Project M, also known as Emeline Tate-Robertson, is a highly regarded artist with a passion for color. Her details of shapes and colors makes her artwork not only beautiful to the eye but thoughtful especially since they are going on so many different types of products. Look at the rest of her artwork at kessinhouse.com and you will see what we mean when we say she is a talented artist.
Kess InHouse : Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get your start as an artist?
Project M : I have always been a creative person. After attending Art School in England I earned a degree at Fashion College. I then lived in London for ten years and worked as a Technical Designer in the Fashion Industry. In my spare time I liked to paint with acrylic on canvas. I started exhibiting my artwork in my own house. After a few successful and fun art shows I started exhibiting my art at other venues across London. I exhibited my paintings in trendy bars, restaurants and small gallery spaces in the East and West End of London. My paintings were even exhibited in Waterstones Bookshop at Piccadilly Circus.
In 2005 I moved to California where I was able to paint and create full time. Then in 2010 I decided to try Art Licensing and discovered I loved it. You can now find my art and designs on home wear, tech accessories, fashion and wallpaper.
KH : What is your first memory as an artist?
PM : I grew up on the South coast of England. When I was seven I won a painting competition in the local newspaper. I painted a play park scene and won a huge box of paints and other art supplies. I also have a fond memory of hiking up the South Downs with my art class as a teenager. We would then sketch and paint landscapes amongst the rolling green hills.
KH : What is your creative process?
PM : I look at my paintings or drawings as a starting point. Then I manipulate and simplify them on Photoshop to create my designs.
My heart designs first started out as heart shaped chocolates from Mendocino California. I then made handmade plaster casts of them and created many different types of 3D heart paintings. I then played with photographs of the heart paintings on Photoshop and created the designs that are now available at Kess InHouse.
The Pin Point designs started out as another one of my 3D paintings. This time made out of golf tees on peg board. This painting is now in a private collection in London. Even though this painting is not mine anymore I still have it in design form. Recently I have blended these two types of designs together mixing the hearts with the dots is now a new design at Kess InHouse.
KH : What is your favorite part of the creative process?
PM : I enjoy simplifying the shapes and playing with the colours. The colours are mathematically chosen so that the piece feels cohesive. It is not just a quick process as some may think. Instead it is a rather long and therapeutic method.
KH : What is your favorite piece? How did you develop the composition?
PM : My design “British Mosaic” is my favourite piece. This design was created after my last trip to the UK in 2013 when I visited the Natural History Museum. Instead of being inspired by one of the exhibits I was inspired by the mosaic flooring which is over one hundred years old. I photographed sections of the floor. Once I was home I drew it on my computer and created the design.
KH : What is your work space like?
PM : I used to have a studio and a fairly large workspace where I could paint and create. Right now I don’t need much workspace, as I prefer to draw most of my designs straight onto my Mac. I just have a large desk and my Mac, which is sufficient. I used to say I would never go digital, but I love how I can get my ideas and designs down quicker and slicker with my Mac.
KH : What inspires you?
PM : Lots of things inspire me. Things I see around me or sometimes stuff I come across on the Internet. Flicking through magazines or flyers also get the creative juices flowing. From time to time I look through my old sketchbooks from Art College and find little gems. There are so many things that inspire me. I never run out of ideas or inspiration.
KH : What artists inspire you to create your artwork?
PM : There are so many. I love the designers Orla Kiely and Marimekko. But my favourite artists have to be Damien Hirst, Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Warhol. All of them are very bold with their artwork and designs which is what I strive to be like.
KH : What are your top 5 favorite products offered by Kess Inhouse for your artwork?
PM : I love seeing my designs on the rugs, shower curtains, duvets, pillows and blankets. I have a few blankets myself and I find them very soft and snuggly. The fleece duvet is also a personal favourite. I was pleasantly surprised how lovely it was and that it feels like soft velvet.
KH : How did you find Kess Inhouse?
PM : I knew one of the founding artists. As soon as I saw her work on Kess InHouse I knew straight away that I wanted to be part of the brand.
KH : Would you recommend Kess Inhouse to other artists?
PM : Yes I would definitely recommend Kess InHouse to fellow artists. It is so nice to see your work other than a flat surface. Art is meant to be fun and I love how it can be enjoyed as home wear and other products.
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