Day 43: Abi Hitchins

Today’s creative (@pinup.prints on Instagram) teaches us a very important and valuable lesson: creating and making art not only holds the magical power to uplift others, but it can uplift us (the artists) too. 

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
Hi I’m Abi (@pinup.prints), I’m an illustrator/ painter, although super new to the industry and commercial side of it all. I’ve only recently come out of the 9-5. I’m now focusing solely on creating – currently, portraits!

How did you develop your practice?
I have always been painting and drawing (even when I probably shouldn’t have been, at work or as a child).

I’ve been in sales and retail after dropping out of my art course and in retrospect always neglected my creativity. I hit a brick wall at the very beginning of this year where enough was enough, where I really struggled with all sorts of things such as my identity and mental health. In turn, coming out of that has made me focus on what is really important to me, and what I want to do. 
Visual expression has always come easily to me, I’m really not the best with words, so whether that be a pencil sketch or a comic or even makeup. I’ve always been better expressing myself with an image.

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
The mundane inspires me! My phone notes and my sketchbooks are full of weird and wonderful (mostly weird) doodles of a concept that most of the time doesn’t materialise.

Also, creating portraits and inspiring confidence in others inspires me. In the recipient seeing themselves from a different perspective. I started the current set of portraits by doing just one for a friend and the way that she said how she’s never seen herself in that way before and how beautiful it made her feel, filled me with an incomparable amount of joy. That in turn gives me confidence. I think it’s all about lifting each other up in whatever way we can.

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
To be a creative feminist for me means focusing on my passion and what I am truly drawn to, without moving into a career that I feel like I ‘should’ be doing. As I mentioned, I’ve spent too long in jobs that I feel a ‘powerful’ or ‘successful’ woman should be doing, which I now know I was so very wrong about. It’s about being unapologetic and authentic in whatever it is that you do and not worrying about the ‘ought to’ or ‘should’.

I am so honoured to be a part of, and even more excited for, this amazing community of inspiration and celebration. It’s been so so lovely reading about such an array of people and their stories and seeing such amazing work.

I absolutely love the uplifting, empowering and celebratory nature of Abi’s badass and incredibly beautiful work. I am inspired by the work Abi’s doing in her portraits to highlight and embrace the unique beauty and individuality in us all, which is delicately emphasised by a slight shift of style and perspective! I also want to pause to say that your creative practice IS ‘powerful’ AND ‘successful’ Abi and I’m sure all of your sitters and the fem fam would agree with this. Please show Abi the love she deserves by following her page @pinup.prints and by commenting your thoughts below! Thank you for sharing your story and work with us Abi, we are so delighted to have you join the community.

If you would like to commission one of Abi’s incredible portraits please direct message her via Instagram.

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