November 9, 2013

Spotlight: Caitlin Hazell

Caitlin Hazell will draw your favorite characters 
and let you know what to do when you're bored.

Like many of the artists we've written about, I found out Caitlin Hazell's art via Tumblr. One of her pictures showed up on my dashboard and I decided to do a little bit more research. Before I knew it, I had spent almost an entire day looking through Caitlin's blog. I found myself delightfully charmed by Caitlin's many collages, her drawings of characters like Tina from Bob's Burgers, and her lists about things such as "Things to do All Summer" and "Good Things About September" that are accompanied by tiny sketches. I'm not the only who is impressed by Caitlin's art as she is a regular illustrator for Rookie Mag. Caitlin, who lives in the English countryside, describes herself as someone who is "easily obsessed and likes to time music to fit life, so she can imagine it's not actually life, and she's in a movie". What I find most admirable about Caitlin is her perspective and tone that's evident through her art. She's funny, witty, and a little self-deprecating, and you can tell she finds beauty in even the most obscure things in life. Also, she has a collection of overall dresses that makes me very envious.

TLS: I saw on your blog that you keep journals for every month – what was mostly in your October journal? 

CH: October was actually very boring – I’ve found as the months have gone by I’ve started to draw less, and write more, I’m becoming very stressed out trying to find out as much about other artists as I can. October had quite a lot of autumnal things though too, I collected a lot of interesting leaves.

TLS: You do a lot of art for Rookie – how did you start working for them? What would be your dream publication/site to feature your art?

CH: I had an email from Anaheed, one of the editors – and it went in my spam which I normally mass delete but it caught my eye and it’s probably the best email I’ve ever received. I guess they’re the dream but it’s always nice to see art printed out on nice paper too.

TLS: Since you're from England, if you had the chance to go anywhere in America, where would it be and what would you do first?

CH: It’s a bit clichĂ©, but New York!! I’d like a nice wander, seeing all the lights at night, and something really unhealthy to eat.  

TLS: You can only work with one art supply for the rest of your life. What would you pick and why?

CH: Unipin fine liners, they’re the dream with small line drawings, and they come in so many sizes- I’d miss my watercolours but black and white can do so much.      

 TLS: If you could spend the day with any artist and do whatever you want, who would it be and what would you do?

CH: If I had a time machine, tea with Van Gogh or Louise Bourgeois would be nice. Now maybe Gillian Wearing, Tracey Emin or Sarah Lucas. OR Grayson Perry – I’m listening to his Reith lectures at the moment and he just seems like a nice down to earth artist, it’s good to have people who acknowledge how sometimes arts can be confusing and not accessible to all, I think he’d be a great conversation maker.    

TLS: Wes Anderson comes to you and wants you to be in his next film. What would the film be about and what character would you play?

CH: Ok first I’d have to be scraped up from my melted state on the floor… I’m really not sure what it would be about, maybe something on teen awkwardness and noticing the little things in life just as reason to get by- I’d fit for that one. I just finished the big Wes book that just came out (Wes Anderson collection) and HE’S A GENIUS, even more than I could ever imagine- the way he builds scenes and characters and works up his influences into something fresh is something I can’t possibly think of doing like he does.

TLS: You've made a lot of different zines – what are some of the oddest/weirdest zine concepts you've come up with before? What zine can we expect next from you? 

CH: I actually started pretty basic (kinda bland) zines about summer, winter and festivals and then one on feminism. I only recently started making more on weirder topics. I recently did one about the men that shop in M&S because they do it so awkwardly. At the moment I’ve just started work on one about toilets, so maybe keep yr eyes peeled for it.

You can see more of Caitlin's art here.

Written by Emily Thompson