Monday, 1 July 2013

July Artist in a Window Interview Bhabhinder Kaur Gill

 Julys Studio 61 Gallery artist in a window is Bhabhinder Kaur Gill  we caught up with her to find out more about her background and influences.

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Bhabhinder Kaur Gill, I live in Derby.  Was born in West London but moved to Derby with the family many years ago.  I’m 30 year old. 
 I love tea, Ferrero Rocher chocolates, baking cakes and running.   
In January 2013 I set up self employed making handbags and home accessories.  I also write for an online blog Crave Handmade.   
Why do you do what you do?
I love making textiles pieces and enjoy the creative process.  It’s an amazing feeling seeing my sketches and samples as finished products. 

How do you work?
Work from memories and nostalgia.  Look at current trends and colour palettes and mix it all together to create a mocktail of design. 

What’s your background?
I always enjoyed drawing, sewing and being creative.  I remember when I was young how colouring books were the best pass time.  Also At primary school I made a textile pouch out of felt with blanket stitching to hold it together, with chain stitch and a bead to decorate it. 
I studied GNVQ Art and Design at college and then graduated in 2006 from Birmingham City University in Textiles Design Embroidery. 
I completed a short work placement at Brooklyn Bow in Coventry.   Some of my work was published in the Progressive greeting trade magazine few years ago. 

What themes do you pursue?
Nature, wildlife, animals, florals and the polka dots. 
What research do you do?

Trend research online looking at fabrics and colour palettes and trend magazines. 

What’s your favourite artwork?
So many too choose from but a few, Viv Silwka aka Hens Teeth she makes quirky handmade art and accessories.  With a whimsical feel that makes you smile.  Cath Kidston –love the florals and polka dot in her works.  Claude Monet-Water lilies and the water lily pond.  Also Inkquisitive-Amandeep Singh artist/graphic illustrator. His work is amazing, I love Pink Delight-Golden temple. A magical place of worship captured beautifully.  

 What jobs have you done other than being an artist? 
I worked in retail for many years.  Then as a visual merchandiser at Bhs and a merchandiser at Asda –CPM on music and dvds department. 

Favourite or most inspirational place?
Everything around me inspires, may it be the cobbled streets in Paris and the coffee shops.  The ambience around the Sacre Coeur-Paris the corner shops from my childhood in West London.  Architecture is fascinating. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Someone once said, “Never give up, keep knocking on those doors.”

Julys main exhibition is 'Wish You Were here' Karina Goodman and Friends of Studio 61 display a collection of Cornish inspired works.