Artist Spotlight: Kate Ferguson

Located in: Australia

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What inspired you to be an artist?

Definitely animation. When I was younger I literally refused to watch anything other than cartoons! If I wasn’t watching Care B
ears, Rainbow Brite, or Disney movies, I was drawing the characters and trying to recreate the sets with a shoebox. My mum would also make scrapbooks where she glued every birthday card since my brother and I were born – the ridiculously cute, kitschy illustrations on those cards still inspire me.
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Why do you think it is important for women artists to work together to help promote each other?

With many of us working freelance these days, it can be hard to meet other artists. Being part of a group of like-minded women from around the world is a huge privilege, and promoting each other creates a really supportive community that’s often missing in such a competitive industry.

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Who were your role models growing up?

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Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin – the fact that these creative geniuses are Australian makes me proud. I could watch their movies a hundred times and still be inspired! Every detail of their films, from the fashion, to the set design, to the music, is all so glamorous and vivid. It’s the ultimate eye candy to me.
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What medium do you prefer to work in and why?
As a graphic designer most of my work is digital. Lately I’ve been wanting to challenge myself, so I’ve been experimenting with fashion illustration using watercolours and goache.
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If you could give any piece of advice to young aspiring women artists, what would it be?
Don’t worry about what other people think of your art – as long as it makes you happy, keep doing it. After getting a really brutal rejection from an art director, I kept putting my work out there and landed an amazing client a week later. You can’t please everyone, but someone out there will love what you’re doing – you just have to find them!
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