How would you describe what you do?
I’m a graphic artist based in sunny Glasgow. I juggle running Risotto (a Risograph print specialist and stationery company) with various design commissions. These generally involve decorating objects and surfaces with colour, and playful patterns. Both strands are equally delightful but work across different aspects, outputs and processes.
Risotto was set up through my desire to have my own means of production. Being able to play and experiment first hand has been so influential to my design process and work. The Risograph is the perfect print machine as it encourages experimentation and quick outputs with a wonderfully limited ink spectrum. In parallel to this, we produce new product ranges each season. Being a print service has also allowed me to meet and work with a whole range of creatives, both locally and internationally.
Between days, I work on commissions or collaborations that have ranged from murals for Puma, T-shirt designs for Stussy and store art for Dr Martens. One of the largest commissions to date has been art directing a huge Indian folk art exhibition that launched in Tramway (one of the largest single galleries in Europe, approximately 1,011 square metres in size) last summer. The range of work keeps me on my toes, and the scale of outputs is really exciting.
What does a typical working day look like?
9am to 6pm, five days a week. I’m trying really hard to keep ‘regular and normal’ working hours. But when there is a deadline, or any big job, naturally this all goes out the window. Fighting my inbox is also where a lot of time can disappear, so I have a strict-ish rule of an hour a day maximum The rest of the time is filled with designing new products, the website, and generally growing and developing the studio. 50% is in front of the computer, and tea is a constant.