Ruby is a multi-disciplinary artist from Brisbane. She balances a university degree with a super active home art practice! Ruby really stood out to us for her beautiful illustration work and quirky sticker sets which are perfect to decorate your laptop case or pop onto a reusable drink bottle. Check out how she spends her time and what art and design mean to her in our lovely interview with her below.
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? My name’s Ruby and I’m a self taught artist, I work mostly digitally but I also like to embroider, sew and sometimes use clay and acrylic paint. I’m also at uni studying to become a graphic designer.
What kinds of ideas and things are you working on at the moment? Lately I’ve been putting a lot of work into new sticker designs. I’ve also been trying my hand at Lino block printing which has proven to be way more difficult than I thought, I’m still persisting though and hope to have a print out soon.
Please describe the space where you do most of your creating: I do basically all of my art in my shared study space. I pretty much live in there. I’ve filled all the walls with art by some of my favourite creatives. I also have lots of Frankie magazines and books to keep me nice and inspired.
Is your creative process rigid, fluid, sporadic? I’d say sporadic, I don’t put too much pressure on myself to make new things, I really wait until it feels right to create something. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by inspiration I feel like I could explode if I don’t make something immediately, but that really is a rarity.
What materials do you work with? All of my prints and stickers are made digitally but I tend to experiment with different materials when it comes to my brooches. For them I like to use clay, felt and wooden pieces that I paint over with acrylic paint.
Who are some other artists, crafts, creatives that you love? And why? There’s a Brisbane artist called Lemon Lines by Lib who does the cutest embroideries of little naked people, her style is so endearing, you can’t not fall in love.
Who would you have over for your ideal dinner party and what would you serve up? This is a hard question, I’d probably invite Aurora and I’m not the best cook so we’d probably just order Uber eats.
What is success to you and how do we measure the good we do? At the moment I don’t really have a measurement for my success. Because my business is still so small I get excited over tiny things like getting a new follower on Instagram. But if something obviously doesn’t go the way I planned (like a print doesn’t sell too well) I try my best to think it’s okay that it didn’t do well because chances are I learned something in the process and I probably had fun creating something new.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years time? In five years I’ll hopefully have finished my Bachelor of Creative Industries and be working as a graphic designer. I might still be selling my stuff but only time will tell.
You can find and follow Ruby here: @rubyandtheblowfish www.rubyandtheblowfish.bigcartel.com