#DesignMuse Jillian Bennett – First Swim 2016

Jill Bird

Jill Bennett is a fashion illustrator who was born and raised in California, spent some time in Hawaii where she attended college at University of Hawai’i, Manoa, and later moved to the UK where she studied at the Cambridge School of Art where she pursued a postgraduate degree in children’s book illustration.

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A Cali background – check.

An appreciation for the sea – check.

Jill Bird
Jill Bird

An otterlicious talent – check!

Time to learn more about this artist whose designs have us wanting to see more and more…

MalenDyer: Share with us how fashion illustration came into your world.
Jill Bennett: My mom was always into fashion, an FIDM [Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles] graduate. From an early age, she instilled a lot of that interest in me.

JB: However, I didn’t really try fashion illustration until I attended school in Italy for a couple of semesters where I studied fashion illustration and acquired an internship in jewelry design. I then realized I really enjoyed it and continued to design pieces and outfits for fun. It wasn’t until recently where I was able to make into a real career path.

MD: Within the last year or so, there seems to have been a resurgence in the appreciation for fashion illustration, as seen by the work of Garance Doré. Why do you think this is happening?
JB: I really think it has a lot to do with social media and the fact that people are now able to see the process of work a lot more than they would have been able to in the past. I’m sure a lot of people, like me, enjoy seeing the process because sometimes it’s just as magical as the outcome…

Jill Bird
Jill Bird

Read more at First Swim for Summer 2016 – MalenDyer – Jillian Bennett.