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Georgia Perry is one of Australia’s most in demand freelance graphic designers. She creates colourful graphic prints and pop culture-inspired illustration, and has produced work for Tkay Maidza, Adidas, Blackmores, and The Strand. Georgia Perry’s style is characterised by large bold images and the use of bright colours and patterns — they’re hard to miss, in the best way possible. Her range of celebrity lapel pins gained her widespread attention online and last year she made the big move from Sydney to Melbourne, where she is currently working on her first ever solo exhibition.

For most of your career you have been based in Sydney, what made you choose to relocate to Melbourne? How has it affected your work and the way you make it?

My boyfriend got offered a job in Melbourne last year. My work is really flexible (I work from home) and we were ready for a change so it just seemed like the right thing to do. We moved in the middle of winter, so it was a pretty rough adjustment but I really love it here now. The way I work hasn’t really changed but I think experiencing new places/things always seems to get ideas flowing. I still love Sydney but it was becoming harder and harder to make cool stuff happen there – you just get a sense that Melbourne values creative culture a little more.

You worked on the visuals for Tkay Maidza’s lives shows, how did that come about?

I do a lot of work for the music industry and I think that job came up after I did a bunch of show imagery and merch for Nina Las Vegas. It’s amazing seeing my work on a huge scale like that and Tkay is such a badass. I love her.

Your work stands out with graphic cut-outs and your exceptional use of colour, I get the feeling that you might like Andy Warhol?

I do! I like a lot of different artists from different eras. Other favourites include Keith Haring, Stuart Davis, Barry McGee and Yayoi Kusama – mainly people who use colour and pattern in amazing ways.

Your work takes inspiration from pop art and pop culture, and people may know you from your celebrity series of lapel pins, which included the faces of Oprah, Kanye West, Jay Z, Beyonce, the cast of Seinfeld, and more. Can we expect anyone else to join the collection? 

I’m a little obsessed with pop culture – it’s kind of impossible to escape from. Late last year I decided to immortalise some of my favourite icons in enamel pin form. They were a total piss-take – a bit of a comment on our point in time and culture, but they’ve been super popular which is funny/cool. I’m always adding new designs/faces to the collection – so you’ll have to stay tuned.

You created a really cool poster for adidas’s recent Supercolour campaign, what inspired its creation? Are there any other streetwear/sportswear companies that you would like to work with?

I loved working on that poster – the brief was so open, I just had to honour the adidas Superstar shoe in some way. I looked at advertising / poster design of the 1960s (when the first Superstar shoe was released) and then included other little hidden references, things like RUN DMC, and a nod to Mark Gonzales ghosts. I’d love to work with adidas again – maybe on some packaging or textile patterns.

You’re about to open your first ever solo exhibition, congratulations! What did you want to achieve with your first ever show?

Most of my work exists on a screen, a poster or a book – so I really wanted to push myself to work in a 3D space, and see my ideas come to life in a new setting. I don’t really start out with any end goal in mind – just with the hope I can make people’s eyes and hearts feel good.

If you enjoy Georgia’s work you can check out her first ever exhibition, Shape Up, which is running until October 10 at Lamington Drive, 101A Sackville St, Collingwood. See the full event details via Facebook.

To see more from her check her out on Instagram.