Bohoheart is the online portfolio and blog of
Artist and Illustrator Jennifer Blume.
Contact me at email: email@example.com
Follow me on Twitter: @bohoheart1
Buy some stuff at: www.society6.com/JenniferBlume
Below is a recent interview published on See7mag.com and a partial client list.
I have been a published artist and illustrator since graduating from the
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I've worked for magazines, gift and print
companies, book publishers and music theaters. I was doing very
realistic and technical illustration for a few years until I decided I
needed to focus on my passion for music and fashion which led me
to explore digital collage. This past year I launched my blog which
started as a style blog but morphed into my online portfolio/
2) Your artwork has very fresh and yet art nouveau vintage
quality to it. How do you describe your style or aesthetic?
My current style draws heavily from art nouveau imagery with it's
stylized natural forms and I have an affinity for the ideas involved in
the movement. But including references to psychedelic art and
sexuality along with adding hand painted elements brings the focus
towards my own aesthetic which is more rock n' roll and bohemian.
The dichotomy of the edgy rocker and the gypsy free spirit are at
the heart of all the work I do and the things that I love.
3) Do you approach each piece as a story with many layers, or
more as one captured moment?
I see each piece as a window into one world I am creating. It's some
sort of sexy utopian paradise. Arcadia and hallucinated dream world.
The characters spend a lot of time engaging with the natural world
and it's creatures and for some reason end up getting naked and
swimming in mirrored pools. But I'd like to think there's a bit of
menace below the surface. Something not quite right. Which in the
art nouveau world would indicate the encroachment of industry
equalling the destruction of open wilderness and wildlife which is
something I think a lot about.
4) You've started to work with mixed media, most recently
combining photography and illustration.
How does this change how you approach your art?
Well I've always been into photography. I thought at one time I
wanted to be a fashion or music photographer like Anton Corbijn or
Hedi Slimane and I still photograph often. But working for fashion
and style magazines I wanted to show that my illustrations could be
combined with fashion photography for editorials and such.
So now I see a photograph that attracts me and I think about how
I can immerse it into the world I'm creating with my illustration.
Aside from my illustration I have recently been working on photo
collages of musicians so it's exciting to have the combination of
photo and drawing work out in a way that makes me happy.
5) You are based in New York City, how does this effect
your work, if at all? Actually I am living a bit outside of the city at the moment. It's
heartbreaking for me to be away from the bustle and culture.
It's inspiring to be around so many creative people and so much
diversity in art. But there is also something to be said about creating
your art in a more isolated place surrounded by nature. It allows you
to be influenced only by what is in your head in the absence of so
much stimulation. Not sure if that's a good thing or not.
I am planning on living in a city again soon. Maybe I will move
to L.A to see what palm trees and ocean waves inspire me to do.
6) What's next for you?I would love to continue to combine photography with my art and
collaborate with photographers. I am also very interested in
collaborating with designers, jewelry and fashion, package and cd
design, textiles. I can see so many different amazing applications
for my art so I am excited and open to tons of ideas. And travel!
At times it's a bit difficult to get out of the world of my computer
and see the world and what other artists are doing.
Partial Client List:
Magazines- NYLON magazine, Standard magazine, Artful Blogging magazine,
See7 magazine, Gourmet magazine, Neomu magazine, Venus magazine,
Clothes Maiden magazine, Woman's Day S.I.P...
Advertising/ Firms- Webster Music Theater (gig posters and ads), Illustration
Works, Freelance Exchange...
Prints/ Books- Galison Books, Book Publishing Co. (2 covers), Artist's &
Graphic Designer's Market (featured artist), C.R. Gibson, Angel Graphics,
Galaxy of Graphics...
Gifts- Hero Arts, Designs Ink'd, The Angel Company, Third Coast, Magenta,
Rubbermonger, Cards n' Stamps...
Galleries- Cooley Gallery, Hawk Gallery, David James Gallery, Designer
Contact me for a full client list and resume.