Monique Jivran creates striking collages of ink-drawn images. She often combine vibrant drawings with urban embroidery and sometimes vintage fabrics.

Where did you train, and what did you specialise in?

Textiles and Fine Art at Winchester School of Art.

What's your favourite tool?

It has to be my waterproof ballpoint pen. Every piece starts with a drawing.

What techniques to do you use most?

All my works start with a sketch. I’ll then use digital editing to collage it all together. 

What has been your favourite piece you've created?

My favourite piece is called ‘I’m half a hippie’. I like the balance of embroidery to drawing. Its composition makes the piece feels as if you could step into the work.

What kinds of materials do you work with?

Pigment fine-liner pens, HB pencils, watercolours, vintage fabrics and embroidery skeins.

What (if any) computer packages do you use?

I love Adobe Photoshop.

Which clients have you worked for, and where have you exhibited your work?

To name a few, I’ve had work shown at the Latitude festival, worked for The Big Issue, The National Alzheimer’s Society and had pieces published in Sketchbook and Who’s Jack magazines.

Who are your dream clients?

I would love to create some work for Urban Outfitters or Anthropology. The visuals that surround their brands are always incredibly striking and memorable.

What inspires you?

My work gains inspiration from overheard conversations and is heavily influenced by schemas and mnemonics. I’m fascinated with the universal language of objects.  

Favourite blog

There’s a blog called Three Beautiful Things, in which the writer blogs daily about three things that have touched her that day. When life gets really busy, it reminds me to see the beauty in everyday things. 

Embroidery and illustration, self portrait