I was an okay student in secondary school and have been inclined to “drawing” and “design” when I was younger so naturally, I decided to take a visual communications course in Poly with the support of my parents but I’m sure they were slightly worried letting me trail the art route at times haha. Crunched hard during the 3-year course which I chose to major in illustration. Long hard hours got me through with a humble distinction and I ran with the moniker “Oak & Bindi” and it’s stuck till now. I’ve been painting a whole bunch of murals and working on illustration commissions ever since and am currently running a creative collective called “Tell Your Children” with three friends. We’ve been doing this for four years as of Jan 2018. I work on my personal freelance on the side and run a personal label/side project called “Die Hard Lover” designing/producing tees, merchandise and some content.
How would you describe your style? How long have you been drawing in your current style?
It’s been said that I have a strong yet playful illustration style that is an ode to 90s cartoons with street influence. I’ve been drawing in this style for 5-6 years.
Which colours do you find yourself drawn to?
Am definitely drawn to a more pastel, pink to compliment the teal type of palette. I started working with bolder punchier colours with Die Hard Lover, experimenting with more graphic work particularly in my first collection, drawing inspiration from car parks and bus interiors and messing around with complimentary colours. The third collection transitioned to more muted colours like forest green, nudes and faded pink. I tend to jump from vibe to vibe very quickly haha.
Can the creativity be learned later, or is it something that you’re born with?
I’ve just been really bad at the books when I was younger haha I feel like it’s something you have to enjoy doing. Creativity is broad these days. You could be an engineer or an accountant and if you can make or produce something interesting or insightful out of the environment and knowledge you’re exposed to, to me that’s creativity too. I think some people just have an inclination to express themselves creatively and others just have other passions and expressions.
Which magazines are on your bedside table?
“Wonderland” Nov/Dec 2016
A “Juergen Teller” insert from a “System” magazine
“Highsnobiety” F/W 2016
“Lone Wolf” Vol 13
“Hypebeast” The Foundation Issue
“Brand Balance” NARS Issue
“Design Anthology” Issue 12
And a couple Juice and Men’s Folio Magazines because I have friends in them :>
Can you tell me about some of your interesting projects you’ve had so far?
A most recent one for Charles & Keith was fun. I got to design a couple of digital stickers that went onto a microsite that you could customise your photos with. Tech advances!
Getting to paint at The Madbury Club’s studio with TYC was cool as well. Part of the mural was captured and ran in print one of the issues of Popeye the Japanese magazine. Always thankful for that opportunity.
Also recently last year getting to paint at the XLARGE booth in ComplexCon.
Designing and releasing the Nikes tee was a special one for me as well. I was going through something quite heavy at that time and the release helped me deal with it.
Forming Die Hard Lover and holding a launch party for the collection was one of the bigger things I got to achieve last year as well. At 25, I wanted to curate and work on something that I could call my own, direct it from start to finish. I had a lot of help along the way of course but I was glad to have seen it through and put it out with great response at the end of the day. It was encouraging to have that validation and it drives me to continue exploring more projects with the brand.
That’s where we properly met too! Hahaha, am glad that happened for this to happen.
Have you had any mentors along the way?
Honestly, I’ve learnt the most from the boys in TYC; Kevin, Russell and Deon.
Just being around them day to day and having learned and be around 3 extremely different personalities, our individual struggles, learning from each others’ strengths, motivated by our personal pursuits. It’s definitely rubbed off on me and exposed me to scenes and genres of art and music I would not have known of. I think we compliment each other and fill each others’ needs as a team to make things work.
What is your feel-good day?
I wake up early, wash up, have some lemon water, avocados are ripe and I make avo toast for breakfast, run my Nespresso machine (I like the “Cosi” capsules) and have it with almond or coconut milk. Have all that and watch any vlog by That’s Chic (Rachel Nguyen) or HeyClaire (Claire Marshall) and it will be a good day :>
Are you creatively satisfied?
Hardly! I think everything that is great is a constant work in progress and obsessed with growth. Creativity is never satisfied!
Tell us something nobody knows about you…
I would honestly love to start an all girl creative collective.
That said, where do you see yourself in the next few years? Are there any projects you want to explore?
To jump off that point, I do hope to work with more gal powers in the creative scene the next couple years, get together and be a powerhouse. Also to keep building the conversation and run more projects with DHL now that it’s out in the world. The forever grind!