With a background in graphic design and fashion, Nadia is always scribbling, pulling things from the world around her into her chaotic dreamscape of art. She loves the work of Gustav Klimt; ornate, Art Deco-style drawings; and is inspired by flora and fauna – in particular tropical foliage. Nadia has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts majoring in Graphic Design from the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland.
Working with vector graphics on her Mac, or drawing with ink and markers, Nadia has an instinctive approach, tempered by a strong sense of design. In some cases she works in black and white, interconnecting silhouetted forms using curving vines and tendrils. In others she focuses on intricate, geometric patterns.
Nadia’s style is graphic and decorative. While an overall composition will have a bold contrast between positive and negative space, what defines her style is the inclusion of so many tiny little details. You can find new things in her illustrations each time you look at them.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Nadia: I’ve always been a drawer since I was very young and really never ever thought of being anything else but an artist of some sort. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Nadia: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam/Auckland University here in New Zealand. Question: Where do you live & what drew you there? Nadia: After a few years abroad I’m back living in New Zealand now, attractions are endless; friends, family, summer, beaches, seafood, etc. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Nadia: Fashion, Tokyo, nature and my Husband. Question: Do you collect anything? Nadia: Magazines (scary massive collection), images, dresses! Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Nadia: Well not a physical one for a long time, I have a far bigger one on my computer these days.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Nadia: I have just done a beautiful commission for ASOS.COM, illustrating a variety of perfume bottles and my interpretation of their scents emerging from the bottles, it was one of those special jobs with complete creative freedom and was such a pleasure. And along those same lines I’ve just released my own stationery range here in New Zealand which was fun as I barely do any work in New Zealand at all. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Nadia: Working with Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato. Also I would love to work with Australian designers Sass and Bide, and do a T-shirt range with someone! Question: How do you think a friend, or professor who knows you well would describe you? Nadia: Overly excitable! And pint-sized! Question: If you could take a holiday leaving tomorrow, where would you go & what would you do? Nadia: Oh straight to Tokyo to shop, and get inspiration, hang out with our good friends that live there then to Bali for some beach time. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait? Nadia: At the moment it would be Nicole Richie.