Anyone who knows me well knows I have a bit of bird fear. I can’t help it. I admire birds and love the feathers and the whole flight thing, but put me near one flying low & I hit the deck. I think it all goes back to when I was a child wearing a pretty bow in my hair while I visited a zoo. My father told me emu’s like to eat ribbons & then took me through the bird enclosure and I freaked out. Thanks Dad!
But as I say, I do love to look at the wonder of birds and when I first saw birdsinhats I could help not but smile.
I have asked Alice a few questions and here’s what she has to say about her work.
It’s an obvious question – let’s get it out of the way. Birds in hats – why?
It’s a good question. I always describe it as a joke that got out of hand – a few years ago I was drawing a barn owl, that turned out to be pretty bad, so I stuck a baseball cap on it… and here I am now!
Do you like music on while you work & if so who do you listen to?
Music wise I like a good album that I don’t need to skip tracks on - any Billie Holiday, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear etc etc… but more often than not I’ll have a Harry Potter audiobook on – I can’t listen to any audiobooks that aren’t narrated by Stephen Fry anymore, he’s just so good at it.
Your work puts me in mind of Bruce Whatley – a favourite children’s book author & illustrator of mine. Is there a book in your future?
Why not! I’m concentrating on just producing more material at the moment – I have a scene of woodland creatures playing folk instruments that probably won’t leave my head till I paint it – but certainly in the long term, I’d love to.
Do you imagine the appropriate hat before you start to draw? Do you make up stories to match the hat choice? I see the white swan as a lonely princess waiting for her prince charming to whisk her away.
I’m always torn between the bird-hat combination making sense (nightingale in a nurses cap, turkey in a chef’s hat) and them really not (canary in mexican wrestling mask). I usually end up going for ’not’, and though I don’t make stories for them I think they’ve all got a bit of attitude
What is your creative space like? A special stuido? The kitchen table?
My creative space is my bed/floor! I’ve been drawing curled up or sprawled out somewhere awkward looking since I was old enough to hold a pencil (according to my oma anyway) – though I don’t have a choice as I have neither a desk big enough, or a chair in my flat at the moment. One day I’ll have a fantastic studio to make up for all the damage I’m doing to my spine…
Thanks so much Alice for letting us into your wonderful world. If you’d like to find out more, please visit the following places you can find Alice. I really recommend the blog – so many wonderful birds in hats! :