|2/9/22 - 8/9/22
|Postal exhibitions are back!
OUTPUT is thrilled to unveil the first in our second series of postal exhibitions, by Cheshire-based illustrator Millie Chesters.
print compiles drawings of multiple subjects which she was prompted to
draw by navigating Wikipedia via the 'random article' button. This
array of characters and objects reflects the wealth of information at
our fingertips, and the particular mindset that many of us emerged from
lockdown with - internet-addled, and deeply immersed in our own most
niche interests. Now we are firmly in the so-called 'post-pandemic'
era, and the rhythms of conteporary life have resumed, this piece
reminds us to find time to pause and allow ourselves to be surprised.
joyfully expressive drawings are a reflection of her busy mind and many
varied influences. She has recently worked on projects with Halton
Libraries, Homotopia, Ty Pawb and Liverpool Slavery Museum.
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WITH MILLIE CHESTERS
How did you go about making this work?
started the way I do with every project - an inky pen on many sheets of
cheap printer paper. I then scanned all the drawings in and added
colour in photoshop. Being able to make it into a riso print allowed me
to really lift the colours and play around with gradients, so that was
This print is a Risograph - have you worked in Riso before? What are your favourite print mediums/why?
worked with Riso a few times. I was first introduced to it during my
first week of uni. I think my favourite print medium is riso because of
it’s possibilities. It is a more environmentally friendly way of
printing and it looks so amazing. Also being able to use fluorescent
colours is always a win for me.
Why did you decide to start drawing random subjects from Wikipedia?
was stuck inside and struggling to find inspiration. I absentmindedly
clicked on the Wiki bookmark on my web browser one day and noticed how
their homepage features different articles daily. The idea just
appeared before me - to click on ‘random article’ and see where it
could take me!
There are a lot of sports players in the image, is that a particular interest for you?
tend to draw people/figures/portraits, and as a huge football fan, I
naturally love drawing sports. The motion of it, the colours and the
outfits. It’s just a lot of fun.
Did you notice anything about the “random” selections?
I noticed a lack of women. It made me wonder if women are overlooked in history.
Were there any subjects you didn’t draw?
aimed to draw most of the things that came up. I noticed that I had a
bias towards drawing sportspeople, though, so once I felt I’d drawn too
many, I decided that I should skip them out. Maybe my next project
could be to draw every sportsperson who comes up.
How did you get your start in art & who are your biggest influences?
been constantly drawing since I was little. I’ve always been encouraged
and supported by people around me so doing it as a job has always been
my aspiration. My first gig was with The International Slavery Museum -
so shoutout to Hwa Young Jung for asking me to work on that project! My
biggest influences, to name a few - I love Jason Polan, Jillian Tamaki
, Josh Cochran, Laura Carlin.
Why did you choose to focus on illustration?
foundation art tutor told me that my style is very illustrative. I went
to the LJMU degree show in 2015 and I realised that it was something
I’d really like to do.
What have been your favourite projects to work on to date, and why?
done 3 issues with tennis magazine RACQUET now, and they’re among my
favourite people that I’ve worked with. Each project with them has
really allowed me to draw in a joyful way, and getting to draw
tennis-related things is just great.
What are your goals for the future?
love to establish myself more in editorial illustration, design a beer
label, work with Manchester United, or The Lionesses. I’d also love do
an album cover. Lots of big goals!