Come Together, Francesca Tiley
Hi Francesca, could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a British Mexican illustrator from London. After studying illustration at Brighton University in 2016, I began an internship at Print Club London which started my career in illustration and art tutoring. I create colourful and bold designs, often with an uplifting and human message.
What - or who - influences your creative style and ethos?
My Mexican heritage has definitely had an influence on my aesthetic. I spent a lot of time in Mexico growing up and was always amazed by the colourful foods, objects and paintings you find in markets there. There is also a lot of sign painting and this is where my interest in handmade letterforms stems from.
What is your biggest art pet peeve, and why?
Overused phrases and styles.
What are you most excited about at the moment?
I'm starting to explore new themes in my work and am looking forward to see how they may or may not influence my aesthetic.
Talk us through your design process, from the initial idea to finished piece.
It's an intuitive process and so changes from project to project. I usually start with some sketches to plot out the design and concept. I then consider the best medium for the piece - whether this be a screen print, textile banner or digital image. My day is then spent drawing images to be scanned into Photoshop and played around with, or cutting up bits of material and paper.
Let’s talk more about A Decade of Change. What drew you to collaborate with us on this project?
We live in fast changing and uncertain times. A Decade of Change promotes us to be conscious with our thoughts and actions, which is of utmost importance if we wish to build a better future. I also love Evermade's designs so was really excited to join you on a new project!
What’s the message behind your piece in the collection, and what does it mean to you? What would you like to change over the new decade?
'Come Together' celebrates the importance of acting as a unified world. This refers to all people, animals and plants acting as one ecosystem that is dependant on each other.
What is something that we wouldn’t know about you?
I really love dancing!
Lastly, if you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To be able to stop and start time...so that I can catch up on all the projects I never completed!
Find Francesca's piece in the A Decade of Change collection here.