Another Meet the Maker post. This week we're asking artist Raquel Martin some questions about her beautiful work and her lifestyle...
When we found Raquel martin's work we instantly identified with her themes of outdoor living and exploration wrapped up in a glowing colours with her trademark illustration style, we felt her work summed up a lot about No Guts No Glory, enjoying moments on your journey, and celebrating a different way of living.
Could you tell us a little about who you are, what you do and where you live?
My name is Raquel Martín. I am an illustrator from Barcelona although I am living now in the beautiful and quiet island of Minorca. I work on commissioned projects as well as personal illustrations for my own shop catalogue.
As a creator of handmade goods where do you see the future of handmade?
I think the future of handmade will be good. Frequently it is a sustainable purchase option and people increasingly value its special essence in a globalized world in which trends have a global impact due to the internet.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would that be and why?
I am right now specially interested on getting an Illustration Agency representation because I think that would help me a lot to reach different commissions and opportunities.
What would you say is your favourite tool to use for producing your work, why, how did you find it, and does it have a story?
After working with different media, gouache is definitely my favorite one. I just love its versatility and I use it on most of my manual illustrations.
How do you achieve a balance between intuition and practicality in your work?
Umm... sometimes that comes easily and sometimes not, for me it depends a lot on the work (specially commissioned projects) I am working on.
Autumn/winter can be a time of great inspiration, what do you do when you feel stuck creatively and what tools do you use to reignite you creativity?
Feeling stuck creatively is hard and not at all an exceptional situation. It helps me to try to find an inspiring issue ( it can be the lyrics of a song, a film, a place, an element from Nature, a book...) and from there, thinking about ideas or elements related to that subject that I would like to paint or draw.
Describe your studio space, what is it about this space motivates you the most?
I like my work space a lot. although It always could be more tidy than it is. I appreciate mostly its light.
What do the words No Guts No Glory mean to you? Do you have a personal motto, or a favourite quote?
For me, it means that you have to fight for your work if you really believe in what you do. Never give up!