Introducing talented illustrator and papercut artist, Jessica Tickle
Hello 🙂 My name is Jessica Tickle and I’m an illustration student at Kingston University in London.
I was born in Croydon in south London, but moved to a quiet little village in Cambridgeshire when I was 9, so I had a bit of city life and a bit of country life before deciding for myself 🙂 When I was little I liked drawing but I loved creating! Especially things that could be played with or used, like tiny paper boxes and paper doll books. My favourite children’s story was a pull out book of a big old block of flats where you could see each family at different times of the day (I’m still looking everywhere for that book), it sounds creepy but it was just beautiful.
During my foundation course I came across tunnel books which sparked a huge interest in the world of paper cutting and paper sculpture and led me onto a degree in Illustration. I’m in my third and final year at Kingston now and I still absolutely love it, there is a vibe here from both the tutors and the students that I haven’t found anywhere else, I don’t know if its the buzz you get when thousands of creatives are in one place, but I am constantly inspired.
When I’m not drawing or cutting or sticking or trying to come up with ideas, I work part time as a waitress. It helps clear my head sometimes when I have been struggling with tiny bits of paper all week! In the rare moments I have time, I love watching films, particularly old ones with Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly in and reading- this includes children’s books where I mainly gorge over the pictures! I love travelling home on quiet weekends as I miss the countryside a lot being away in London, as well as my family and pets of course 🙂
My work quite often stems from the things I am most interested in or passionate about. I’m a big believer in the protection of forests and jungles (it really saddens me to think that there might one day be no greenery left) so there is quite often a lot of nature in my work. Plus, animals are a lot of fun to draw so that is an added bonus! I also love illustrating history, there is something really magical about what has been and gone and about showing how the world is changing. I would also say that I love work that has an element of play in it, books that are smaller outside than inside, fold outs and peep-holes into hidden worlds!
I’m currently working on a number of projects for the final year of my degree. The first is a political project that aims to raise awareness about homeless families living around London. The second is an ongoing project based around the protection of jungles and animal habitats (my personal favourite!) and I also have a couple of group projects going on in collaboration with the Royal Opera House and the Natural History Museum too, which is very exciting!
Future Projects and Goals:
After graduation, I would absolutely love to go into full time work as a freelance illustrator and do what I love daily. My work is quite often tailored for children so it would be wonderful to see something published 🙂 I also want to start getting online a lot more as I seem to lack the ability to keep things up to date, so that would be another goal!