Taking a Creative Path Into Illustration and Style
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Taking a Creative Path Into Illustration and Style

When acclaimed furniture store Jardan came calling, illustrator and interior stylist Alison Turnbull knew she was doing something right. Jardan was interested in collaborating on a range of gift cards. “It was very early on [in my career] and an amazing achievement to be included in such an iconic Melbourne brand,” she says. The final product was a wry series of five cards featuring Turnbull’s distinctive watercolours depicting a rainbow Paddle Pop, a VB stubbie, a bottle of champagne, a blue armchair and a quaint Victorian terrace, all rendered in her joyful style. “I love exploring what’s around me,” she says of the subjects. “I guess that’s a reflection of my graphic design background. I love objects.” Turnbull’s stroke of luck was built on years of hard work. After graduating from university with a graphic design degree, Turnbull landed a job at a large corporate firm. But she didn’t love the corporate environment, so she decided to go part-time while looking for something new. She’d toyed with the idea of pursuing architecture (“too rigid”) and interior design projects (“too long”) but felt at home as an interior stylist. It suited what she calls her “short attention span”. “I thought, […]

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