Nadia has a bachelor degree in Fine Arts majoring in Graphic Design from the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland.
Vector graphics play a big role in Nadia’s aesthetic, and she designs her imagery on her Mac. She prefers to work in black and white, creating silhouettes that are intricately connected using vines, tendrils and curves. However, many of her pieces do use colour and will incorporate photographic elements. Now and again you’ll even detect a touch of ink or watercolour.
Nadia’s style is striking, graphic and decorative, full of forms that are fragile, yest strong. 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.