MEET THE MAKER: Leah Hume from Leah Hume Creative
Meet: Leah from Leah Hume Creative
How long has your business been operating?
My business has been operating for the last 2 years and officially as ‘Leah Hume Creative/Leah Hume’ for 1 year.
What do you make and create?
I illustrate plants, people, animals – I try and explore theme of beauty and feminism when I illustrate people, I’m obsessed with faces and the way in which we perceive ourselves and the world around us. I’m also passionate about beauty and what it really means to us, there’s often misconceptions within society of what beauty should ‘look’ like rather than it being a sense of self or feeling. I want to portray what I feel is beautiful or intriguing within my art – whether I’m illustrating people, plants or anything.
How "hands on" to the creation of your products are you?
100%. From the beginning of the developmental process, to the trialling, to the final product. Everything I create is basically at home in my loft studio, my boyfriend’s house or at TAFE.
Tell me about the person you are in everyday life? (where you live, kids, family, activities?)
I live in the small ‘green wedge’ semi-rural town of Pearcedale in the Mornington Peninsula. Currently still living at home with the parents, working casually at a wildlife conservation park sanctuary down the road and studying diploma of Illustration part-time at TAFE in Prahran. I live a life that has more recently become fast-paced juggling my newly established creative illustration endeavours, as well as TAFE assignments, social/family life and work. However, I feel it’s a good thing having to learn to multi-task and operate within a busy schedule – it’s a taste of what real adult-hood/career-hood will be like for me, I definitely love my creative lifestyle!
Tell me about why you love to create your products or brand?
I love illustrating because it’s something I understand, it’s something that I’ve been able to communicate with, ever since primary school I’ve always been into art. I think art/design has always been prominent and surrounded my life, with my parents regularly getting tattoos through the years, to my mum always sewing and creating clothes for my siblings and I (which may have influenced me to complete a certificate course in Fashion Design and Technology back in high school), my three older siblings have all dabbled in drawing – my brother even getting into tattoo design. I love to illustrate what interests me – such as botanicals/plants, femininity, faces/portraiture and animals. Essentially, I love creating because I get experience all the planning stages, finalising the piece, and then reflecting on the overall progression once I feel satisfied. It can be really rewarding because a lot of my time goes into these illustrations – so I want to make sure they are of quality, and that my illustrations are accurately representing my brand and I.
Tell me about the space you work in to create your products?
Recently I purchased an IKEA desk and it’s been life changing! I used to work on the kitchen table at home and spread everything out like a little studio – which did account to lots of bickering between my mother and I due to the clutter! So I thought I should finally utilise my upstairs loft bedroom and put a big desk up there that I can comfortably work on and be able to work how a professional illustrator would work. My loft has just enough space for an easel, a comfy chair and has just enough daylight from my windows to work during the day; I have brilliant flexible light clamps/lamps to use when working at night.
Does your family or friends help or have any input into what you do?
Yes they do. I’m often asking my best friend Ryan (who’s also an artist) or boyfriend whether they think certain artworks I create look accurate and whether something needs adjusting. It’s really important for me to try and get a different perspective on things (even from those who aren’t arty at all), often they will point out some aspect within my work I hadn’t considered or noticed – it can be quite helpful and opinions from those I care about matter the most.
What are your short term goals?
My short-term goals are to continue doing commission artwork for people, to keep establishing myself and my brand through my Facebook page (Leah Hume Creative), Instagram page (@leahhumecreative), my online store/Redbubble site (https://www.redbubble.com/people/leahhumecreativ), and my website www.leahhume.com. I will be finishing my diploma of Illustration next year and hope to either go on to do a year of advanced diploma or study diploma of graphic design. Fashion illustration also interests me and I would love to do a short course to build up some skills and a folio within that realm.
What are your long term goals?
My long term goals are to hopefully have a solid following within my social media/website platforms, to be working full time as either an illustrator (my own business), or for a creative company (within the arts and design field) and to do my own freelance work on the side. Eventually, the plan is to earn money from my illustrations and to make a lifelong career out of it.
Why do you love being a part of the Mermaid Sorority Markets?
I love being apart of Mermaid Sorority Markets because they’re locally run, they have the community as their priority and showcasing local homemade talent is essential to their overall business. It’s really special to have a place to share your own creations – Mermaid Sorority markets provide artists like us another platform to introduce and launch our brands.
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