Alyson: It's a bit of a tie between my experience of Melbourne's Supergraph Print Fair where I held my first ever stall and sold out of prints and did surprisingly well, and the Kickstarter campaign. Both highlights of my life in general really.
7) Finally, do you have an 'end goal' in mind for your career?
Alyson: Well where I am now, teaching at a design college, had been my goal for quite a while, so I'm still letting that one sink in, but down the track in an ideal world, I'd love to be teaching design part-time to aboriginal artists in Australia and focussing on creating new Alykat work. Yeah, that'd be pretty awesome.
It's so inspiring to see somebody following their dreams and achieving so much alone. Alyson's move of location, career and pretty much everything else, has brought about something fascinating and special. One thing is for certain, her work is entirely unique - and besides sparkly heeled jelly sandals for the beach, what could possibly be better than that?!With love,
Note: I was gifted all artwork shown for the purpose of the post, however all opinions are my own.