I just love a crazy full, infinite Instagram feed, so I follow a lot of accounts, but there are a few stand-out Instagram accounts that I check in on a few times a week to make sure I haven’t missed a single post. @nadianizamudin is one of those accounts, I stumbled upon her work one evening and then had to browse her entire back history. I love her use of color, embroidered embellishment, and playful collage. In this new monthly feature, “Instagram Crush,” I had the privilege of asking this inspiring artist and Instagram creative about her work, process, and thoughts on marketing, balancing a day job with her creative passion and her advice on how to find the Muse when you’re stuck. She was so generous and thoughtful with her answers, I hope you’re as motivated by her devotion to keeping up with her artistic process even as she commutes between three cities, travels for a high-pressure job and spends time with her family! Read on for the interview and more images from her breathtaking Instagram account!
TBI: Your work has this great spontaneous, narrative quality, how much is your process about planning and how much is trial and error?
NN: 99% of my work is spontaneous and in that moment; I do not have an idea what I would do until I am in front of my table and flipping magazines. the 1% lies in knowing that I want to do that particular day.
For example, I would tell myself that I wanted to do collage on the wood block. If I’ve not painted the blocks before I would spent about twenty minutes painting them – immediately I knew just what colors I would use – and while the wood block was drying out I would flip through the magazines for my images. I would never know what it would be, all I knew it that something would catch my eyes and the rest will follow.
It is the same thing with my textile art, which is why I love it. Painting the fabric is fun, there’s no rules to it. I always paint using one brush because I love how the colors blend. I do take some time to go through the colors of my embroidery thread, just so that the colors go together. But the embroidery is all purely fun and uninhibited.
I would say the only thing that I plan if my printmaking. I would go through the process of knowing what I plan to carve on my blocks (eg: leaves, or birds) or what I plan to have on my screens. I also have to plan the colors beforehand, the fabric choices. Printmaking is a much more organized art for me, with sketches and color palette swatches.