Shannon O’Neill creates bright, colourful abstracts, sometimes featuring female characters or animals as well as one-of-a-kind statement jewellery by cutting up and sealing original artworks in resin. Find out more about her here.
For those who don’t know, how would you describe your work?
Bright, colourful abstracts, that sometimes feature female characters or animals. I also create one-of-a-kind statement jewellery from cutting up my original artwork and sealing it in resin.
How did the Shannon O’Neill Original journey begin, what Is your story? Who or what inspired you to begin in your field?
I had been working as a graphic designer for 13 years and I was on maternity leave after having my second child and I created a range of ‘Day of the Dead’ inspired illustrations. Bec from ‘Coloured Pears’ encouraged me to just go for it and get them printed. I am so glad she did. Since then I have continuously been creating artwork (my range of prints has increased to 100), had a solo exhibition of original paintings and I have refined my jewellery making to a point where I am really happy. I love the fact the jewellery melds between art and fashion.
What are your current artistic influences and what inspires you to carry on doing what you’re doing?
I just love to paint and create, it is just a part of me. I’m inspired by nearly anything but at the moment! I find fashion, life and colour combinations a real source of inspiration (especially old paint palettes in my studio).
What’s a typical day for you?
Starts and ends with a coffee 🙂 Each day is different, I juggle creating art, jewellery making, working part-time as a graphic designer and being a mother to Lily who is 5 and Jake 3.
Which other designers are you looking forward to seeing when you come to Bowerbird 5-7 May?
There are so many amazing talented designers, it’s hard to name a few but I look forward to seeing both interstate and local designers’ new work, and especially those who are debuting at Bowerbird, although I am usually too busy to get a good look!
What’s your favourite piece of your own work that will be available for at the Bowerbird Design Markets?
Oooh that is also a hard one, probably my jewellery range cut from my original artwork, its so exciting to make as each piece is unique.
What advice would you give other aspiring artists and designers?
Stick at it and be original.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with anyone who is reading this and coming to Bowerbird?
It’s always a good idea to check out the designer directory first online at http://bowerbird.net.au/designer-directory before you go.