This week we asked our Top 10 questions to Kristen Solecki, an artist and illustrator currently based in Chapel Hill, NC. Since earning her degree in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Solecki has worked with a variety of clients to create editorial illustrations, book cover art, marketing materials, paintings, and other projects.
When she’s not doing client work, Kristen exhibits her art in galleries around the country, teaches workshops, and curates exhibitions. She is always on the lookout for out-of-the-box projects that use illustration in new and unique ways.
Here are her answers:
My favourite place to be is
Home with my husband and cat, (especially on these winter days with a fire and books).
My favourite object is
This little vintage dish with a sailboat on it that my mom gave me, I use it everyday for my tea.
The last gallery I visited was
Nasher Art Museum at Duke University
I’m currently reading
Theft by Finding:Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
I’m currently watching
The Outsider (on HBO)
I’m currently listening to
The Splendid Table on NPR
My favourite app is
Hoopla, it’s an app through my public library that is a great resource for audiobooks and more.
The last restaurant I went to was
Stella’s in Richmond, VA, terrific food and atmosphere
My dream project would be
A quirky children’s book
My favourite thing about my job is
Being able to cultivate curiosity. The variety of projects I work on comes with a wide range of topics, and I love being able to learn about new things and use them in my illustrations.