Isobel Kate Scott

  • Words . Katharine Kennedy

Art | April 12 2017

Isobel Kate Scott, an Australian artists based in London, describes her job as ‘crafting around’. When she isn’t busy creating giant disco balls, print-making for a five-storey building mural or hand-embroidering commissioned denim jackets you can find her in her home-studio illustrating, painting or characterising plasticine. Isobel’s craft is her ability to excel at everything she touches, quite literally. The multi-disciplinary artist is happiest when using her hands, constructing and developing art from scratch.

Scott gained her BA Hons in Illustration through Falmouth School of Art, a university that boasts graduates such as Tate regulars Hew Locke and Tacita Dean. She’s thankful the degree permitted her to ‘taste-test’ the varying aspects of art, eventuating in her love of the contemporary and illustration. Although she initially worked as a Studio Manager, Scott recognised that she craved a more hands-on art experience.

Isobel moved towards practical work underneath prominent artists including French-designer Camille Walala, signature scarfs designer Charlotte Simone and boundary-pushing artists Tracey Emin (markedly known for her controversial, self-portrait I’ve Got It All, Emin facing the camera with legs splayed cradling an armload of banknotes and coins at her crotch). She has also illustrated her hero’s in Yen Magazine, the amusing group encompassing rebel Sarah Lucas, eccentric Wes Anderson and ‘the queen of all craft’, Isobel’s mum.

She is is an inspiring talent, equally refreshing in her humility and humour and notably known for her colourful, figural and honest illustrations and paintings.

She ensures her portrayal of realistic situations is both frank and funny, her voyeuristic scenarios often saturated in both colour and satire. The rich hues against refreshing highlights perfectly embodying Australia; as does the sunburned skin of her caricatures.

Isobel says she uses bright colours to emenate Australian culture and its influence on art, similar to that of Ken Done in his landmark prints. She also wanted to highlight the Sydney sun she so misses while living in grey London. This eye for detail, hilarity and thirst for vibrancy has imparted a notable aesthetic from Scott, whose work is a clever blend of contemporary and nostalgia.

Isobel is currently utilising her applied skill working in art departments, manufacturing set design and props. She enjoys the variety of her role,  saying one day she could be creating enormous, large-scale sets and the next she could be peeling fifty eggs (yes, true story). The role is social, which suits her bubbly and warm nature “It’s interactive, and you can talk to all types of people”, she says. She also admits she works best in a structured environment, joking about how one can otherwise find themselves in pyjamas at midday, conceding “and then it turns out you don’t brush your teeth until late morning”.

Most recently Isobel has delved into Claymation, the creating and filming of characters made out of plasticine. She confesses she is very much still an amateur, stating that she uses her phone to film. Albeit being a novice, she enjoys the visuals, stating that the bad lighting and observable movement was once described by her friend as being “so bad that it is sweet and charming”. The animations, although homemade, are distinctive to Isobel’s aesthetics, the characters vivid, hilarious and well worth checking out on her Instagram.


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