To celebrate adidas Originals releasing an exclusive range available through Hype DC we got three Hype DC team members to step outside their stores and tell us a little more about themselves. First up is Brisbane based Nicole, a creative all-rounder who’s recently turned her eye to ceramics.
Can you please introduce yourself?
I’m Nicole, I’ve been managing the Garden City store in Brisbane for over three years now. I also have a pretty decent shoe collection that would likely put yours to shame.
Talk us through all of your creative outputs and why you do each of them.
My main creative outlets are ceramics, photography, and drawing.
Photography was just something randomly got into when I bought a cheap Holga camera. I just love how simple and easy it is to use, just point and shoot. But then the exposures always turn out so dreamy and sometimes really disorientating and vague when doing double exposures. I especially love working with film, not knowing how particular shots will turn out and the suspense of having to wait for them to get developed is always exciting.
I really began to develop my drawings and ceramic work when I was studying a diploma in visual arts in 2011. That’s when I fell in love with clay; it’s like no other medium. It’s also a very consuming and physical medium, there are so many processes and things that you need to consider. You can’t always control or predict what it might do.
What drew you to ceramics?
It’s just like no other medium I’ve worked with, it’s consuming and relaxing. Ceramics taught me to focus and be patient. And then the reward at the end when you’ve created something that’s so beautiful and tangible from your own hands… there’s really no feeling better then that.
What kinds of different things can inspire you creatively?
I love natural forms, crevices, landscapes, etc. My drawings are very topographical so I’m always taking in the view. Line work, negative space, repetition, and form are consistently evident throughout most my works.
What’s it like balancing a burgeoning creative career?
Juggling full time work, a personal life, and still dedicate time to my creative work can be pretty tough. The way I see it, if something is truly important, whether it’s a job, a relationship, or a goal, you have to dedicate yourself to it—even if you ain’t getting paid! Showing consistency and dedication over a extended period of time is something that I really value.
Are you surrounded by creative people?
Thankfully I work with other creatives so it’s nice to be surrounded by likeminded people at work and also outside it. But to be honest it’s very easy for me to get caught up in my own little bubble and I usually just do my own thing and chill. It’s always nice to have a good support network though, especially for advice and inspiration. My family are also amazingly supportive and they are probably my number one fans.
What’s Brisbane like as a homebase for a creative?
I don’t get too involved in the creative community within Brisbane, even though I think it’s really important to collaborate and feed off other creative energy. I honestly feel that Brisbane has a lot of missing pieces or gaps between unknown, emerging, and established artists—especially when it comes to niche crafts or art forms. I don’t know what it is exactly but something is definitely lacking in this city compared to others. I don’t know, maybe it’s that I don’t get out enough.
What’s can we expect from you in 2016?
2016 is a year I really want to push myself creatively. I feel like I’ve just been taking it easy, or maybe the word is lazy. But I know I’m going to need to start kicking into gear, I’ve got too many ideas in my head that need unleashing.
- Photography: Savannah Van der Niet