Debt and divorce aren’t exactly the happiest of topics.
An ability to produce beautiful illustrations based on these, therefore, is just one more reason to love the work of young Hackney - based illustrator and artist Emily Evans.
More reasons include her numerous creative projects to help the community, and of course, her alliterative name.
Evans is one of the newest signings to No Way creative agency, and at the tender age of 25, she already has many strings to her bow.
As a core member of multidisciplinary South Kilburn Studios, an artists-led project in North West London, Evans uses her creativity to help others through workshops, events and exhibition; as well as mentoring (slightly) younger artists to help them achieve their potential.
Having graduated in graphic designs and illustration from LCC in 2009, Evans now works on artwork for record labels and for art and design house Gilles and Cecile, as well as contributing to counterculture magazine Bare Bones
‘The course was really conceptual, which is just what I needed’, says Evans. ‘It made me really flexible.’
Her original style sees multi-layered illustrations jostling alongside mixed-media collages, letterpress, painting and screen printing, casting a deceptively cutesy appearance across murkier subjects of conflicts and issues in contemporary society.
Drawing inspiration from Trojan records and hip-hop posters, Evans’ dream is to work on album art for her favourite acts. In the meantime, however, she has been busying herself with such worthy things as workshops for young people, using hand drawn typography for a series of posters for Queens Park.
‘The eight to 13-years-olds I worked with respond really well to hand drawn type’, she says. ‘[With South Kilburn studio] I like the idea of its legacy.’
Emily Evans’ work will be appearing in a No Way exhibition in the new year, for more information visit the website http://no-way.org.uk. Have a look at her blog: http://dedicationtoallthemwomen.wordpress.com/