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Jill's path to her wild, detailed artwork was a long and windy one. After spending time in New York City and the bay area studying illustration, she came to Portland and found her relationship with the natural world to be one of her primary inspirations. She examines the plants, animals and ecosystems they are apart of and uses this intensive study as a basis for many illustrations and series. Jill's work is adaptable to multiple mediums — cards, journals and two-dimensional paintings and posters as well as 3D objects like purses, wallets and other homewares, which are on deck for the summer (can't wait to see that!). A anatural teacher with a passion for sharing authentic business and art practices with her students, Jill also teaches an array of graphic design, small business and branding courses at the university in town. I wish I had been able to take Jill's class in college.
Jill's work is made primarily on recycled papers and materials. For many years, she downplayed the green aspect of her practice, but now it is celebrated and at the forefront of the minds of many consumers and retailers (thank goodness!). At its core, all of Jill's work is about the natural world and she makes an effort to tread lightly and live consciously in it — observing and seeing the natural world by drawing it, in many different shapes and formats. It's this intensive sense of study, contemplation and respect for the animals, plants and environments that make Jill's work so unique and lovely.
Green ProfileName/Occupation: Jill, artist/designer What does a typical day look like? Each day is different, but there are some constants: in the morning there's always coffee or tea along with some quiet reflection time, there's always various errands in the afternoons (teaching, meeting with clients, dropping off orders at the post office, meeting one of my health team members), and then there's always a late afternoon/evening walk with my dog. The term "green living" can be so generic. What does it mean to you? Being mindful of your life and its impact on others. What inspires you? Everything and everyone i come across, good and bad! The one thing you can't live without: Hot water. Favorite quote or personal mantra you live by? "Five years from now none of this will matter!" has been a phrase I've used since high school. It works to temper amazingly good times and to get me through amazingly bad times.
Thanks Jill for showing us around your studio!• Visit Jill Bliss online: Jill Bliss • Related: Robin Carlisle of Holiday Hair, Creative People, Living Green (Images: Leela Cyd Ross)