FIRESTARTER


When I was about 16 I sent a bunch of drawings into Seventeen Magazine in the US and this one was published! ⁠

As part of the Artists in Business course I’m currently doing I’ve been revisiting my journey of making art and this memory came up. I was wondering how I’d be able to track it down as I couldn’t remember which issue it had been in and knew that my old magazine collection had been cleared out of my mom’s house long ago. ⁠

Well perhaps a week later this picture arrived in my facebook inbox! It was from a woman I didn’t know. As a teen, she had collected these drawings from the magazine that people had sent in, and had recently come across them in a notebook. She was curious to look up the names and she found me on facebook! So crazy!⁠

I used to draw dozens of these fashion girl characters only a couple centimeters tall. It was about the outfits, the hairstyles, the colours, the hobbies and how they all fit together. This girl was a futuristic, flying saucer riding, jumpsuit (and glove) wearing, badass red-head and reminds me of the Prodigy song ‘Firestarter’ which was in heavy rotation in my CD player at the time. ⁠

20 plus years later and I’m still compelled to create images of strong women and their outfits.⁠

What is your teenage connection to what you’re doing now? ⁠


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