Interview: Jessica Jenkinson
Jessica Jenkinson is an artist and designer. I was lucky enough to interview Jessica about her artwork and career plans.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Hi, thanks for having me! I good thank you.
Could you tell us a little about your background?
I have recently completed my A Levels; English Literature, History and Fine Art. I really enjoyed my a level study as my subjects linked in many ways. My art practise is predominatly fine art however I am now beginning to take a more textiles approach to ny work.
What first inspired you to start creating artwork? What drew you to art in particular?
From growing up in the Lake District, I was constantly surrounded by beautiful scenery. This is probably why I always use to draw/paint trees and mountains as a child. I was also interested in how I could create pieces that can convey a particular atmosphere
The idea that I could communicate through drawings rather than written text was what most appealed to me as a child.
What materials do you mostly use in your work?
Up until I began my foundation, I predominantly used oil paints and watercolours. However, now I am a lot more experimental with my materials and I tend to use anything that I think successfully works.
What inspires your creative process?
The work of contemporary artist and designers plays a huge role in my practise. I try to keep up to date with journals such as Selvedge, and I use them to influence and inspire my work.
My own experiences also inspire my work as I tend to create conceptual pieces based on my own experiences of a time/a place so I can further my understanding of them.
How has your creative process changed since you started art?
My creative process have evolved so much over the years. I am learning to not to be too precious with what I create and to embrace and learn from mistakes.
What would you say are the main characteristics of your work?
Probably my use of earthy tones and colours.
Where do you get the inspiration for your work from?
Mainly from my own experiences and my research into other contemporary artists and designer.
Are there any artists whose work you are particularly fond of and inspired by?
I really like Aiko Tezuka’s work; she skillfully unravels historical tapestry’s turning them into beautiful contemporary pieces. I really like how she uses history to prompt her practice.
Do you have a piece of artwork which you have done which is a particular favourite
My favourite work I’ve produced would be the study I produced based on my experiences in Tanzania. I created a body of work which explores particular elements of the country's society. I loved creating this project as it was very personal to me as I was reflecting on the month I spent in Tanzania with the charity Cumbria Rungwe Community Link. I produced a series of paintings exploring the uplifting outlook many people I met had.
Do you have a favourite art gallery which you would recommend?
My favourite gallery would definitely be the Metroplitan Museum of Art in New York. It has everything in from up and coming contemporary artists to classics such as Da vinci.
Have you got any exciting projects lined up or which you are working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a Hybrid project which is focused on the exploration between how two different materials can be combined.
What are your career plans?
I’ve still got three more years of education (maybe more if I do a masters) so I’m not too sure as of yet. I hope to get a career within the textiles. I’m planning on doing some internships during my summers to get a clearer idea of what I want to do.
Is social media an important platform for you as an artist?
I think social media is a great way to get my work out there and be in contact with other artists and designers. I suspect my social media platform will be increasingly more important as I develop my practise and start looking for work.
Do you have any advice to aspiring artists/illustrators?
I’d say just to create work you are passionate about and always try to push yourself out of your comfort zone as that’s often when you get the best results.
What’s the best piece of creative advice you have ever been given?
A tutor at my University told me “do what makes you scared."
You can follow Jessica on her Instagram account '@jessicajenkinson_art'. She is always posting wonderful artwork and paintings.