Meet the creator: Kerrie Hess
Kerrie Hess, renowned Fashion Illustrator recently created a beautiful, bespoke Parisian illustration exclusively for Westfield Carindale. We spoke to Kerrie about her career inspiration, highlights and challenges in the ever-evolving world of fashion and art.
Your illustrations are feminine, beautiful and timeless. What do you love most about creating fashion illustrations and what is it that you think attracts so many followers?
Thank you! I think for me it's just been a case of doing something that I truly love. It's been many years of this and I think perhaps those who are interested in my work have enjoyed the journey. Being authentic and honest is much more important than overthinking attracting followers.
With social media at our fingertips, we now have access to amazing fashion content. Where do you find your inspiration when you are working on a new project?
Yes, I love an inspiration fix from Instagram but I am inspired most by the little things in real life. Travel is the best for this! Seeing how other people live, and the beauty of other cultures. I was so inspired by all the details when I lived in Paris for example. When working on a new project, the most important thing for me is to be in a calm positive mood. Everything flows well from there! Coffee and chocolate help too.
You have collaborated with some of the most stylish and well-known brands in the world including Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Alexander McQueen. Who would you most like to work and collaborate with in the future?
Thank you yes, I feel so lucky to have been able to work with some of my favourite brands. I have some new things in the works with Maison Laduree in Paris, as well as one of my favourite Parisian hotels, and to be honest I generally love working on my own projects just as much as with luxury brands.
With any career, there are highs and lows. Did you face any challenges and how did you overcome these?
Of course, it's never all highs. Especially in the beginning! I would say that I did most jobs that came my way in the early days, (read years) some were high volume jobs that weren't terribly glamorous but those where the years that I really learned how do draw and paint confidently. That said, I really appreciate now being able to work only on projects that really feel right and align with my own brand.
You are a mum and you also have a successful career. How do you manage both and maintain balance?
Oh, I think it's one of those things where you can have it all but not at the same time. I am a firm believer that multitasking doesn't work so I try and really segment my time into one clear objective. If I am working, I am working and if I am with my son and having time in the park to eat ice cream and relax, then I generally don't look at my phone or think about work. One thing at a time for me is the best way to find some sort of balance.
Do you have a favourite piece that you are most proud of?
Probably the original canvas that I did last year, 'The Eyes'. It went online in my Originals Gallery and over 350 people emailed in the hour that it went live to buy this piece. It sold in the first few minutes of being available and it was an emotional one to say goodbye to as I had honestly thought I would be happy to keep it for myself if no one had wanted to buy it! But there are always new pieces to do. That is the lovely thing about being creative. Onwards and new projects.
What can we expect to see from Kerrie Hess over the coming months? Do you have any exciting plans you are able to reveal?
I am travelling to Paris in late August to work on two very special projects! I look forward to sharing that when I can! For now, I have a new set of prints in my print shop that have just released (www.kerriehess.com.au) and two solo exhibitions of original works this year at Langham Hotels. The first one in Melbourne is this month and the second is in late October in Sydney.
See the exclusive piece by Kerrie Hess at the entrance to the Centre from the Red car park, near Valet.