Tell us about your brand.
My name is Jane, I'm an architect, an educator, a swimmer and an illustrator. I make illustrations of my neighbourhood that remind us of those little moments in life. I live in Bronte, not too far from the ocean and Sydney's unique and beautiful rock pools which are the inspiration for my prints.
How did you end up being an architect, an educator and an artist?
Oh, it just happened, I didn’t plan any of it! I’m an architect but I’ve always loved art and always enjoyed drawing and doodling and creating as far as I can remember. I started exploring digital illustrations a few years ago and for me, it reinvented the way traditional methods like screen printing could be used by allowing me to combine it with my architectural drafting skills. I was educated at an art school in Kent, England, by the most amazing, talented teachers and they inspired me to give back and to teach. It's fantastic to watch students come in a little bit anxious and unsure of themselves and then go away with these amazing new skills and confidence to move on in their lives with something that they're inspired by and have a passion for.
How did your brand, popaboutdesign, come about?
popaboutdesign is really about celebrating those little moments in life. It's so easy to get caught up in our routine, and miss the beauty in the everyday. We often don't stop for that moment and see exactly what's around us. So, the idea is by framing scenes in the neighbourhood I can capture the unique and the extraordinary. We live in a world that’s worthy of celebration and wonder and I think that’s really worth looking after.
Tell us about your connection to Australia.
I've been living in Australia for about 20 years and the Opera House is just the ultimate building for me and I think for any architect. Anyone in the world can appreciate it. I first visited Australia as a backpacker on my own. When I first arrived, I got off the plane and on to the tourist bus and went straight to The Royal Botanic Gardens to do some sketching and have a look at the Opera House. I had been waiting so, so long to see it. It just pushes the boundaries of design and the whole story of Jørn Utzon and his sketch and not knowing how to build it... as an architect, I think it’s such a beautiful building and it’s core to our city.