Creating playful, pastel homewares for Arro Home, collaborating with fashion label Gorman, as well as publishing two books, Melbourne designer and illustrator Beci Orpin will be hosting two Alice in Wonderland art inspired workshops at The Blackman, these coming school holidays. In preparation for this enchanting affair, we asked Beci about her artistic style, staying inspired and encouraging creativity within children.
When did you know you wanted to make a career out of your artwork?
From a very early age I knew I wanted to draw for a living. After a few false starts into creative tertiary courses I finally settled in Textile Design at RMIT, which was the perfect course for me as it had strong drawing content and then combined that with design skills and practical applications like screen-printing and knitting. I love using all those things together.
How would you describe your artwork style?
It’s hard to describe your own work - but I think my work is more design than art. Graphic, colour-focused, patterned-based, feminine without being too girly, dream-like are all words that people have used before. I think they work.
Where do you draw your creative inspiration from?
Such a huge question to answer. Inspiration comes in various forms and often from places where I least likely expect. I think the most important thing is to be open to being inspired all the time.
Encouraging creativity stretches their brains even more (which is a good thing!).
What do you love most about the story of Alice in Wonderland?
I think I love the variety of characters - there are so many characters. And also that it is about a brave, adventurous girl. Lead female role models can be hard to find, and Alice is a pretty good one.
Why do you think it’s important to encourage creativity in children?
Of course, in my experience kids are naturally creative, so if you are able to increase that capability then it’s going to help them in all kinds of thinking. Encouraging creativity stretches their brains even more (which is a good thing!).
What’s your advice for young ones who would like to be a part of the art world?
Draw as much as possible and try as many different mediums as possible. Visit lots of exhibitions and have experiences which can inspire you. And develop your own style based around the things you love.
The two workshops will take place at The Blackman on Monday 21st of September and are for children aged 5 years and over to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Session one will go from 10am to midday and session two will go from 2-4pm. Tickets are $25 per person (a ticket must be purchased separately for children and parent/guardian). We’ll be donating $5 from every ticket to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
With thanks to the amazing team at The Jacky Winter Group for collaborating on this project.