Friday, 13 April 2012

Chit-chatting with Rory Dobner

British artist Rory Dobner has carried a sketchbook with him since the age of 14. It’s here he has scribbled down ink drawings of his surroundings, and when the notebooks are full, they begin to tell their own narrative.

Rory studied at both Chelsea School of Art and Design and Central St. Martin’s where he developed this narrative further – devising a strong signature style of inky, intricate drawings with a humourous slant. The etchings themselves, have since adorned everything from ceramics – such as his beautiful monogram tiles - and sheet metal, to even being timelessly captured in tattoos. We caught up with Rory to find out a little more about his work, and to tap into the secret behind his flourishing success.

When and why did you decide to be a designer?

From being pint-sized and drawing on my dad’s cherished Herbie Volkswagen Beetle with a compass.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Mainly in the natural world and history books.

What aspect of your work gives you the most pleasure?

Putting ink to paper.

When are you most creative?

The witching hour.

What is your workspace like?

I am creating a new studio as we speak so watch this space. Most likely it will end up like the old one i.e. 90% full of frames with a teeny-weeny corner left for me to draw in.

How do you describe your style?

Eclectically English.

What are you currently working on?

Wallpaper and upholstery fabrics.

When you first started out, what was the best advice you received?

Dance like no one is watching – it’s something that applies to everything I do.

What advice do you have for other designers starting out?

Talking as well as drawing helps!

How do you achieve a work/life balance?

What’s that?

What are you other passions?

It’s a family joke that I draw in my spare time.

What is your favourite food?

Shortbread is my favourite midnight feast.

What is your greatest weakness?

Sunglasses. I’m obsessed.

Rory Dobner's Original ink drawings, prints, tiles mugs and lighting are available online.

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