Bianca Green Interview 2016
With her beautiful new designs now available at caseable, isn’t it about time we caught up with the ever inspiring Bianca Green? A born maker, she’s been collaging, drawing, and sewing since she can remember and describes herself as a 'colour addict'. Looking at her studio, it’s not hard to see why. In this interview, Bianca shares with us what she’s learnt over the years as a full time artist and offers her advice to all aspiring creatives out there… Enjoy!
Your career as an artist started rather untraditionally, after working a few years in the corporate music industry. Would you say any of your past experiences prepared you for your life as an artist today?
Not really. Working for the music industry was a long time ago, and a closed chapter of my life. Being a full time, self-employed artist today is so completely different, it's a whole new world. Being my own boss, working as much (or as little) as I wish each day, the freedom of being my own manager - it's priceless. I have always had creative jobs. So the act of being creative has not changed much, I just added a whole lot more of myself to it.
So what does being an artist mean to you? Give us a brief breakdown of what a typical day is like as Bianca Green the artist?
Believe it or not, most of the day I spend on the computer reading contracts, terms and conditions and a lot of emails. When I feel inspired and want to create, I have to stop being a business woman and be an artist. And when I do have those creative days, they are the best. I try to avoid any distractions, make sure I have good food at home, drink lots of tea and turn on some good music.
Your work is so whimsical, colorful and uplifting. Tell us more about your patterns - how do you constantly come up with new patterns that are distinctively Bianca Green?
Thank you! I travel a lot and enjoy living, and with that comes a lot of inspiration. So my ideas and visions keep changing and adapting. But the core of me and the person I am is always the same. I guess that’s the mix of coming up with new things and still having your own style - your own signature. Even though I like it when people recognize my work and my style, I also like to surprise them (and myself) now and then by trying new things and different approaches. I am experimenting with linocut right now and it’s the opposite of what my work usually looks like. I normally like clean lines, clean backgrounds, and very structured compositions with lots of colors. But linocut is very different, and I am growing with it and loving it!
What’s the most stunningly colorful experience you’ve ever?
There have been quite a few I guess. But when I got back to creating, I was living in Uruguay and the Tristan Narvaja flea market was definitely an influential experience. It's a wild combination of sound, colors and shapes. You will see a one-hundred-year old camera next to a stand of juicy oranges. You will find beautifully hand illustrated magazines from the early 50s, and then someone selling breathtaking art nouveau furniture. It's one of my favorite places and it never fails to inspire me.
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Music and art are universal languages that unite people from all walks of life. Does music inspire your work? If yes, what music genre, album or artist is inspiring you right now?
Definitely! Music was my first love... Even though I stopped working in the music industry, I never lost my passion and interest. I couldn't even imagine getting creative without any sound. I am currently very much into Indie stuff like Local Natives, The National, The Head and the Heart, John Mayer, to name a few. But I also enjoy good Pop, Hip Hop, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Jazz and the big masters like Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. I’m an eclectic music addict!
What are your favorite materials to work with? What tools could you not work without, and why?
There are quite a few. I first started with pen and paper, later digitalizing my drawing with a tablet. I then moved towards paint and painted onto wooden boards. Then I started to weave, and I’m now exploring with linocut. Experimenting with new tools is the best! But right now I use fine liners, colored pencils, tablet pens, all kinds of paint brushes, tape, linocut knives, brayers, rulers, and a few weaving things that I can’t name - lol.
One of our customer’s all-time favorite designs is “Follow Your Own Path”. Can you tell us a little bit about the title of this piece and what it means to you?
I stumbled into being a full-time artist. Creating comes so naturally to me, there was never a beginning or an end - I simply always created. But once I realized that I am my truest self when I am allowed to be creative daily, and make a living with it, I noticed that no other path would have made me feel happier. Choosing to go a unique path will always provoke negative reactions in people. People will tell you it’s too risky, too unreal or that it wouldn’t be the smartest choice financially. But that’s when you go ahead and do it anyway. Because even if you fail, at least you tried it. And if it’s meant to be and everything works out, you will be rewarded with pure happiness - on your very own path, living your dream. So the vintage compass and that title of this design are just little reminders that we all have our own unique ways to go, and therefore can’t use blueprints or ask for too many directions. Just follow your heart.
In the bio on your homepage, you mention that after much travelling, you started to “create again and finally dared to call it art”. What do you think stopped you from calling it art before?
I never called it art because it was just something I have done my whole life. Since I was little I was collaging, drawing, painting and sewing. It was my “happy zone”. There then came a point when I started a career and worked a lot and had no time or energy to create. After a few years doing that, I started to become unhappy. So I quit it all. I left everything behind, traveled a lot, and eventually moved to Uruguay. Away from everything that I was used to, I took some time to simply be. And that’s when I started to be creative again, without an audience or any goal other than to make myself content. I was never able to value my own work, and it took so much courage to make it available to the public. But when I did, it changed everything! Especially my own perception of it.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to make a living from being an artist?
People often ask me for advice and want to know how I got here. But like I mentioned above, there is no blueprint for that, there are no secrets, there was nothing I actively did to get to where I am. I was simply doing what I love, and loving what I was doing. The rest just happened automatically. So my advice is to just be yourself, create from the heart and the rest will follow.
Photography: Cordula Schaefer