Celebrating women and their friendships, bodies and support of one another, it is seriously impossible to choose just one piece from our latest art crush – Brisbane stallholder, Constanza. Originally from Chile but working from her home on the Gold Coast, Constanza’s illustrations beam with bright colours and girl power! As we countdown to Finders Keepers Brisbane we chat with Constanza on the joy in being a female artist and how collaboration has become a huge part of her business.
Talk us through a typical day in the life of Constanza Illustrates. Do you work full time on your business? Do you have a studio or do you work from home?
I work from home as this recently became my full-time job! A typical day for me starts with coffee (at the local coffee shops in Cabarita), then I check emails and make a to-do list for the day. Most of my work is on my iPad, but I also jump on Pinterest and Instagram a lot for research – and procrastination!
We love the collaboration you did with fellow stallholder Eunoia Soul Rituals. Can you tell us what you love most about collaboration and why it’s so important to you?
Eunoia was one of my first projects as an illustrator and Jackie, the owner, is the best. She trusted me 100% with the project and gave me a lot of freedom. On top of that, her products are beautiful and I love what her brand stands for.
What inspires you most about women and diversity, and what drew you to start drawing your female figures?
I always loved to draw women because of how diverse and dynamic women are, from their different shapes to colors to fashion, there is so much you can play with and experiment with!
Since I started drawing I have always loved to draw women because of how diverse and dynamic they are, from their different shapes and colours to their amazing fashion. There is so much you can play with, and experiment with! I think women’s bodies are all beautiful in their own way, and that’s what I try to show in my illustrations.
Can you share what you love most about being a female artist? What is your proudest moment to date?
What I love most about being a female artist is the support and love from other female artists and entrepreneurs. Now with social media, you can find so much support and advice from fellow artists – it’s really empowering. My proudest moment to date is being part of the Frankie Calendar 2020!
What are you most looking forward to about being a part of Brisbane Finders Keepers and what can our market-goers expect to discover at your stall?
I’m looking forward to meeting all the people who support my work and also meeting fellow artists and entrepreneurs, so they can share some of their experiences. Market-goers can definitely expect a lot of colorful illustrations, some beautiful greeting cards and happy smiles from me!