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I love what great design offers to storytelling.
Marketing & Communications Assistant
Amy Gardner maintained a steady creative practice while also working at Aesop for two years before joining the Shillington team as the Marketing and Communications Assistant in Sydney. With passion projects keeping her busy through the evenings and weekends, Amy specialises in bold, detailed illustrations executed in ballpoint pen or coloured pencil, alongside creative and non-fiction writing and traditional painting styles. She is beginning to incorporate a digital practice to broaden her creative toolkit. You can see her illustrated work on her website.
What do you love about design?
I love what great design offers to storytelling. This feeds elegantly into my exceptional nerdy love for print and digital publications as well as a good podcast.
In Australia, Dumbo Feather publish a sustainably-printed quarterly magazine centring on the stories of innovative individuals the world over. Head over and read their interviews or listen to their podcast.
Creative Pep Talk Podcast is an awesome example of a solo creative who has committed to building an epic illustrative and brand identity. It’s a super fun podcast, with a zingy, energetic vibe. It’s a great way to start the week or get you through a creative block.
For anyone seeking some cheeky DIY vibes, have a gander at this indie skate zine I fell in love with called The Skate Witches. They are a female run skateboarding zine coming out of the US. And here is the ridiculous original YouTube video that inspired it.
Tell us about your career outside of Shillington.
I’m an illustrator and artist in my own time, as well as a very sketchy skateboarder. Also, If you’re ever in Sydney, I’m always open to go for a skate!
What or who are you loving right now?
Kenny Pittock is a Melbourne based ceramicist and contemporary artist who is melding the mastery of pun-tastic humour with quirky award-winning art. Another fave is Doyenne Skateboards, a women-run skateboarding clothing company based in Glasgow. I managed to pick up some of their gear while I was visiting Scotland earlier in 2019. Also, I love the vibe of their recent 2019 collection lookbook.
What’s your favourite blog?
Freunde von Freunden, are a studio based in Berlin. Their blog features the work and living spaces of creative people all over the world, city by city. And of course I have to mention my fan girl love affair with the Shillington Blog.