Introducing: Hilary Yafai
Updated: Nov 17
Hilary Yafai is based in the beautiful Lake District, and is one of the 5 new artists joining Wraptious this Autumn. Why not take a look at her designs on her Wraptious page?
In the meantime, here's a little more about Hilary and her work!
How long have you been creating art?
I’ve always been drawing and painting, I had already decided at the age of about 10 years old what I wanted to do, and that was to go to art college, and so I did!
After finishing my degree in surface pattern I have held various positions such as ceramic designer, interior designer and worked as a greetings designer for a publishing house. I’ve been working for myself for the last 15 years or so.
What inspired your designs?
My designs for the Wraptious competition were inspired by the love for where I live.
During lockdown I really wanted to focus on my home ground and where I grew up, here in the Lake District. These designs stem from a nostalgic combination of nature, pattern and colour which I think is why they work so well.
How did you create your artwork?
These artworks are created digitally, they are built up in layers from sketches, patterns and textures. I really enjoyed designing them and will be doing more!
Where do you create your work?
I work from home in my studio, I’m so lucky to be able to do this! I can’t imagine living anywhere nicer, I can easily access the countryside and the estuary is just 5 minutes walk. I have a cat for company too, also known as the naughty tortie!
Where can we find more of your art?
I have many well known clients on my list including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Boots, Waterstones, Oxfam and currently have a few ranges of souvenir gifts in Harrods as well as many greetings card designs and gift wraps for sale in the US.
More of my work for licensing can be found at Rafaledesign.com and instagram @hilberrydesigns , as well as at Hilberry Designs on Facebook.
Which artists inspire you?
I am inspired by so many artists but the ones that spring to mind immediately are Jane Askey (wonderful artworks), Jane Ormes (printmaker) and Heather Day (abstract artist). I also love Angie Lewin’s work.
Name something creative you've done during lockdown
Just before lockdown I started on an abstract painting and mark making course which I loved as it was so free and so different to my usual digital work. Unfortunately it was cut short due to covid-19 but I absolutely loved the freedom expression so I continued to paint at home when time allowed. My style is so diverse, I just love to experiment!
What's your advice for emerging artists?
My advice for other artists would be -
1. Be true to yourself and don’t try to conform to what you think other people want to see!
2. Keep learning and experimenting. I am still learning and have been doing so for the last 30 years or so, there is so much to discover and the learning process never stops.
Don’t grow old - it’s a trap!