At Papergang HQ we love nothing more than pastels and plants. (You’ll often see plant porn on the Ohh Deer Instagram, Jamie has an obsession). In regard, today we are chatting to the brilliant Chloe Hall who puts both of these wonderful things together in absolute harmony! Chloe creates calming patterns inspired by nature and aims on bringing that little bit of the outdoors, indoors!

Hey there Chloe!

Okay so let’s get the coolest point out of the way first….we may have heard that you live on a boat?! Tell us more!!!!

Haha! It’s true! I live on a wide beam canal boat, I’ve always lived on a boat and I’ve only fell in the river twice (and neither were after a night out!). It’s quite a quiet way of life and I had a really good childhood, I just remember being outside a lot. I’m pretty lucky as I live right near a country park so can step outside and go for a walk in a really nice setting without having to go very far at all.

We think that's brilliant! Would you say that living in such a close-to-nature setting has inspired your designs and the creative you have become today?

I would say so; I think it’s a subconscious thing that’s developed over time. I’ve been surrounded by nature since I was little and I think I forget that the animals/nature I see isn’t what people see day to day unless you live where I live, so I shouldn’t take it for granted. I love being outside and walking and always feel inspired when I’ve spent some time outdoors.

I love being outside and walking and always feel inspired when I’ve spent some time outdoors

We absolutely love the textures and layering of your illustrations! How do you begin your process and is it a long journey from sketch to final result? Or do you find that you are simply able to churn them out until you are content with the finished result?

Thank you! I create quite quick watercolour illustrations and line drawings and tend to use the first painting or drawing I’ve created and then create a pattern using those. I don’t like to develop any illustrations as I think if you do that too much it can look too neat. When I create the illustrations I don’t have a pattern in mind, I paint lots of single illustrations of lots of different plants, then pick ones that I think will work together. Sometimes out of a day’s batch of paintings I might get a couple of new patterns.

In terms of media, what is your favourite material to work with?

I love using watercolours and acrylics together to get the right colours. I have just bought some gouache paints which I’m getting into using too.

Chloe graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester in 2013, and since then has flourished (excuse the pun) with over 11k followers on Instagram, she’s pretty popular! Chloe how would you say your university experience has aided your creative journey, and is there anything you would like to say to your past student self and/or words of advice for young creatives today?!

I loved being at uni, one of my tutors, Ian, used to say to us ‘if you’re not enjoying it, you’re doing it wrong’ and that’s stuck with me ever since. I think if you are enjoying what you do it’ll reflect in your business as well as your products, and you’ll be happy doing what you do. We were encouraged to find our own styles and to try lots of different techniques along the way. I didn’t know what I wanted to do after I finished so I just carried on drawing and haven’t stopped since.

If you’re not enjoying it, you’re doing it wrong

I would tell my past student self to stock up on materials from the uni shop before I left haha!

I think any young creatives looking to go freelance should go for it! Don’t be put off if things take time to get off the ground, use social media to get your name out there and just keep going, I think that’s the secret to success, to make sure you don’t give up, find your ‘thing’ and run with it.

In these little articles we like to end on an inspirational note – so, what is a motto you like to live by?!

I honestly think if you work hard and don’t stop working towards what you want, there’s no way it won’t work out.

Obviously we couldn’t go without asking, what is your favourite plant?!

Ooh this is hard...I drew a protea flower not long ago and that’s become one of my favourites, I love the contrast of pink and green. I really want a rubber plant but my rooms too full of plants already, so that’s gonna one of the first things I buy when I move out!

Thank you so much Chloe!

If you want to see more of Chloe’s work, head on over to her Instagram @chloehallillustration.
Grab her brand new ‘Get Outside’ Zine and other lovely stuff over on her website

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