A chat with the designer behind the Melissa + CSC campaign
Chrissie Abbott is a designer and artistic director based in London. With a unique vision of art and reality, she mixes references and creates in motion.
In Chrissie's hands, color, drawings, pictures, and collages become GIFs.
Recently she was invited to create the animated images for the release signed by Dazed Digital for our new collab with British brand The Cambridge Satchel Co.
“I’m kind of a GIF addict”, she says.
Straight from a trip around Australia, Chrissie took some time to answer a few of our questions.
Your work is very much based on collages. Would you say the world today is pretty much a collage itself? No one needs to be just one, belong to one single group. There’s a mix of people, spaces, cultures…
Yes, definitely! Things overlap, there are many different textures and layers to experience, things can be unexpected and that’s what I really like about collage as a medium, the results can sometimes be different or better than you expected, by accident.
How does art complements the world of today?
Art is a visual commentary of the world, whether it be good or bad or political, it’s an expression and I think that is really important.
How do you get inspired? How does your creative process work?
I think that ideas come from everywhere, I love nature and being outside but I also really love watching trash TV. I embrace the whole spectrum and try to be inspired by everything.
What about other artists you love?
I love the work of Sister Corita Kent and how her work was such a positive and vibrant expression. Roger Dean is another one of my favourites and Tadanori Yokoo.
And these GIFs you've created for Melissa + CSC, where did they come from?
I wanted to create something fun that brought the collaboration to life, something a bit off-beat and surreal.
Gifs are a very trendy thing right now. How is it like to give movement to your drawings?
It’s really fun, it brings a different dimension to my work which I really enjoy. I’m kind of a GIF addict!