Tell us a bit about yourself Percie?
Hi Papio Press! My name is Percie Edgeler, and I’m from Greenwich in London. I am an illustrator who works primarily using collage with hand made textures to make narrative and reportage based work. I really like children’s toys, and have a small collection of weird ones from my travelling to other countries; the pride of which is a Japanese doll bought in a Brooklyn junk shop that I’m told looks like Tom Hanks. I’m probably a bit old fashioned in my world views in terms of enjoying print but disliking digital books to some extent, or preferring classical architecture to modernist. I also find puns and bad jokes hilariously funny, so my head is probably half in a bygone era most of the time.
Whats your weapon of choice?
Mainly I use collage within my illustration work; but I don’t like using other people’s images they’ve photographed or worked hard on, so my way around that is to make images that are more textile based.
When I make textures for my collage, I do it from a wide range of materials. Some of the ones I’ve used a lot are watercolours and masking fluid, along with marbled paper. More recently I’ve been trying out some new things, like using monoprint and pencil textures, but I’m not sure they’re quite ready just yet to put out into the world! I feel like using carbon paper might also produce some interesting outcomes. I also sometimes use photoshop to rearrange images, or for animation.
What’s your ideal job/commission?
My ideal job would be working with books or in print, either making my own books or creating images for ones which other people have written. To make a worthwhile set of illustrations for a book is something I would find extremely satisfying. If someone were to keep that book because they loved the images, that’d be the best possible outcome for me. Creating something people enjoy and treasure is the most exciting thing; if a child or adult picks up a text and is inspired by the drawings to read more, that’s great. I find that in the modern world people rarely take the time to enjoy a book because there’s so much else going on. It’s fine to do those other things, but also the relaxing element of just laying back with a good book is very fulfilling.
Tell us the story behind the images you’ve sent us?
The images of plants are from sketches I made in the New York Botanical Gardens. I went there late in 2014, and was really taken with all the colours and vibrance of the gardens. Despite living in the greenest area in London, it made me realise that in the city it’s so rare to see green spaces. Although there was a commercialised American feel to it, I think it made me appreciate the variety of a lot of lifeforms more. The variety of plants that were there was amazing, so much so that I’m still working on images of it until this day.
The other image is far more contrasted to the plants, in some ways. I drew The Half Moon in Herne Hill, London after the building closed down; sketching it on site and then creating several images of it, of which this was the most successful. Despite hearing stories about how it had been a pub in some form or another for two hundred years and had a friendly atmosphere and how it’s often closed and reopened as the same thing, last time I checked the building was still completely shut down. But it’s still a very beautiful building. Even the lamps outside have stained glass in, and the windows and sculpting of the features of the building are stunning to look at. Even if it does reopen, I’d be worried now that they’d lose all these features as some councils seem to not be too concerned by pieces of original architecture. But for now it’s still there, and I’m hoping somebody sensible will take it on and bring the building back to it’s former glory without destroying it’s value as a piece of art.
Thanks Percie! Your work is so interesting and unique!
To contact Percie email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
To view more of her work visit: www.percieandbert.tumblr.com,
Or follow @bertsjumper on twitter or at percie.e on Instagram