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Pippa Toole



Illustration

April 2017





Pippa Toole's work is immediately striking - the style is unique and the characters boast bold personalities. Finding Pippa's work through Instagram, I took a liking to the fact that her work consistently portrays a halloween bad bitch vibe, and her lits of clients and collaborations fully support this theme.

Based in Brighton, she makes posters, pins & prints... as well as a host of hand painted customised clothes. Her ability to alter and change clothing has led her to create some amazing one off pieces that people seem to die for... Such social media comments from fans are ~ Wonderful!!!! ~ Love this 💗 ~ So amazing ~ 💪 ~ 🖤🖤~ Fooking rad ~ Super nice! ✨ ~ ✨ ~ !! ~ This is amazing!! ~ 💥🌟💫🌟💥 ~ Yesss 🙌 ~ Love this!!! ~

I wanted to ask Pippa about what it's like working with dream clients, life in Brighton and musical inspiration.

Ps - Pippa is open to customising leather jackets etc on a commission basis - contact her if you want a super fly jacket!! ~ U deserve it ~













Sophie
Your work is super cool and comes through so consistently. What inspired you or led you to create work with a halloween / bad bitch vibe?

Pippa
The Cramps! They started everything for me.

Sophie
I absolutely love the drawings you’ve done when customising Dr Martens shoes etc. Was that a collaboration or personal work?

Pippa
I actually made a design for them a couple of years ago which was meant to go in to production but fell through, so I have a sample of what could have been tucked away under my bed which I can't show anyone! So that kind of sucks but it was still amazing to go through the process of designing a boot with them. Despite all that I still love hand customising shoes and boots, the result is always very satisfying.
Sophie
What has been your favourite item of clothing / accessory you’ve illustrated so far, and have you customised much of your own clothing in the same way?

Pippa
I recently painted a red leather skirt and I think that's my favourite thing I've done in a while. I don't wear anything I make really apart from a couple of bootleg band badges, maybe one day I'll be cocky enough to wear a jacket I've painted!










Sophie
Do you have any advice to new (or old) illustrators who are struggling to get the kind of clients they want to make work for?

Pippa
Stick with it like I'm trying to! Contact people, the worst thing they can do is say no. And don't let it halt your creativity if someone does say no!

Sophie
Do you think sticking to not just an illustrative style but a specific theme allows you to work on projects that you believe in more, or do you think it pigeon holes you into only producing work for a particular clientele?
Pippa
I'd like to think I wasn't pigeon holing myself with the themes in my work, but at the same time if it works well for you then what's the problem there. If sticking to a particular theme gets me jobs that I want to do then that's great.





Pins / prints and more, available through her store.




Sophie
From what I know, Brighton seems like the kind of place that is full of creative people. What do you like / not like about living in the city when it comes to letting you feel free to create?

Pippa
Brighton has a great creative atmosphere although I think it can be lacking in a contemporary illustration scene sometimes. My friends at Family Store are really filling that gap at the moment, selling small press books, zines, comics and prints as well as opening up a new gallery space upstairs. We need more stuff like that in town. There's lots of dogs in Brighton which I guess is the most inspiring and important thing of all.

Sophie
The slogan ‘BORN TO LOSE’ has appeared a few times in your work - where does this come from and what do you think it says about you as a person?
Pippa
It was in a Cramps song that I heard when I was a teenager and it stuck with me.. I think it's pretty relevant to how I feel most of the time!









Sophie
I really love your ‘HAIL SATAN’ A3 print that you sell in your shop! Do you enjoy designing for risograph printing? / Do you prefer it to designing for standard digital printing?
Pippa
I consider colour a lot more which is the nice thing about risograph printing for me. The hail satan print allowed me experiment with colours I'd never normally use and it tuned out pretty cool. It can also be unpredictable which I like.
Sophie
What is your favourite stage of starting a new project?
Pippa
When it's finished, when I'm over stressing my butt off!
Sophie
Do you have any cool projects you are working on at the moment you could tell us about?

Pippa
I wish!! Just stock piling more leather goods at the moment to paint all over.

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All images are taken from Pippa's Instagram.

Find her website here!

Buy pins & prints etc from Pippa here
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SALE ITEMS: Laser Lippy, Who-Can? Toucan! pin, Introvert, Glammed Up, CUNT (both) & Hollywood

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