TO STASH WORLD AAAND BEYOND!

The Beyond Stash World series explores the humans behind the stickers and stationery that we have the pleasure of stocking. Learn more about what inspires your fave makers and where you can discover more of their creations. 

 

Tell us a little about who you are and where your love of art began?

My name is Georgia! I have a sweet tooth, love house plants, and have many tattoos with every growing plans for more. I’ve always been a person with a creative and imaginative mind, and growing up I was always interested in art, drawing and painting. I did art through primary and high school and actually planned to do fine art at uni but I ended up doing graphic design instead. Honestly this might have been my best anxiety driven decision though, because it allowed me to explore a new creative path through design and still keep my passion for fine art seperate. Throughout high school and uni is where my art really began to take shape as I used it as an avenue to explore fashion, self identity and expression. After I graduated uni though was when I truly had the time to start making and posting on social media more regularly, which is when my little freelance biz started to form!  

 

Please describe your creative space – whether it's your art studio or the backyard.

My creative space recently got a pretty big upgrade! My partner and I moved last November to a bigger rental where I now have my own room to use as a studio which is so exciting as previously we shared an office space - it became quite cramped with an artist and someone with a passion for music to share one room. I’m still organising and changing the layout of my studio but it’s already so perfect - plants, art supplies and so much creative business merch and art everywhere! I’ve also got a corner with for my tufting set up which is lovely. 

 

Geo Illo Creative space

 

What inspired you to start your business?

When I started taking art more seriously I watched a lot of creative people on YouTube who were able to make a living off of selling their art. From this point on I knew it was a dream of mine to one day be sell my art and to hopefully go completely freelance one day! For me my creative purpose is to make art that is very playful and full of colour that inspires curiosity and provides a bit of an escape and reprieve from reality for a minute. I want my art to bring quiet joy and gentle warmth to anyone who needs it. 

 

Tell us about the inspiration behind some of the pieces you’ve made. 

Honestly my inspiration comes from everywhere! I love painting landscapes and animals and still life and people and fashion etc, usually when I look for references I gravitate towards fun colours and textures and shapes. I like to think I’ve got on glasses that have the saturation turned all the way up haha! I also enjoy exploring memories, experiences and spaces, usually through still life. 

 

Who’s your favourite singer or band at the moment?

I have a few artists I’m enjoying at the moment including Lorn, Sewerslvt, GAO the Arsonist, and A L E X.

 

Are you a sticker user or do you hoard them?

I definitely used to be a sticker hoarder but I’m trying my best to go through my current stash and put stickers everywhere!!  

 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making your art?

I loooove plants so much and caring for my houseplants is something I enjoy a lot. I recently painted and assembled a cabinet to use an as indoor greenhouse which is exciting! Honestly between Geo illo and my currently full time graphic design day job I don’t have a lot of spare time but I would love to explore upcycling some old clothes. 

 

Of course, we have to ask, what’s your favourite piece you’ve made? Please include a photo

My favourite pieces I’ve made definitely include my Knick-Knacks exhibition piece. I’m also really proud of my Gentle Encouragement apparel and my Springtime Sorbet paintings that I made for Inktober last year.  

Geo Illo favourite works 

Where can we find you? 

TikTok: @geo_illo

Email: geo_illo@outlook.com 

Instagram: @geo_illo

Website: www.geoillo.com/