Artist interview: Tilly Worth – Graphite Artist & Printmaker

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Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
“I’m Tilly Worth. I grew up in Essex but have spent the past 5 years studying in Bristol. I’m currently living in Toronto, and I like to draw and make things.”

How did you get started doing what you do?
“My parents are both artists and I have been very lucky to have grown up in a creative household. I’ve always enjoyed making things every since I can remember, although I think it became particularly important when I started college and realised that it was something I really wanted to pursue.”

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What’s your inspiration?
“I spent a bit of time studying graphic design before I realised I wasn’t very good at it, but it has definitely influenced the way I work now – I always end up looking at how designers do things as inspiration for my own practise. I usually tend to work in quite a precise and almost obsessive manner, and I think maybe some of that has come from the time consuming nature of graphic design. Visually, I think a lot of my inspiration comes from everyday surroundings – different textures, colours and shapes.”

How do you keep motivated?
“I make sure I always have a sketchbook, because if I have an empty sketchbook I want to fill it. I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to try and be motivated all the time, and got frustrated with myself when I wasn’t. This had the opposite effect, and as soon as I took the pressure off the motivation came a lot more easily. I definitely think it’s important to keep scribbling and try out new ideas as a way to keep the projects going, but I allow myself to procrastinate and spend my free time doing other activities too. Also, going to galleries and seeing other artists having amazing shows always gives me a push to make work of my own.”

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What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“To not feel downhearted when an idea or drawing doesn’t turn out exactly how you expect, as about 85% of the things that you do, you may not like. Everything I do can influence other ideas as well, and I think a lot of the work I’ve done that I’ve been particularly happy with has come from something unexpected or almost accidental, which is pretty exciting.

What are your thoughts on art school?
“I think art school is a great experience, and can be a great support in developing the area of art that you want to pursue. One of the things that I particularly enjoyed about it is the set up of working in a close space with other people. I studied Drawing and Applied Arts at UWE in Bristol, and the course catered for everyone, from painters to printmakers to sculptors. To be able to work alongside such a variety of artists was an invaluable experience, and although we were all so different in styles and materials I think we all took inspiration from each other. I also made some really good friends and everyone was so supportive of each other.”

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What art supplies do you use?
“A pencil is the number 1 tool. After that, inks and a roller (and other materials to experiment with).

How could the art industry become better in your opinion?
“I really believe that if artists are going to use assistants and helpers to create work, they need to be more widely acknowledged and they should get the credit they deserve.”

Other artists to check out
Katy Cassels, Alice Titshall, Rodger Worth, Jill DesboroughRosie McLay

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