ANIKA COOK

Illustrator working in Boyd School Studios


What appealed to you most about your studio space when you first saw it?

The natural light in the building is absolutely beautiful but I must admit to being very excited about having a fireplace in the corner of my studio. I can't use it but I'm always amused when a strange gust of wind rushes down and pops the door open.


How have you made this space your own?

With lots of wooden furniture and plants and books! It's a nice combination of things I use to make stuff, things I love and find inspiring, and occasionally, giant rolls of fabric that block up the doorway.


What do you create or make in your studio?

Collages, framed art prints, greeting cards, printed fabrics and clothing.


What is your favourite item in your studio at the moment (or in the whole building)?

It's not really an item, but I love having the library downstairs. It's wonderful for overcoming creative block or just for having a break and a sit and a look at some art books.


About Anika

"I'm an illustrator but also a designer/collagist/maker sort of person. I make clothing, art prints and cards that all feature my illustrations, which must be either strange, beautiful or amusing, and preferably a combination of all three. I sell my goodies under the name The Gently Unfurling Sneak and you can find them in sweet little stores around town, at markets and online.

"I started doing this accidentally when I taught myself screen printing and didn't want to stop. After I finished my Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2006 I also found that I didn't want to get a real job, so I worked on carving my practice into something I could live on. A grant from the Australia Council helped to get me going, and thankfully many years later I haven't had to stop (brief dalliances with web design notwithstanding). My work is a combination of drawing and collage, created both digitally and with scissors and paper, and is firmly rooted in the traditions of Surrealism, Dada and Victorian-era etchings."