The picker of the coffee beans is the first to touch the bean, to actually experience it. To feel each coffee bean with his fingers, picking the ripe and holding them in the palm of the hand. To feel their shape, their perfect imperfections. To touch their surface, glide through them. And feel this charming fruit of nature.
Artist Chloe Joyce drew her inspiration for her COFFEE ART CALENDAR 2018 artwork with the theme "The Picker" from Indonesia, where she was enchanted by the contrast of heat and lushness of the fields and the gentle and laid back nature of the people. Chloe is a Sydney based pun enthusiast, graphic designer and illustrator who creates adorable, quirky funny characters both digitally and with her pencil. You can find all the lovely works available on prints and cards in her Etsy & Society6 shops.
Where do you live and work?
I live in the lovely suburb of Newtown in Sydney Australia where I work part time as a graphic designer for a multi disciplinary firm with a main focus on creating graphic and marketing campaigns for our clients. I spend the rest on my time working as a freelance illustrator, working on various project such as bespoke illustrations for magazines, blogs, and collateral marketing material for various companies and brands as well as creating one off illustration commissions.
When in your life did you decide to follow your path as an artist?
I had been working in the fashion industry in sales and account management but always knew it wasn't for me. I was super restless and decided to go backpacking through Nepal. It was my first time travelling and it really opened me up to how small my world was and small I was making myself. I live in a country where we are afforded so many incredible opportunities and I realised I was passing it all up to be comfortable in a job that I was completely dispassionate about. So I came back home, enrolled in a design fundamentals course and that eventually led me back to my love of illustration.
What is your artistic background?
My sister is an incredible artist and we've always been super close so I think a lot of what I learned came from her. Especially when it came down to throwing away the rule book and doing what felt natural to me and carving out my own style and personality in my illustrations. I also studied at 'The Enmore Design Centre' and I’m so happy to have done that, as it has some of the most incredible and passionate teachers who really love what they do and have a practical and hands on approach to their teachings.
How would you describe your style?
Haha I'm terrible at answering this question when asked because I still don't really how how to describe it. I know what I want to achieve with it, which is just to make the world a little bit brighter or a bit lighter. I try and create a visual narrative so that when someone looks at it they know it and they get it and hopefully it makes them smile or feel melancholy or pine for something or someone. So um … I’m not sure, maybe a little bit romantic?
What is your daily routine like?
Coffee first, always coffee first … I'm not a functioning member of society until I get my double shot fix! Then there's a lot of not very glamorous business stuff like replying to emails, contacting distributors and retailers. Then some more coffee and I can finally settle into my beautiful little sunny plant filled studio that I share with my husband and work on my current projects.
How do you create your art?
There's never any one way that I approach work, I'm not an organised person so it doesn't make sense for me to take an organised approach. Sometimes I'll come up with an idea on the bus and I'll scribble it down or it could be in the middle of the night when I get up and I'll have to stay up the rest of the night trying to bring it to life. The one constant is, is that I do A LOT of roughs, and I'm not afraid for the start of an idea to look ugly, although I am always envious of illustrators whose roughs are neat and beautiful and clean. Most of the time mine look like I've done them with my left hand whilst blindfolded! Then I like to blast some 'Salt-N-Pepa' and get my painting on! All of my works are a mixture of mediums as I don't like to restrict myself, so I'll mess up my pretty little studio by sprawling out every single art supply I own and experimenting with what feels right for the piece and then I take it into the digital world where I finish it off with finer details and textures.
Where do you find inspiration?
Is it lame if I say everywhere? But I actually do. I grew up in a small coastal town so I love the beach (I'm a firm believer that there is nothing salt water can't fix) and I love nature and plants, they always feature heavily in my illustrations but also just people watching and being around family and friends and listening to their stories and experiences. But my number one source of inspiration is my imagination, I just like to draw things that I want to see or that I find nice and interesting and that make me happy.
If you could live in any time in history, when would that be? Why?
Take me back to the 90's girlfriend! Double denim all the way!
What was your first reaction when you were invited to contribute to the Coffee Art Calendar?
I was super pysched about it, I mean what not to be excited about! It's mixing my 2 great loves - illustration and coffee! I also really respect and love when companies collaborate with artists, I think it helps build a better platform for everyone involved and it's fun to join forces with people in industries that you wouldn't usually expect to work with and be able to look at a project from a different point of view and to meet people who are equally as passionate about what they do as I am about illustration.
Where did you get the idea for your artwork for the calendar?
I've done a bit of travelling around Indonesia and was able to visit a coffee plantation and meet some of the locals and the people that work there, so I was able to draw a lot of inspiration from that. While there I was really taken by the landscape and the people and wanted that to translate through my illustration. So I experimented a lot with colour to try capture the heat and lushness of the fields as well as the gentle, laid back nature of the people.
How would you describe your relationship with coffee?
We've been going steady for about 15 years now, I think it might be getting serious.
Where can one see your work on display?
The best place to check out my work would be my Instagram @chloejoyceillustrations but I also try and do exhibitions when I can and you can always find my illustrations on greeting cards across stores in Australia and in my Etsy shop which is a collaboration with some other great designers called 'The Coterie Collective'
Is there anything else you would like to share with people who will read this interview?
Just that I really hope you enjoy my illustration as much as I enjoyed creating it, like I said I just aim to try and make people smile with what I do and if I did that I'm happy.
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Website: Etsy, Society6
ABOUT THE COFFEE ART CALENDAR
The COFFEE ART CALENDAR 2018 is an ode to coffee that is told through graphic art. From January to December it unfolds the story of coffee from bean to cup, while sourcing inspiration from the mythology of coffee, its fair trade production, exploring its social aspects and the amazing effect that the aromatic drink has on us.
Each month is represented by a theme that is closely connected to coffee, starting with the berry and ending with evolution while the story is told by 12 aspiring graphic artists that each contributed a unique view on coffee. The variety of styles and interpretations created a visually rich selection of artwork that will perfectly blend on every background, be it in your kitchen, living room or coffee shop.
Each artwork was created exclusively for the calendar by the contributing artists. By purchasing the COFFEE ART CALENDAR 2018 you are supporting these 12 aspiring artists and sharing your passion for art and coffee.