Jessica Zoob in The Wealden Times
The Wealden Times: What inspires you?
Jessica Zoob: I am inspired by my travels and by the beautiful Sussex Downs I am lucky enough to call my home. I see beauty everywhere and try to capture and reflect it in my work. If you want to see photographs of things which inspire me I quite often post them on Instagram.
WT: What are you currently working on?
JZ: I am currently working on a huge collection called Ecstasy which I am hoping to complete at some point next year. The largest painting in the collection is 3 x 14 m. I am also exploring printing onto metals, copper, brass and steel to create unique Limited Edition series of pieces. I am considering the possibilities of creating some fashion items, possibly bespoke bags. I am also very busy renovating and extending a 400 year old cottage and creating a wildlife garden as well as preparing for my annual Open Studio and I am very excited to show everyone how my latest collection is progressing.
WT: Can you run us through a typical working day?
JZ: That simply doesn’t exist for me, every day is completely different! At the moment the day lasts about 18 hours and feels about four days long!
WT: How do you start your creative process?
JZ: I start with glimmers of ideas which nag away at the edges of my mind. Once I begin the process of building up the layers the works often take on a character of their own.
WT: How has your style evolved over your career?
JZ: My style is constantly changing as I keep discovering new paints and techniques and I want to explore the limitless possibilities of colour on canvas. I don’t ever want to become bored so I keep pushing myself to take greater creative risks.
WT: Where does your work end up?
JZ: In private collections worldwide and in corporate environments with large walls.
WT: Can you tell us a little about your recent collaboration with luxury interiors brand, Romo?
JZ: It was a real pleasure working with Romo. I actually had no idea who they were when they first suggested a collaboration but the quality of their textiles was enough to convince me that they would respect my integrity and create a beautiful collection. I think they achieved that and it is wonderful to get so much positive feedback from new clients across the globe.
Interview courtesy of The Wealden Times.