Self-professed ‘professional doodler’ Hattie Stewart has quite some following. She’s adored by Dazed & Confused magazine and has already had collaborations with the likes of House of Holland, Luella, Brutus Trimfit and Tate Modern. Her bold use of colour and cheeky as they come illustrations have been creating a real stir. ArtRebels gets an exclusive interview with the British artist to find out more.
At what stage did you make the transition from amateur to professional doodler?
I guess when I received my first commission from Luella when I was in my first year of university. To me, I am an amateur professional. Professional because I know my style better than anyone else and know what I can do with it; Amateur because I still have so much to learn, how to get better not only stylistically but business-wise as well.
What’s your typical day like?
Check emails, make tea, doodle, doodle, draw, doodle, dance around my room a bit, pester my housemate, doodle, watch a movie, sleep. Pretty straight forward!
Your office is burning down – what do you save first?
I’ve always wondered this. Probably my sketchbooks. I essentially have 5. I use one a year and they are more like illustrated journals than sketchbooks. As they are in chronological order, they show me everything I’ve learnt and how my work has grown. They mean the world to me.
What’s your company’s earliest memory?
Probably of how unprofessional I was! During my first commission, I didn’t have a scanner so I took pictures on my phone of what I’d drawn and would text it to them!! You won’t catch me doing that now.
In your wildest dreams, where are you going to be in 5 years?
Living in my dream loft apartment, decorated head to toe in all the things I love. I have it all planned out, It will be a rainbow explosion.
You’re holding a dinner party and can invite 5 people – who’s coming (dead or alive)?
A carbon copy of myself! That would be weird but fascinating. My Granny Betty who’s stories I’ve heard from my Grandpa (she passed away when I was young but I always wished I could have met her.) Virginia Woolf, Dr Jane Goodall (who is a remarkable woman) and Rihanna.
If you could have a super hero power, what would it be?
I would love to fly!
Do you have any secret talents up your sleeve?
My sporting prowess!! I used to be sport mad in school. I was once scouted for the women’s English Rugby under-20 squad and was the captain of my College team. I also started the first girls football team at my Primary school. The competitive edge I learnt from sports has stuck with me to this day.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would you be up to?
Playing for England in the Women’s Rugby team! Actually that’s unlikely. Probably travelling the world – something that I still plan to do.
Find out more about Hattie on her website.
See her latest collaborative project with Brutus Trimfit: