May Van Millingen X Salt-Water

 

May in her studio May Van Millingen in her studio. Portrait by Anabel Navarro

 


We are delighted to showcase our collaboration with the London based illustrator May Van Millingen www.mayvanmillingen.com

May's work is a wonderful mixture of old world antiquarian style botanical drawings and contemporary pop culture. It’s bold and beautifully detailed with a strong illustrative quality. Her pieces are all hand drawn in pen and ink before being scanned in for the colour to be added digitally.

May's insect drawings

 

YOU HAVE SUCH A LOVELY NAME - WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

Thank you! May is an English name and my surname is from Holland.

WHERE DID YOU STUDY?

I went to university in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a work year in London as part of the program.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Inspiration comes to me anywhere and any time but Nature is a great source of inspiration for me. I'm really interested in plants & I'm drawing a series of cacti at the moment. I’ve always been interested  in science, and love historical botanical illustrations which are a huge source of inspiration for my work. I also come from a creative background which has inspired my work - my Mum is an artist, and brother a photographer.

May's mood board

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE ARTIST?

There are so many and all for different reasons! I recently saw Egon Schiele at Somerset house which was very inspiring. Paula Rego's work is incredible, I love her dark depictions of fairy tales.

May's studio

WHAT IS A TYPICAL WORKING DAY FOR YOU?

I cycle down to my studio, have a coffee and read through my emails.
I'll often catch up with my agent over the phone to discuss any new
work enquiries, then start work. I work all morning then make lunch at
the studio, then try and get away from my desk, even for half an hour,
to go for a walk. I often have meetings in the afternoon, then I'll
work up until about 7, unless I have a big project on, then I'll work
later into the evening.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

I do a lot of bikram yoga, and I also like to go running at the weekend. I find cooking relaxing, watching films, visiting galleries and having dinner with friends.


 

For Salt-Water sandals,  May has produced a set of beautiful illustrations that we made into postcards and posters.

Thank you May and watch this space for further collaborations.

May's colourful illustrations for Sun-San & Salt-Water Sandals May's colourful illustrations for Sun-San & Salt-Water Sandals

 

May's Salt-Water Originals May's Salt-Water Originals

 

Poster by May Van millingen Poster by May Van millingen

 

Photography by Anabel Navarro www.anabelnavarro.com

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