We’re pretty excited to announce the launch of our collaborative line, Prism x A.Stan. Ania Stanikowski is the Melbourne-based artist behind the moniker and we thought you should get to know her a little better. Especially since you’ll soon be wearing her prints.
When did your first get into illustration?
I can't remember a time I didn’t draw. My mum still has drawings and scribbles from when I was two to three years old. I started doing more professional jobs and commission-based work once I left high school. It was mainly word of mouth stuff. I've been pretty lucky, though. I always seem to have a project I'm working on!
Describe your style in three words.
Unorganised, fun, chaotic.
What inspired your designs for the Prism Collab?
Oh... where do I start? The portrait is actually me. You wouldn’t pick it because I'll almost always disguise myself in illustrations (unless I want the audience to know it’s me). I do have the original selfie it's based off but that’s for my eyes only. The other works are just based off things I've drawn over and over again since high school. Not necessarily the same illustrations but the concepts and style were created and born in high school.
When do you feel most inspired?
I’ve noticed that my best works have stemmed from moments in my life where I’ve gone through ordeals or significant events. I’ve created a lot of art when I’ve experienced sad or stressful ordeals in life. I’ve also been extremely creative when going through positive changes or events. I’m a fairly emotional person, so I’ve noticed that I feel more inspired when I’m going through an episode of emotions. Looking back on past works, I can see what emotion is reflected in each piece of my art.
How is your personality reflected in these designs?
I'm unorganised. I don’t have a routine of how I do things and when I draw, I can see this reflected. My works aren't graphic and neat. They are scribbles from my mind. I also have a huge imagination, so I do surprise myself with what I can come up with.
What themes do you like to explore in your work?
Nudity, a corrupt world and those that push people’s imagination.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
Music. I will play some jams with a huge bass or some explicit rap/hip hop to pump myself up. It sounds so lame but it really works. I also explore other artist’s works for inspiration. I usually go on Tumblr, Instagram or Pinterest and search up hashtags that are related to the theme I’m exploring or creating. Sometimes I’ll also go back and look at my old work or unfinished pieces and I’ll have light-bulb moments and all my old ideas will come back.
What’s your wardrobe staple?
Denim and black. Also my black leather jacket. My entire wardrobe is literally black.
Art is… an escape from reality.
I’ll never wear… crocs or stilettos.
The last song I listened to was… ‘Chill Bill’ Rob $tone.
My most used emoji is… upside down smiley face.
The most important meal of the day is… breakfast.
My worst habit is… biting my nails.
I can’t live without… avocadoes.
My party jam is… ‘My Humps’ Black Eyed Peas.
The best hangover cure is… KFC.
In five years, I will be… travelling the world or living overseas.
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