Brook Gossen

Brook is an incredible artist! Really passionate this wonderful artist is from Brisbane, Australia. She lives with her husband and her 3 kids. 

How would you describe yourself?

I’m an ambivert, I love my solitude but also like to connect with people that are close to me often, as long as it’s in a small group and not at a party haha. I always have a smile and like see the positive in pretty much everything and everyone. 

Wonderful art from Brook Gossen

How would you describe your art?

I would say that my style is bold with a little whimsy, fresh with a bit of fun and simple with sweet, hand drawn feel.

How would you describe your field?

I mainly work in surface pattern design. It’s a wide ranging field with so many styles and mediums and I’m one in a huge pool of amazingly talented women and men. It’s tough but so incredibly rewarding seeing my designs on products. A lot of us work from home on our own and thanks to social media interact with each other, and the community is incredibly supportive.

What do you want to say through your art?

 My art is pretty simple really, I want people to feel happy when they view it. I love exploring colour and texture and want my work to be playful and easy to relate to. I just want it to brighten someones day.

What / Who inspires you?

Escaping from the city to the forest or beach recharges my battery, and we get away as often as we can. It allows us to just be in the moment, relax and enjoy the little things. Those escapes often bring about a lot of new work, either simple shapes from the local flora or colours from the landscape that surrounds me, or simply just the relaxed vibe evoked in an illustration or pattern. We are bombarded with beautiful imagery on a daily basis and there’s quite a few that resonate with me. Monge Quentin, Melanie Johnsson, Ariel Lee, Inès Longevial to name a few.

Does your work comment on your social or political issues?

Not usually, but occasionally I do feel the need to express myself in that regard, like raising awareness for equality for women. I have 2 daughters and one son, who need to be aware of what is going on in the world. I want all three to know that they can grow up and be total badasses while still being respectful to each other and complete equals.

Wonderful illustration from Brook Gossen
Beautiful illustration from Brook Gossen

What obstacles have you faced?

My obstacles are all pretty much self inflicted! Imposter syndrome definitely raises it’s ugly head from time to time, and once I recognise it, and tell myself it’s complete bullshit (excuse me!) I’m usually ok. I am not very good at selling myself either, so usually let projects come to me, rather than putting myself out there. Also a common malady for creative types.

What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?

There’s enough room for all of us, so just keep putting your work out there. I’ve done a couple of 100 day challenges and I highly recommend doing something like that, even for 30 days. It pushes you to create more work and sometimes with topics you wouldn’t usually gravitate towards, which in turn is great for your portfolio. If need be don’t do the project in 30 or 100days, just focus on getting that number done in a timeframe that works for you.

On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?

I’m lucky enough to have a fabulous agent here in Australia and her support has been invaluable. I don’t doubt that it has helped get me to where I am now. She saw something in my work and helped get it out into the world and for that I am truly grateful.

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