Abby Phillips X Miista
Abby Phillips, who considers herself to be a “young mixed media artist, illustrator, writer and creative director from the United States,” was kind enough to collaborate with Miista. Abby, whose work has been featured in many publications, like Nylon Japan, Rookie, and Yen Magazine, has a distinct, almost green-screen quality to her photos. She mixes photography with illustration and digital techniques to make unique cyber collages. Bringing creatures to life and using organic drawing techniques, Abby meshes reality with her imagination.
We sat down with Abby to chat a little bit about her work, life, and imagination.
What got you hooked on mixed media?
I've always been interested in illustration and wanted to try out photography. This realization occurred in 8th grade, so I only had a small digital camera and no experience. I knew that my photographs couldn't stand on their own so, adding illustration and other photographs onto the initial one was my best bet to stand out a bit.
How did you come up with your concept?
I found a few underwater photos in my archives, so I decided to manipulate them to look more like lava.
What’s your favourite part of the process?
The best part of the process was when I finishing the first look (red full body) because when I did, I knew exactly how the other three pieces will look.
So, I take it you doodle a lot. What do you usually find yourself doodling?
I'm at school for most of the day, so I usually just sketch things around me, like my teachers, friends, and cats on my notes.
How do you decide what to draw on the photograph?
It starts with a vague idea that appears after initially viewing the piece. Then I think on how I can elaborate on this idea and apply that concept on to the photograph. It usually takes a few days of rough drafts before anything really clicks.
Do you see the illustrations before the photograph or the other way round?
I never really have a full idea of what I'm going to do until I see the photograph, and when I do, I usually have to change up my initial design. When I take photographs to edit, it's just a plain, normal shoot; the theme comes into place post-production.
What’s your favourite piece?
I tried picking one, but they all look so coherent together and taking one out would take something out of the others.
What’s your favourite thing to draw?
Flowers! They're so simple and relaxing to draw.
If you could draw on anyone’s face, who would you choose?
The first person I thought of was Grace Jones.
What was your favourite part of the Miista collaboration?
Completing all four pieces and being able to see all of them next to each other.
Where do you see yourself taking your art in the future?
Wherever it'll take me. Here are some examples of Abby's other projects. 'Washed Up Memories' A collaboration Abby did with KyKytheButterfly