The wonderful Cassandra sets up our Rummages in Melbourne. She’s also an amazing artist, creating intricate artworks of mixed media. We managed to sit down with the busy lass herself and ask her all sorts of personal questions, because we’re nosy like that. One of the most important things we learned is that we’d love to be invited along to her ideal dinner party, because the guests are quite the combo!
Can you tell us a little bit about your sweet self? I am an Artist and Illustrator living in Melbourne’s inner North.
What do you like to do to keep your toes tapping and the neurons in your brain firing? i.e. What do you do in your spare time? Go to galleries and gigs. Make friends with local cats I find on the street and read lots of fiction!
Is your creative process rigid, fluid, sporadic? And how do you stay in the groove? I try to make it rigid by sticking to a time table but it still feels a bit sporadic. I try to go into my studio most days at the same time – some days are productive and some days just feel like long moments of procrastination until I get a wave of inspiration five minutes before I have to leave.
What are your hopes, dreams and fantasies? More worldwide travel, bigger art studio and holidays with friends and family.
What’s the best or the worst advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I’ve received in relation to being faced with a challenge is; “swim up to the wave, don’t run from it”. This is also good advice when you are in the ocean and you don’t want to get dumped.
Who would you have over for your ideal dinner party? Patti Smith, David Attenborough, Mark Mothersbaugh, Toni Morrison, Kate Bush, Romesh Ranganathan and Jon Stewart.
What do you like about working for Suitcase Rummage? I love the strong sense of community that the market has and the variety of innovative creations from many talented artists. It’s also a great way to meet creative people and find some cool threads that you didn’t know you were looking for.
What tips can you share about being aware of your impacts on the world? In my studio I keep an organised stash of recycled and reusable materials. My works are created by using bits of calico that I have painted so any fabric that doesn’t get used in a work is stored in colour coded boxes to reuse later for whatever artworks call for it. I also print all my greeting cards and art prints on recycled paper. We have a worm farm at my house and have been growing our own veg/herbs for a while… the worm farm has done so well we’ve started giving away some of our worm’s fertiliser.
Which artists/thinkers/creatives are you obsessed with at the moment? The author Zadie Smith is my all time favourite. She has a new book out and I am delaying buying it as I know I will read it quickly and then have to wait awhile again for her next one. After a recent trip to Japan, I have become re-obsessed with the early Japanese painter/printmaker Hokusai. And I also love the thoughtful, gentle and mediative film by Lynne Ramsay – Movern Caller.
What are your favourite things to do in your city? In summer, it is best to spend your days in Edinburgh gardens with a nice picnic and a few good friends. And winter is the time to sit near a fire place in a cosy pub with some mulled wine and local cats.
Where can we find your work?
Best place is my Instagram page @cassmanking
I also have a website www.cassandrakingillustration.com