Designer Profile - Hattie Stewart

Designer Profile - Hattie Stewart — Hattie Stewart Studio, photography by Cressie Taormina

We popped round to Hattie Stewart's technicoloured studio for a brew, a chat about what launched her career, her favourite collabs and her dream project of a cock 'n' ball jungle gym for grown-ups. Scroll down for all the goss.

Hey Hattie, tell us about what kickstarted your illustration career.

I was quite fortunate in first year of uni. My sister was working at Luella at the time and they brought me in to do some illustrations for Valentine's day - a slime monster and a drippy heart. I continued doing bits and pieces for them whilst I was at university, which was such an amazing experience to have alongside my course. After that it was a case of balancing trying to make money with trying to do what I actually wanted to do. It was my obsession with illustrating magazine covers that really pushed things to the next level in terms of exposure and opportunities.

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—Hattie Stewart For Luella

Where did the magazine cover “obsession” come from.

I was working in this bar in Brick Lane and there was a picture of Lily Allen on the wall. I just literally took it down and started mindlessly doodling over it and thought “that looks pretty sick”, so I took it home. I was already using Posca markers at the time and I had stacks and stacks and stacks of magazines from when I was younger which were the perfect thing to draw over. They were all magazines that I loved but I didn’t necessarily 'see myself' in them and they never featured any illustration so I guess you could say that in my own way forced myself to be part of the magazines by drawing over them. As soon as I started posting them online people really started to respond to them.