It's more than likely you've come across Eveline Tarunadjaja's sweet, mischievous work inspired by a love for stories, Asian customs, 70s French soft porn and seafood. One of Australia's emerging illustrators, she's known for her signature girls with cascading hair and her work has been featured in various publications such as Frankie, Grafuck 3, Singles, Vogue Girl, Elle Girl Korea, and FAR.
Eveline's work and reputation have landed her a diverse list of clients, from fashion brands that include Hurley, Billabong, and Anna Sui to record labels and Penguin books. I was thrilled when I learned that Eveline had signed with cwc-i, who represents some of the top fashion illustrators in the world. Needless to say I'm very excited that Eveline has dropped by trustyourstyle to talk about her work and inspirations. I know that you're going to enjoy meeting Eveline as much as I have!
mj: How would you describe your style?
eveline: Custard filled delicacy with a hint of dark humour.
mj: Does fashion inspire or influence your work?
eveline: I draw everything I want to wear that I can't find or I can't afford. At the moment, I'm fascinated by the way fabric flows under water.
mj: What is your favorite project that you've designed so far?
eveline: Doing illustration for Hurley and Anna Sui t-shirts was pretty fun. I also loved doing the packaging illustrations for Obscura, my friends' Melbourne based coffee company.
mj: In terms of your drawing style, who are your influences and how did you develop your style?
eveline: I've always enjoyed film (Jean Pierre Jeunet) and literature (Haruki Murakami) and storytelling in general. I like to focus on characters and their stories, which kind of became a way for me to express my own emotions, silly obsessions and boredom.
eveline: I also get a lot out of vintage art deco and nouveau artists like Aubrey Beardsley and erotic italian artists such as Guido Crepax. I'm fascinated by the amazing detail and subtleties that can sometimes be missed. As for all the hair I draw...I just find it really therapeutic.
mj: Do you have new projects that you're working on?
eveline: At the moment I'm doing work for my upcoming solo show in Melbourne, Australia. I'm also starting a t shirt label which will hopefully start coming together pretty soon.
mj: What would your ideal project be?
eveline: I would love to illustrate more book covers and do more work for advertising and fashion.
Here are A FEW THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT EVELINE TARUNADJAJA:
A) THE FOUR MOST STYLISH PEOPLE THAT INFLUENCED ME:
1 My sister Nina, who is probably the most stylish person I know.
2 Noko Washiyama, one of my bestfriends who is an amazing designer with a really unique style of her own.
4 Coco Chanel
B) FOUR WAYS THAT STYLE MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
1 Makes us all different.
2 Makes stuff less boring to look at.
3 It's fun to play with.
4 With it, not every single party invitation uses the Party Let font.
C) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE DESIGNERS
1 M/M Paris
2 Michel Gondry
3 Beci Orpin
4 Marc Jacobs
D) FOUR JOBS I HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE:
1 Selling notepads in primary school
2 Making coffee and pouring beers
3 In-house designer at a fashion label
E) FOUR MOVIES I WOULD WATCH OVER AND OVER (AND DO):
1 Hana and Alice (Shinji Iwai)
2 The Royal Tenenbaums
3 City of the Lost Children (Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro)
4 The Breakfast Club
F) FOUR PLACES WHERE I HAVE LIVED:
1 Surabaya, Indonesia
2 Melbourne, Australia
G) FOUR TV SHOWS I LOVE TO WATCH:
1 Freaks and Geeks
3 Twin Peaks
H) FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN ON VACATION IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS:
I) FOUR WEBSITES I VISIT DAILY (Or at least Weekly):
1 Gmail - Daily bread
3 Real Estate sites - Sounds so irrelevant but I'm looking for a studio space at the moment.
4 Facebook - yes, i admit it….
J) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS:
1 Grilled seafood from Jimbaran, Bali.
2 Ox tail soup
3 Rawon (traditional Indonesian soup)
4 Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
K) FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1 New York
4 On the couch
Thanks so much Eveline for dropping by! And many thanks to cwc-i for making this interview possible!