Our next artist in The Australian Invasion Series is a face familiar to AnyForty fans, Purdi Petunia; a Melbourne born artist who now resides in East London, and is the lady behind the brilliant sold out Sailor girl tee from our Versus 3 range. She’s worked with fellow Australian and London based photographer Nick Delaney on her new design.
Who is Purdi Petunia, to those who don’t know you? I’m a designer by day, and an illustrator by night. I’m a Melburnian living in London who has to have a coffee in the morning before I can talk to anyone – probably the typical brooding artist with a commercial edge.
What do you think of the Australian illustration scene compared to the rest of the world? What happens in Australia seems foreign to me now. When I lived there I felt quite restricted, hence the move. Now I have the best of both worlds, as I can share my own Australian-ism with the rest of the world.
How would you describe your style? Eclectic and quirky, but sometimes simple and sophisticated. Luckily, being creative runs in the family, and after all my schooling and subsequent work, I’ve got loads of skills that I can use across whatever style I feel like doing. I’m always told I should have one style, but that would make me feel like I’ve got my hands tied behind my back.
What do you know about the UK in general? I’m pretty well versed with what goes on in the UK, since I’ve lived here for 7 years. I literally threw myself in at the deep end over here, but luckily the British love the work ethic of Aussies, so I’ve had no trouble getting known. The Brits are also very up for networking online and with the popularity of Facebook , Twitter etc. over the last couple of years, finding out what’s happening in the art world is super easy here.
Tell us about your time in the UK and a memorable experience you have had? Living over here has been full of amazing opportunities, ups and downs, and has allowed me to make myself a better creative, and my own person! I’ve been able to work in studios, on projects and with people that would never have been possible if I’d stayed at home. The best experience for me is being able to visit people who’ve always inspired me. Last year, at the kid robot store in Covent Garden I got to meet Gary Basemen. He’s one of my favourite illustrators. I’ve always loved his work and style.