We caught up with Nadia Flower aka @nadiaflowerdesign an amazing creative and mama of two gorgeous boys on how she got to be doing what she is doing and a few other topics too. If you aren't familiar with her work then click through to her Instagram feed here and you'll quickly realise she really knows how to draw! Read on to learn more about this super creative.
Your talent speaks for itself and our new collection is looking amazing thanks to your awesome illustrations!
Give us a little bit of background on how you got to be doing what you’re doing!
I’ve been freelancing for over 15 years now. I’ve drawn my whole life, and after doing my fine arts degree at Elam, I worked in a design firm then went to London and worked in the fashion industry there. At the same time I’ve always been proactive about connecting with brands and publications I really like, so I was also regularly doing freelance pieces for people all over the place. Shortly after coming back to NZ, I joined my current agent, who covers the UK, Europe and US, so I’ve continued to work internationally for a huge range of clients and I haven’t stopped since.
At what point in your life did you realise you had an amazing talent?
Ha funny, I’m not sure if I think I have a talent - it’s just what I truly love and have done daily since I was about 4 years old. However, some external validation often helps! I remember when I was working in London I got an interview with the creative director of Burberry at the time, Christopher Bailey. On the front of my CV I'd drawn a picture of girl in a classic Burberry scarf and I hand-stitched the scarf details into the paper, which apparently got their attention. He told me I had a talent and should be drawing for a living. I was in my early 20’s at the time and what he said was an extra motivation for me to pursue drawing as a career.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
I've just finished watching ‘The Defiant Ones’, a documentary on the careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. It was a great story as it traced their incredible separate careers from the beginning until they converged. It was really inspiring, especially for a creative type like me.
Who has impressed you the most with what they’ve accomplished?
So many impressive people in the world! Creatively, it's anyone who has a style completely unique to them. In the art world, one of my favourites is Kaws, he is exceptional in what he has achieved over the years. Other inspiring artists are people like Yayoi Kusama, still bending minds at nearly 90, and the street artist Futura, who's now in his 60s and still doing his thing. I hope that will be me one day!
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Try to go and hang out in Japan! It’s my favourite place in the world and it stays with you after you leave.
What do you hope never changes?
Oooh that’s a hard one as I think change is vital. I guess the only thing i can think of is that I hope there will always be shoestring fries in the world :)
What do you wish you knew more about?
Everthing, there is just so much to learn!
What collaboration have you been most proud of in your career so far?
I don’t really want to single out particular favourites as I work on so many different types of projects, but the best ones are always with a client or brand I like and who know what they want stylistically, and then who give me the freedom to realise that.
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