Hannah Waldron

Hannah Waldron

Hannah Waldron

I’m a little smitten by the works of Hannah Waldron, an illustrator from the UK who is currently experimenting with weaving, where she often explores the textures, patterns, forms and structures of her surroundings, and has an interest in the development of landscape over time.

I find that she has a personal pattern that peeks through in all her work – namely her love of lines and how she uses them to create visuals; and how natural it was for her to take her strengths and turn it into an art form through weaving as well.

I discovered her work through the latest issue of Wrap (one of my favorite magazines out there on illustration and creative culture), and I’d like to share a quote with you from her feature in the magazine:

[quote] People aren’t making their own objects so much these days, but creating is an inherent part of being human, so I think that in time where the dominant mode of making things is mass production, there will be a collective search for pieces that expresses different values. ~ Hannah Waldron [/quote]

You can pick up a copy of Wrap 8 over here, and find out more on Hannah Waldron’s work by heading over to her online portfolio.

What does being an artist mean to you?

For the longest time I had trouble identifying with the label of an artist.

It was difficult for me. When I had a brush in my hand, I was one. But when I put on my other various caps – writer, project manager, teacher – was I still considered an artist? I felt like I was juggling too many things at once to be able to catch a ball long enough that truly defined me as one. But as I struggled internally with the question, I finally realized something: being an artist isn’t a label. It’s what you do that truly counts.

Being an artist means putting your best feet forward everyday and to create things that makes a difference; whether that difference is for you, or for others.  That’s what being an artist means to me. Being able to bare your soul for others to pick at, not knowing what brickbats will befall you as you put your work out there.  That’s what being an artist means to me. Being unsure if what you do will resonate with others, but you need to say something all the same. That’s what being an artist means to me. People who have a fear of the unknown, but who are willing to take a chance – to jump in to do the work anyway. That’s what being an artist means to me.

So while I may not fit in the conventional role of being a visual artist, I think of this website, this blog – as my own personal space where I am able to create; just like artists who need a studio, a long worktable and glorious paint – all I need is my laptop, a space and undivided time to call my own, and my trusty computer (an empty notepad will suffice too).

I’m still not sure if I can be called an artist. All I know is that I want my work to matter. My goal is to raise questions, and create an awareness about artists and illustrators and their amazing potential to create, and not just illustrate.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. ~ Edgar Degas

I have a long way to go (and I’m enjoying the ride so far), but here’s hoping I can make you see what I can see.


I’d love to know – what does being an artist means to you? Do you believe what you do is art? What’s your definition of it all?


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So you want to start a magazine? [YCN magazine review]

I remember the thrill of being a magazine editor, just before I left the publishing arena a little more than 6 years back. The seemingly never-ending work of changing paginations and shuffling of ad space to make everyone happy. The swoosh one feels as time ticked closer to signing-off time, and when deadlines were looming so quick the only way to slow down time was to focus on the task at hand.

So when I saw the first issue of YCN’s magazine – given out as part of a subscription in their latest new membership site, it brought back memories. Very specific memories of that harried time of printing presses and multiple edits.

The theme of their inaugural issue was about magazines – specifically, the publishing of independent titles. With a very meaty 10-point-plan into staking your very own corner in magazine publishing by none other than Jeremy Leslie (who runs the fabulous Magculture blog), the magazine is off to a sprinting start. This is then followed closely by a look at some independent publishers (I was thrilled to see some of my favorites like Wrap, Oh Comely and Anorak profiled), along with words of wisdom garnered along their journey; and as their spotlight into magazine publishing progressed, a couple more articles on the oftentimes perilous world of publishing wrapped it all up thoughtfully.

The magazine then moves on to profile some interesting individuals and their enterprises – with a firm nod to beginnings. I particularly enjoyed the article on Charles Olive who designed his first tie collection with Microsoft Excel (because he didn’t know how to do it any other way.)

A section dedicated to travel is in the magazine’s second section (there’s 4 main ones altogether), where the focus is on Antwerp, Belgium. The third opens up to various writings on tech, sports, food, travel, an in-depth interview and miscellaneous musings in between. The last chapter is a showcase of talent recommended by the contributors themselves, and runs gamut from photographers, illustrators and artists.

What made YCN’s magazine special was the extended features that made up a big chunk of the first half of the magazine. It was helpful enough for anyone who wanted to break into the magazine publishing industry, and shared enough advice from others who came out the other end triumphant; all the while without being dry or condescending.

What I look for in a magazine comes down to whether or not I was being entertained and enlightened at the end of it – and YCN has certainly managed to surprise and delight with a broad enough range of topics that served to inspire. A strong beginning indeed for what’s to come, and I can’t wait till the next issue rolls off the press.

You can get your subscription of the quarterly magazine, bundled with their Super Membership over here.


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[Images from YCN’s website]
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