Monstrous Pencil: January Artist of the Month January 04 2017
Well well welcome to 2017! To spark off a bit of colourful intrigue to the year we've been chatting to the glorious genius behind Monstrous Pencil, Galia! amongst other things she explains her tiny factory process and gives us all an amazing brownie recipe to try.
Tell us a bit about yourselves. Can you recall how and why you became a maker?
Hello! I am Galia and I am a serial maker - my main job is writing music but the urge to make has spilt out into making prints, necklaces, bags, cards and anything else that night occur to me. I have always been obsessed with making things - my Mum always said that i never asked to make, I would shout “I need to make NOW” - and actually nothing’s changed!
What are your main inspirations and influences for the work?
For my necklaces, probably abstract constructivist art, graphic design and great typography. I was brought up in a very creative household and that’s certainly played a big part in my obsession with making stuff too.
What is the process?
I spend a lot of time dreaming of colour combinations and form and then I start mixing colours and making beads. I use a type of plastic clay called polymer clay. Once I am happy with a shape or colour or pattern, I’ll assemble a couple of test necklaces. If i’m happy with them, then after that, it’s like a tiny factory here - lots of Spotify, tea and piles upon piles of blocks of clay everywhere. Heaven!
Where are you based and how does that affect your work?
I left London in the summer after living there my whole life and moved to Sussex with my family. I think perhaps my colours are becoming more muted but I’m not sure if that’s a direct result of my new rural life.
What do you enjoy most about being a maker?
I love the momentum of it - that spark of a new idea is so compelling and then seeing it through from an idea to a real tangible object never fails to thrill me! Whether it’s a new album, piece of art or new product design, it’s that same feeling of excitement.
I know it's just gone, but go on, tell us, what is your favourite thing about Christmas?
My favourite thing about Christmas is the delicious nostalgia of remembering every previous Christmas and all the hysterical cosy family action. Aaaah…. Christmas…. hi there….
Those “three ingredient” Nutella brownies that sound too good to be true: THEY’RE NOT. They’re amazing. Impossible to balls up. 400g Nutella, 2 eggs, 65g self raising flour. Mix it all up and bake for half an hour on 170 degrees. Bloody hell - what alchemy IS THIS?