Meet the bright and beautiful Jacqueline Milton! Her exuberant patterns and colors have quickly won over the hearts of our Kess Inhouse staff! Jacqueline started at a young age by winning an art competition and having her artwork displayed in the reception area. Quickly her love for entering contests turned Jacqueline into a professional artist! Jacqueline takes her inspiration to paper by jotting down inspiration as it comes to her as well as small sketches! She puts all of these inspiration pieces and ideas into a scrap book and uses this as a reference for those days when she has "designer block". Jacqueline was gracious enough to answer a few Q&A with Kess as we were just dying to know more information about her process!
KIH: What is your first memory as an artist?
JM: I remember winning an art competition at school and having my picture displayed in the reception area (a proud moment). I used to love entering art competitions and making things.
KIH: What is your creative process?
JM: I’m constantly jotting down ideas, small sketches and collecting images. These all go into a scrap book and are particularly useful in times of ‘designers block’. Some of the ideas will be developed into more detailed pencil drawings and I will work out the repeat. It’s at this stage I decide which medium to use. Quite often it will be a black pen drawing, but I also enjoy working with paints or directly onto the computer. I don’t always get it right but if the design is worth pursuing, I will re-work it. Some of my larger work can take a week to finish and then I spend time adjusting the color combinations. I really enjoy my job!
KIH: What was your first medium?
JM: Probably lentils and glue!! Later progressing to poster paints.
KIH: What is your favorite medium?
JM:This is a difficult question because I like to experiment. I think it has to be acrylic paints, black pen and also the computer.
KIH: What is your favorite color?
JM: Blue - All Shades!
KIH: What are the common threads you find showing up in your artwork?
JM: Flowers and natural forms – I get a lot of inspiration from my garden. A recent interest is architecture – so watch this
KIH: Tell us about your first show!
JM:I exhibited at the NEC, Birminham with my greeting card company called Ferndown Studios. It was a very exciting time!
KIH: Where do you do most of your work?
JM: In my studio – sounds grand but it’s a converted garage! Very cosy with heating, music, good light, tea and biscuits (last 2 can help with the creative process).