On the cover: ‘Hindsight’ by Kate Banazi
How do you go about creating your work?
I start by planning with pencil and paper, then move to computer for film work and then on to silkscreen. Through all these processes, the nature of the final piece changes, because screenprinting is such a physical process and there are often subtle, unexpected nuances and imperfections that are spontaneous which I am unable to get any other way. These elements of surprise often add to its character and if it’s a multi-layered piece they often come out more like a painting than a screenprint.
What’s the thinking behind ‘Hindsight’, the piece you created for our front cover?
The idea was to represent looking to past events and using that information with an eye to the future. I wanted it to be slightly chaotic, but with a graphic line background to give it a grid to ground it. I hope it reflects Delayed Gratification’s ethos of Slow Journalism and review.
How was your quarter?
January to March was amazing, probably the stand out three months of my time here in Australia so far. It feels like the last four years of hard work have finally come to fruition. I’ve just finished designing the prints for Dion Lee, an Australian fashion designer who’ll be showing his collection in London in September. I’ve had a solo exhibition which I’d been working on for six months and amongst a few other great projects and jobs, I was asked to do the cover of this salubrious magazine – honoured! I think I’ve finally settled in to my environment and stopped feeling like I was on a weird working holiday. Although it’s still a very strange concept for me that I can pop down to the beach every weekend for a couple of hours before lunch or swim outside at my local pool all year round without getting frostbite. Moving to inner-city Sydney from Cricklewood has been a shock to the system.
Australia is one of the few countries without a large national debt – in fact it’s set to post a surplus next year. How did it feel watching Europe crumble under the weight of its debts this quarter?
I feel very fortunate to be in Australia as I see what’s happening in Europe and the US. It’s a strange feeling being so far away from home knowing how hard the economic climate is hitting everyone there. Even although Australia will balance its budget, there are still a lot of people here who have been badly hit. A lot of manufacturing jobs are being lost and the new jobs that are being created are casual, leaving people feeling less secure about the future.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve got a few editorials, a fabric design project, perhaps a record cover and some more print development for Dion. All varied and very different so it keeps my life lively and interesting, if slightly confused.
You can see more of Kate Banazi’s work and buy prints and original pieces at www.katebanazi.com
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