I've been in the design industry for more than 7 years now. During this time I've met and worked with hundreds of Cape Towns creatives. Each one adding their own little bit of magic to help build our reputation as the design capital of the world.
None of them quite inspired me as much as creative rockstar Driekie van Biljon.
I met Driekie a couple of years ago and even though she stands out as a graphic designer in the corporate industry ( proven by some well known companies fist fighting to acquire her talent ) it was the designs that she did at home that made me realise that I was in the presence of a truly talented artist.
We asked Driekie a couple of questions about her inspirations, loves and food preferences ( just because we can ).
F ) Who are you and what do you do?
D ) To pay the bills, I am a graphic designer from 7 to 3. Any other time I can find I would love to be known as an artist!
So I like to call myself an artistic graphic designer.
F ) How long have you been drawing / designing / illustrating / making pictures?
D ) Since primary school my favourite subject was art. In high school I attended extra mural art classes.
And after school I studied graphic design.
F ) What inspires you?
D ) Everything!!! A new set of pencils. Weird, interesting people. FEET. Children’s drawings. Blogs. Cool paper. OWLS. A blank canvas. TATTOOS. Art galleries. Nail polish. Nature. Textures.
F ) What are you working on at the moment?
D ) Paintings about phobias... I find phobias super exciting and interesting.
F ) Top 5 projects that you’ve done.
a) I helped design the South African coat of arms. It is super cool to know that I was part of such a major design that would be part of history one day.
b) I participated in a First Paper House paper sculpture competition and I was one of the winners.
c) I participated in a Red Bull sculpture competition and I was one of the winners.
d) I participated in a herb garden design for a extra small kitchen and I was one of the finalists.
e) My Toothmonsters!!! I came up with the toothmonster idea and made the monsters myself.
Each one has its own look and personality and before I start I have no idea what the final character would look like.
F ) Your favourite artists?
D ) Anyone with a twisted life story or weird personality.
Someone who is not influenced by society and mass production.
F ) What wouldn’t you do without?
D ) Music!
F ) What kind of music do you listen to?
D ) My favourite cd at the moment is “The perks of being a wallflower”...
I am totally in love with it. And if I have to list any of my other favourites, the list would be endless... Postal Service, Joy Division, The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Two Door Cinema Club, Young the Giant, Bob Dylan, REM, Mew, John Lennon, Editors, Mark Knopfler, Death Cab for Cutie, Pearl Jam, Archade Fire, The Cure, The Shins, Mumford and Sons, Eddie Vedder, New Order, David Bowie, The Smiths, Cracker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison... And that is just to mention a few...
F ) Favourite medium to work with or favorite style?
D ) I like mixing mediums. Acrylic - glue - charcoal - paper - more glue - varnish - pencil...
F ) Pizza or Sushi?
D ) Pizza
F ) What do you dislike about the art/design world?
D ) Copy cats. It doesn’t really matter in design as everyone steals ideas from everyone anyway!
F ) What makes you angry?
D ) Unfairness.
F ) What superpower would you like to have and why?
D ) I would love to be able to teleport. Imagine... Shopping in New York in your lunch hour.
No traffic. Never late...
F ) Professionally, what’s your goal?
D ) I would love to teach art and design to school children.
F ) Something you love?
D ) My husband... for giving me a beautiful child.
F ) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
D ) Solve any problem today, the quick and easy way. Worry about the consequences another day.
F ) Cream Soda or Slush Puppy?
D ) Cream Soda
F ) Paris or Disney World Orlando?
D ) Paris
F ) Where would you like to be in 5 years from now?
D ) I am not planning anything hectic for the next 5 years. If I can be happy, healthy and surrounded by special friends and family I would appreciate it. (BE FAMOUS!!!)
F ) Anything else that you would like to mention.
D ) Make time for creative projects even though you don’t think that you are creative.
You will be surprised!!!
We've had the privilege of having Driekie as part of the Fdesign team on numerous projects. From event poster designs to corporate and wedding invitation and stationery design.
You can also find one of her other projects/hobbies on the Skribbel site http://www.skribbel.co.za/Skribbel-gids.html
We're always looking forward to see what she comes up with next.
Be sure to keep an eye out for one of the many projects of this award winning artist.
Somehow you always walk away feeling like a better person.