name Hannah Percival
location Brisbane, Australia
studying science and working as a cashier
boyfriend Travis – 2 years
favorite color All of them
favorite Chictopian post They are all too good to choose
Finally we get to meet the girl behind this amazing Chictopian badge. She won the I (he)art Chictopia competition with this badge. I would describe her design as modern versus vintage, a beauty everybody would love to have on their websites. It was PercyOwl who created this badge, you can follow her on her blog where she writes about “basically anything she cooks, wears, sews, photographs or draws in an adequate fashion”.
Hannah, you are such a creative personality, whenever I visit your blog I find beautifully made pictures and then that badge you designed was definitely one of my favorites. Tell us a little bit about your artsy background. I don’t have any formal training in art – I did art and graphic design in high school as well as IT, all of which I topped the class in, it was a very small school though. I also was part of a girl’s technology group that helped design videos and graphics for the school, as well as taking some photos for the school’s website. I don’t think it is essential to go to art school, because a lot of people graduate and struggle for many years. I prefer to keep art as a hobby.
I find my inspiration everywhere, magazines (especially Frankie!), books, blogs and everyday objects.
I think we can all agree you have a talent. When did you discover you were good at this? I’ve been drawing ever since I was young, and I’ve just never stopped. I really enjoy drawing and crafting – when I was young I used to draw on boxes to make houses for my dolls as well as make them clothes later when I learnt to sew.
Personally, I’ve been a Photoshop addict for five years, which digital programs do you use? Not long after I got a laptop at 14 my grandfather gave me a copy of Jasc Paint Shop Pro (which doesn’t exist anymore!) and that’s all I’ve used since. I have used Photoshop, but I enjoy the raw simplicity of Paintshop because it pushes me to be more innovative and not rely on pre-made effect and brushes. It’s just a matter of experimenting with any program. To make this icon I used the ‘vector shapes’ function.
I actually remember that program, I used it before I studied Digital Design and started relying on Photoshop. What are your favorite forms of art and how do they inspire you on a daily basis? I love sewing, and finally bought my own sewing machine last year. Textile and clothing design gives me an infinite number of ideas. I try to visit art galleries when I have the chance, I like books with pictures rather than words and I enjoy documentaries. Artists like Audrey Kawasaki and Angelique Houtkamp are my favorites, but there are so many others in the blogosphere that I follow.
Your style is a mixture of frilly items and classy basics, both vintage-inspired with a rocker twist. How would you describe your signature style? I just buy clothes that I like. Sometimes it’s my downfall when nothing matches, but otherwise I feel comfortable with the things I wear. Most of all I need flat shoes, some girls live in high heels, but I don’t think Brisbane is that glamorous, so flats are most practical.
I also love mascara – I always wear it because I have naturally see-through blonde eyelashes, without mascara I feel quite plain.
Same here, in make-up, all I really NEED is eye-makeup. I love my eyeliner, which would be my signature since I was 14 years old. When did you become interested into fashion? Our family never had a lot of money growing up, so I mostly got hand-me-downs and second –hand clothing, I can’t remember a time when I ever got anything new, not even school uniforms. When I got a job at 15 my best friend and I would go shopping and it was a whole new world!
Your blog consists lovely pictures of everyday things, amongst extremely girly pictures of your own outfits. How does your blog stand out from others? No-one can be me, so I try not to worry about standing out too much. If people like the same mix of things that I like, then I’m sure they will like my blog.
How do you decide what to write about? It is just a blog about things that I like! I would like to think of it more as a creative blog. I don’t have many friends who like the same specific things I do, so I share with people online.
What’s the trend this fall you haven’t tried out yet, but you definitely would like to try sometimes? I really, really want a pair of desert boots. I’ve never owned a pair of boots before because it’s too hot in Brisbane most of the time. A pair of Chelsea boots would be good too.
Where do you go shopping, are you careful to spend too much or are you a carefree shopper? While I’m a student I have to watch what I buy, but I always choose quality over price; I hate polyester materials. Sometimes if I really love something I break the budget (within reason!).
Have you always been this stylish or did you evolve somewhere in the past? I’ve been following blogs for a while now and I have been reading fashion magazines for even longer. I suppose it rubs off after a while…
In that case I hope your creativity rubs of on all of us!! Thank you for this interview, Hannah; you are a true inspiration on more than one field of expertise.
I would love to thank you for reading, my dear Chictopians; I hope you got to meet another great Chictopian just like I did when I first contacted her. Have a nice weekend!!