Amourette, real name, Lianne Cheál, is a final year University of Brighton, BA Illustration student, and also a friend. We caught up with her by asking some questions. Attempting to delve into her creative mind, one that is set aside from others, unique, if you will.
Lianne, you go under the name Amourette for your illustration, can you tell us about that and the creation of your illustration style?
I have always been a little at odds with my real name … And I think I’ve always been drawn towards pseudonyms due to their slightly theatrical nature, so it seemed appropriate to ‘brand’ myself with an artist identity that I felt fitting with my work, and also to keep everything else private. ‘amourette’ is almost like a little French pet name, ‘little love’ which is sort of cute and romantic but ambiguous too I think. As for my visual style – I’ve always been quite fascinated by the mixing of light and dark and, lately, very much of texture. My illustrations and photographs can appear quite light, but there’s always something a little bit off.
You’re a final year Illustration student at Brighton University. How crucial do you feel the past 3 years have been to practicing your craft?
I have learned an incomprehensible amount since becoming a Brighton student, and that also extends to the two years of foundation I took at one of their partner colleges in Hastings. A particular tutor; Joanna, really encouraged me to believe in my own voice and helped me to push my visual style into a new textural realm with my first 3D work.
I have also witnessed the most incredible amount of talent through my peers on my course and I’m sometimes quite certain that some of them have must have magic powers. Needless to say, I’ve had to dramatically increase my work ethic.
What has been your favourite part of the course? It could be a particular module, or a skill you were surprised and happy to learn?
Making my first hard-back book by hand, and flicking through was one of the best moments I can remember. The feeling of producing something very polished and perfected but also utterly yours is one of the best pay-off moments in design.
You can speak fluent Japanese, does Japanese culture play a part in your artwork?
Although I don’t consider myself fully fluent, I am always trying to improve my Japanese ability! Aside from a few illustrations and pipe dream to design a kimono print, I do not tend to draw things that are recognisably Japanese. Rather, I am highly influenced by illustrators and photographers from Japan, as well as their approach to branding and fashion. Writing about my work in Japanese also enabled designers and shop owners from Japan to find my work through social media, and last summer I was able to sell my work in a tiny but gorgeous little boutique called ‘Tougenkyo’ (Eden) in Osaka, which was a dream come true. My ambition is to sustain opportunities like that!
If someone was to describe your artwork in 5 words, what would you like those words to be?
I hope that people might view my work as ‘ethereal,’ ‘melancholy,”unique,’ ‘meticulous’…’haunting?’ If I achieved a few of those, I would be very proud!