Julia Pott is a freelance illustrator and animator with a penchant for creatures – all sorts of wonderful creatures. Her whimsical work graces not just posters, CD covers and magazines, it also appears on a line of totes and t-shirts. We caught up with Julia in her Hackney flat and studio.
How long have you worked from home? I have been working from home since I graduated from Kingston in 2007. Home changes a lot though. At the moment I work from my house in Hackney but I have had a few homely work places in London and New York.
Describe your style? How would you define your aesthetic? I like to work mainly with mildly ridiculous anthropomorphic animals and their awkward relationships. I use them as a way of working out my own experiences with loved ones and enemies.
How do you keep your work space organized? Every few weeks or so I go a bit crazy with how many pencil sharpenings and pieces of random paper are accumulating all over the place and I have a huge reorganization. I have a few items on my desk that work both functionally and aesthetically, like pretty mugs for pens and tiny painted suitcases for receipts and staples. That way everything is hidden away but still accesible.
When you set up your home office what did you have to keep in mind? Were there any particular obstacles to overcome? I need to have a light box handy as I work as both an animator and illustrator so I managed to get a great desk from Ikea which has a built in light box which is a great space saver. As I also run an online shop out of my home studio I have a lot of storage for t-shirts, tote bags and prints, and try and make them as unobtrusive as possible.
Is there any piece of home office furniture you covet right now? As I’m becoming a bit of a slouchy old lady I really want one of those desk chairs that you sort of kneel on to help keep your back straight. They’re oddly expensive though!
What desk accessory can’t you do without? My giant mug of pens. I also just bought a huge wall planner from Crispin Finn which I love. It makes me feel very smugly organized.
What would you change about your work space? I think I would love to add an extra desk to keep my sewing machine and cutting board on. I would also love to have a desktop computer to work from instead of my laptop. As I am moving to New York next October I’ve been trying not to ‘nest’ too much in London and have forbidden myself from buying too much artwork or desk accessories. I know I want my New York studio to have wood floor and a lot of natural light through big windows. I want to have lots of art on the walls and antiques and trinkets around the studio for inspiration.
What inspires you? It changes from month to month. At the moment I love Pendleton patterns, Native American prints, landscape photography, Priit Parn’s animations and Looney Tunes. I find myself drawing a lot of elephants, wild boars and yeti’s at the moment too.