Aimee Chappell Studios
Hello, I’m Aimee and I am a Graphic Designer, Illustrator & Photographer from Perth. I grew up in Perth and have lived here for the majority of my life. I am an avid puppy lover and I love food, cute patterns and native flowers. Before I studied Graphic Design I studied Journalism & Broadcasting, then went on to be a travel agent for 18 months, and then went back to Edith Cowan University to finish off my studies in Graphic Design & Photography.
Currently, I run my own design studio from my lovely little apartment in Crawley, and when I am not designing or taking photos I am delivering flowers for local Fremantle florist, The Flower Run.
In my spare time, I like to go and eat good food with my friends, go visit my mum and cuddle her sausage dogs, and spend too much time on my phone checking out the international design community. Things that I also wish I did with my spare time include cleaning my room and car, taking my Nanny and Poppy out for lunch, and reading more books.
What inspires you?
I am very curious about the world around me and often get distracted easily because I am always looking around at everything that I can see. I am inspired by the way that people communicate, the way they interact with their surroundings and how design can have a role in making our lives more efficient and sustainable. I love going to art exhibitions too, whenever I travel I always go to the local galleries. I love clever art and the way it can make you think about yourself and your surroundings. I am also very inspired by the natural world around us. I love native flowers and the amazing shapes and colours that they have, and I am always looking for patterns and colours that I can use in my work.
What kind of work do you do?
I do a variety of things, but whatever I do, I like to make it fun. I love to illustrate! I love making patterns and illustrations of food. I love a bit of branding, a bit of social media marketing and graphics as well as print work too. I recently did a job for a Fringe World show where I got to mix all my skills which w as fun. I also love to take photos and mix them with graphic and illustration to make some fun pieces. I really feel like as a designer I should be using my skills to create work that talks about social issues. I want my work to be fun and eye-catching but also discuss important topics like marriage equality; waste, recycling and environmental sustainability; and exploring the pressures and identity of being a young woman in Australia and internationally.
Where can we find your work?
There were a few posters lurking around from the Fringe World show that I did, but apart from that I am just on the inter webs for the time being. I am hoping to get some more projects to print and have them out and about soon!
Perth is seen as an emerging city, especially in creative industries -do you feel like there are more opportunities in WA right now?
I agree that Perth is an emerging city and I do feel like we are on the rise, especially in the involvement of art and design. I feel like there are lots of art & design communities out and about at the moment which is really awesome for people starting out, but there is also a big focus on products and materials being created and sourced locally too which creates a lot of opportunities. I also think the food scene is getting bigger by the day, which in turn creates more branding and fit-out jobs for designers.
How does local context (Social, Cultural, Environmental) affect your work?
I think that a lot of my work is a product of my surroundings, consciously and subconsciously. Socially and culturally, I try to make work that catches your eye and then comments on current topics and issues in a playful but meaningful way. Environmentally would be more of the subconscious as I get inspired by just looking around at our beautiful natural landscape and colourful native flora!
What do you think makes Western Australia special?
Firstly, our weather! We are lucky over here with our beautiful blue skies and flowers! I also think that because we are so isolated we have had to work hard to establish our creative industries, so everyone who is here and working in the creative industries is very passionate and has worked very hard. Also because of this, there are a lot of independently run art and co-sharing spaces which really have a focus on supporting local creatives which is awesome to see and get involved with.
What is your favourite hometown spot?
I love Sommerville Auditorium at UWA! It’s so beautiful and peaceful and is the best spot to go in the evening to relax during the PIAF season with a movie and a wine! Also, Kings Park Botanic Garden in wildflower season!
What are your favourite local buildings?
I love Luna Palace Cinemas on Oxford St in Leederville, it’s such a beautiful and charismatic building! I also love Greenhouse on St George’s Tce, that is my jam! I love the natural materials they use and their ethos. Also, the Moore’s buildings in Fremantle!
What should we expect to see from you in the future?
I am flying the nest and moving over east in a few months so it’s all a bit of a mystery, but I am hoping to work on some new and exciting projects that involve physical products that you can hold in your hands and an online store, which is a bit exciting! I also really want to get on board with some social enterprises and work more on developing my illustrations too!