My Story

I am an illustrator, surface designer, and printmaker from Sydney, Australia. At university I studied mechanical engineering, and later a PhD in biomedical engineering. After completing my PhD, I spent a decade working mainly in the academic sector, and then… I had children. 

In 2014, I made a complete 180 degree career change after having my second daughter. I decided to follow my passion for illustration and printmaking, and Negin Designs (my third child) was born. I now design wallpapers and textiles for the interiors market specialising in bespoke large scale murals, depicting botanical paintings, birds and other animals. This year, I launched my first wallpaper and textile print collection, “Native Waltz”, with Sydney-based design studio Emily Ziz. The collection celebrates the unique beauty and diversity of Australian native flora and fauna with striking large scale murals all illustrated by hand.

Being a scientist, I take a very technical approach to my art making, I believe a deep understanding and knowledge of your subject matter are the key to a successful design. 

My Art Process

I always start with a pencil and a piece of paper. Some of my most successful ideas have come to fruition away from technology with only these two traditional resources.

I start with a rough sketch of my subject, and then refine with mostly ink or watercolour, but I dabble with a wide range of media. I prefer using a dip pen for inking as it gives the lines a depth of character that you just can’t accomplish using modern fine liners.

After all the “handy-work” is completed, I scan and digitise the artwork. The design is then finalised in either Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator (depending on the media used and the application).

I usually illustrate motifs and features of my designs separately and scan and digitise them separately; this allows for a fair bit of flexibility when working with technical repeats. Designing complex technical repeats is one of my expertise and I love the amount of maths that is often involved; keeps the engineer in me happy ;-)  

Exhibitions

"That was I, you heard last night." Direct-to-plate photopolymer etching, hand coloured. 30 x 28 cm. Natural Collection Artist Book. 

"That was I, you heard last night." Direct-to-plate photopolymer etching, hand coloured. 30 x 28 cm. Natural Collection Artist Book. 

Natural Collection: Artist Book July - September 2017
Artist book featuring the work of 29 Warringah Printmakers Studio artists
Venue: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly, NSW Australia

"Metropolis" June 15 - June 26 2016
Warringah Printmakers Group Exhibition
Venue: Art Space on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW Australia

Warringah Printmakers Studio Annual Exhibition
26th November - 6th December 2015
Warringah Creative Space, 105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl, NSW Australia