INSPIRING MOTHERS AND THEIR STORIES.
WE SIT DOWN WITH WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO DISCUSS LIFE, WORK AND MOTHERHOOD
(and not just because of her watercolours!).
Mindful of her creativity from an early age, Pip explains ‘I always loved drawing and painting and art was my best subject at high school; however, I never contemplated following it as a career path.’ It wasn’t until after a University degree and working in advertising for five years that she said she ‘plucked up the courage to take the plunge’.
And thank goodness she did!
Pip’s story is really an inspiration to others wanting to pursue their creative dream.
“In those early days after making the switch I just painted and painted every spare moment, while working a part-time office job to pay the bills. After about three years of juggling the two, I made another big decision to do [painting] full-time, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made,” she explains.
‘Kids are only young once and we don't want to miss it, but it is possible to do both, just not at the speed that you might have been used to, and that’s ok’ she explains. ‘It is easy to put a lot of pressure on yourself to 'keep up' with others and even with your former self’ explains Pip.
Her words are an inspiration to others who might be struggling with the day-to-day; juggling motherhood, work and general life.
“I am slowly learning and have to remind myself daily to be in it for the long haul…to keep plugging away with the faith that there will be a time in the future when the toil and hard work now will start to pay off a lot more.”
Lastly, a few cheeky questions -
Are you the cook at home? What is your favourite midweek go-to meal?
I'm not a huge eater of meat; so I cook it a few times a week for my husband but we do end up eating a lot of fish and pretty much as many colours of vegetables as I can cram into any given day! At the moment I'm doing lots of roast veggies with cumin and cinnamon and turmeric - it's really warming and tastes so good. I also cook a lot of Indian style curries from scratch - once you have all the spices on hand it's such an easy meal to make in big batches. They're really fragrant but mild enough for our little girl to eat too, which is a double win!
Which other Australian designers, artists or creative people are you loving at the moment?
I love the work of a local Brisbane artist Sam Cranstoun - his work is smart and thought-provoking and always makes me smile. I am also loving the colours and tones in the work of an oil-painter named Kiata Mason who paints lovely still life scenes. And then, I am always following and drawing inspiration from about a thousand different florists on Instagram.... I paint a lot of flowers so am obsessed with everything floral! The compositions and colours provide endless inspiration to me.
What special [clothing] pieces do you think are important for young children?
I find it's really lovely to have a couple (2 or 3 is always enough for me!) really lovely outfits for each stage as your baby grows, and you just wear them to death. In Summer, Sydney had a couple of really beautiful rompers that she would wear pretty much every week so when she finally grew out of it, it didn't feel like such a waste. Kids get so grubby a lot of the time so they don't need to be always wearing something perfectly cute and clean; but it's really lovely to have a few special outfits in the mix.