Karma Voce is a surface designer and illustrator, working from her design brand from Melbourne, Australia. Karma established her brand in 2013 in order to create gorgeous illustrations and patterns inspired by nature, different cultures and art. She helped to create the Forest Foundry a collective of 7 artist from around the globe. She has also worked for in the fashion industry for over a decade for a large number of well known brands. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Karma Voce.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My style is quite diverse. I work by hand and digitally, in both photoshop and illustrator. Quirky but commercial, organic, vintagesque, minimal palette and clean style.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
It changes depending on the style. But usually – research, hand sketches, scan the sketches and then either recreate digitally, or use the sketches and then add colour digitally.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Gosh, that’s tricky. I hate favouritism! I guess I would have to say the amazing women in my Art Collective – Forest Foundry. Seven women from around the world that have all provided me with ongoing support, knowledge, friendship, advice, critique and wisdom. We are a close group, and have all met and exhibited twice now at Surtex in New York. They are constantly inspiring and I admire them all!
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Exploring different cultures, being surrounded by nature, going to galleries, book shops, and meeting new people always inspires me. Looking at things from the past. And Pinterest and Instagram!
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
A lot of hard work, determination, and a strong sense of ambition? I think- the older I get the more I want to work harder and strive further. The best advice that I could give is to, work hard, create beautiful things, believe in yourself, be a nice human, and network and collaborate with your peers. Just ignore the fear and keep on doing whatever it is you love the most.