Instagram: @jennawennabobenna Website: www.bobennadesign.com
1. What's your story? Where are you from?I’m Jenna(wennabobenna) from Carlisle originally, but I’m currently living in Leeds trying to survive as a freelancer/designer/maker/superhero/lifemodel.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I would describe my aesthetic as fun, colourful and playful. A jumble of shapes and marks layered up to make satisfying compositions. I am an abstract printer, so my aesthetic comes from thinking in layers and through the process of collage.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?Screen-printing is my one true love! On fabric, paper or wood I love the effect it creates. I complete zone out when I print, it’s a mindful act for me, which is super important for my busy busy lifestyle.
4. What is your artistic process like?Mark making, college, then to print. But I like to learn new processes, or create new products to add some excitement now and again. Last year I got into spray painting, and found a more illustrative side to my work. This year I got round to making some furniture!
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?What inspires me? Sometimes the littlest of things get me excited. Like an accidental mark created on a piece of paper. Then others times I am super uninspired, I guess that is the circle of life. But I feel a change of location, visiting somewhere new provides me with a lot of visual stimulation. Last year I lived in Portugal for 6 months and colours/tiles/patterns/textures inspired my most recent work so much!
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?It’s all consuming! If I am happy with what I am creating, I am happy in general. It keeps me excited, optimistic and content. Although admittedly I can be quite hard on myself, so if things aren’t going to plan, everyone knows about it! I think when it is such a personal thing it’s impossible for it not to take over your life. Being creative makes me see experiences, as research - the places I visit, the people I meet, any shop, gallery, hill, tile, are all things that can inform my own practice.
7. Where did you study?Leeds College of Art – Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?My aim at the minute is to save for a van so I can travel and create!
9. What about in ten?In ten years, I will be 35! Society is changing so much I have no bloody idea what situation I will be in. If I am still creating, and not completely skint then I’ll be happy! I am looking forward to having my own house to decorate at some point – I’m imagining Bloomsbury meets Memphis.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?To make myself & someone else happy for a moment or two.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?I cannot escape Pizza at the minute it follows me around!
12. Favourite book?My aim this year was to read more. I don’t believe in favouritism but I loved reading Caitlin Moran’s “How to be a Women”! She is hilarious and great role model for all women!
13. Favourite genre of music?Again, I can’t do favourites. I love psych, jazz, hip-hop, soul and funk! I go through stages but at the moment I am listening to a lot of Hip Hop.
14. What are your hobbies?Art is my most time consuming and expensive hobby! I enjoy trying out weird and wonderful exercise classes, the other day I did arial yoga which was so much fun! I love going to gigs and recently bought a hula hoop, which I plan to get really good at when I move to my new studio space.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?I use to do synchronised swimming; I actually swam for Great Britain when I was 16. So I probably would have gone down the sport/psychology/preforming route.