Looks like Louis Vuitton weren't the only fashion brand to succumb to Olympics fever. Now that the 2016 Rio Games are literally just around the corner, Australian label Sportscraft has taken inspiration from the far-flung Olympics host city with a special travel collection decorated with the colourful and whimsical drawings of Brazilian artist Ana Strumpf.
With a portfolio spanning illustration, interiors, product design and creative direction, Ana is regularly featured in Vogue Brazil and has been commissioned by brands such as Keds, Bertolucci and Disney. And then there's her spirited scribbles over the mastheads of well-known magazines (think: Another, Vogue, Dazed, Esquire, i-D), which have caught the eye of publishers and followers alike. We sat down with the artist to find out more about her work, inspirations and an unusual creative process involving Skype...
Talk us through the print you designed for Sportscraft. What makes it unique to Rio?
I tried to use my passion for colours and flowers, and translate it into a very tropical pattern. Rio has beautiful flora that should be celebrated.
You regularly illustrate over the mastheads of some of the world's biggest magazines - have any of them given you feedback on your illustrations?
Yes, I had some feedback from i-D, Interview, Vogue Brazil, Vogue Bambini, Nylon Japan, just to name a few. I [have] actually done some commissioned work [for] some of those, and there were some articles about my work featured in others.
You now work with many big brands, but where did you get your big break? How did you start?
I have loved drawing and doodling since I was a kid, but the idea of illustrating on the top of magazine covers came while I was living in New York between 2010 and 2014. It was nothing that I thought through - it was a very organic process. I used to do a lot of Skype meetings, and I always doodled while I was in them. The magazines were there, it started as a joke... then I started posting my work on Instagram (@anastrumpf) and on blogs, and it became viral really quick. I also did an exhibition in a gallery in Sao Paulo. I still can't believe how popular it became!
Looking at your work, there's an obvious attraction to colour and playful prints. Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere - museums, books, trips, streets, my friends, fashion shows, magazines - really everywhere, my radar is always on!
You have a regular column in Vogue Brazil - can you tell us more about it?
I have a monthly column called Olho Magico (magic eye), where I feature my favourite objects from around the globe. And I also have an online show (A Moda da Casa - Fashion Houses) where I go to fashion people's house that I admire and look at their interiors and the way they live. It's very informal, but I love doing it. The videos even feature my illustrations, which is super cute.
Besides illustration, I also work as an interior and product designer (I studied fashion) so for me to be able to put all of my passions together is amazing.
Who are your favourite artists?
So many: Matisse, Keith Haring, Ellswoth Kelly, Alex Katz, David Hockney...
Are there any other Brazilian artists or creatives that you can recommend we check out?
Lots! Adriano Costa, Nazareno Rodrigues, Laura Vinci, Felipe Morozini, Sandra Javera, Kleber Matheus, Ira Trevisan.
The Sportscraft Ana Strumpf travel collection includes trainers, luggage tag, passport holder, canvas tote, cosmetic bag and scarf, and is priced from $49.99. Visit sportscraft.com.au to shop the range.
Discover more of Ana's work at anastrumpf.com.br