June 17, 2014
Based on the east coast of Australia, Katherine Hall, a contributing artist to the Pactimo Artist Series since 2012, is equal parts art director and surfer. She not only creates graphics and apparel for Australian surf brands Valla Surfboards and Sea Legged, but knows her way around a 9’4″ Donald Takayama ‘In The Pink’ nose-rider surfboard.
Recently, Katherine had the opportunity to speak with Josh Cook, Pactimo’s Retail Brand Manager:
How did you first discover your love for art?
I’ve always loved drawing and design, for as long as I can remember. When I was 8 years old my friends and I formed a Snoopy club where we basically just read ‘Peanuts’ and drew our own version of the comic strip. By age 9 I had decided I wanted to be a graphic designer… and the rest, they say, is history.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
For drawing, at the moment it’s brush and ink, but I’m also very fond of fineline pen. I’ve also been getting back to painting recently, using acrylic and gouache on plywood.
Where do you derive your inspiration from? What is your most unusual source of inspiration?
A lot of it is just a result of years of absorbing everything and anything—from the work of great designers through to watching the sun rise over the ocean when I’m out surfing. As for the most unusual source: If I’m completely honest I’d have to say it’s being in the bathroom… but that perhaps has more to do with being in a quiet place by myself than anything else!
What artists have influenced your style/expression the most?
At the moment I’m really into more geometric art, like the work of Josef Albers and fellow Aussie Esther Stewart. I also love typographic and signwriting/commercial art by people like Jeff Canham and Margaret Kilgallen, and the bold cut-out/collage work of Paul Rand and Henri Matisse.
What is your favorite color right now?
It was, is, and always will be Pantone® Warm Red.
If you could hang out with one person in history present or past, who would it be?
After thinking long and hard, I’d have to say my Grandad. I would have loved for him to have met my children.
Where do you show your work currently?
As I spend the majority of my time working as a graphic designer, my work appears all over the place. Some recent projects are on my company blog designandopinion.blogspot.com. My drawings can be found at drawn-lines.blogspot.com and in various other places around the interwebs (I’m always surprised at where they pop up!). And at the moment my paintings can be found all around my studio at home.
Who is your favorite contemporary artist?
My good friend Wendy Abel Campbell. Her work has a similar aesthetic to mine (at least that’s what I tell myself), only it’s much, much better! Her website is wendyabelcampbell.com
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Katherine Hall is the director of Design & Opinion, a visual consultancy specializing in editorial design, brand strategy and design education. Her clients range from major metropolitan newspapers, business journals, commercial publishers, executive search firms, banks, social change organisations, charities and universities, to solo enterprises. You can learn more at www.designandopinion.com
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