Meet The Maker: Jamila Walker
Jamila Walker is a Midlands based artist. Jamila creates candid work, from a vibrant palette of ideas, using various textures and colour. She also focuses on digital manipulation and mixed media, including digital illustration.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
I am well thank you. I felt a little cold this morning, but took some paracetamol! I walked in the sunshine and did a little yoga, so I am feeling a little more empowered and healthy. I shall be doing some admin later, hugging the radiator!
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I did a fine art photography degree, and graduated in 2001. I fell into arts for health work, through a very a supportive friend who was a community development worker for the NHS in 2008. I am a jack of all trades, doing community work, commissions, exhibiting and teaching. My practice is digital photo montage and illustration. However, I run photography, craft and drawing workshops and projects!
How has your creative process changed since the start?
I am trying to treat my day in a more 9-5 way and avoid working weekends or after 7pm. I’ve found when I stick to this it's better for my general wellbeing. I make myself do a self determined creative project regularly, even if I don't feel like it!
I read that you shouldn't let yourself get into a creative 'block' as this is your job, so get on with it, throw the work away if you don't like it, or edit, but get on with it! This has helped me. I no longer have a non creative job, so the decision to be solely freelance has made me work even harder.
How did you manage to learn and hone your craft?
I visit galleries, read blogs and art books, attend workshops and talk to friends about our practices. I try and keep my ear to ground, so I can cherry pick the things that interest me and edit them to work for me.
Have you always been into craft and design?
Yes, it's a fun way to communicate to the work, without having to talk and perhaps 'expose' myself in way I am not always confident doing.
If there were no resource restraints, what would be your dream project?
A huge coffee table, which is a book of my work.
What equipment do you use for your work?
My computer and my dreams!
What tools or materials could you not live without?
My computer and WI-FI. I definitely couldn’t live without this.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
It has recently! I have decided to embrace and take it more seriously. I have also met some wonderful people through it.
Who inspires your work?
Overheard conversations, films, my family, travel and dreams.
Do you have any favourite pieces of work that you adore at the moment from your shop
Perhaps the most colourful recent piece! It makes very happy when people like me work, especially my husband. He is talented musician and visual artist. I really value his support and opinions.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram and your work?
More colour and variety of materials!
What are you currently working on?
Proposals and digital illustrations.
What’s your typical working day?
Admin 2-4 hours, making new work and meetings 1- 2 hours. It’s a very busy day.
What’s been the biggest struggle in getting your business off the ground?
Feeling like the market is crowded and standing out!
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Keep making work, every day.
You can follow Jamila on Facebook ‘https://www.facebook.com/'Jamila.Visual.Artist/‘, Instagram ‘