Alice Oehr is about as good as it gets if you’re looking to find the next talented, young and incredibly promising creative. But you’ll need a keen eye and some stamina to keep up with this hardworking girl as she continues to impress us with her boldly colourful and wonderfully precise illustration and graphic design work.
“My style of work does come very naturally to me, but it takes a bit of practice to be able to say what you want to say, in the way that you want to say it! I have learned that people really connect with your work if you put a lot of yourself into it.”
After completing a Bachelor of Arts and some serious travelling, Oehr returned to her childhood love of design with a vengeance, hitting the study hard in Graphic Design at RMIT. She has now worked as a designer for two years since graduating, building a strong clientele including Lavazza, Frankie Magazine, Smiggle, The Design Files and more, also having worked with Beci Orpin and Rae Ganim at Ganim Store.
It is the idiosyncrasies within her illustrations and designs that typify her work whichever the medium, spanning across print, pixels, paper, markers and textiles. For Oehr, colour is an important and perfectly potent part of her style. “It is one of my favourite parts of the job: combining colours. I am prone to occasional bouts of getting fed up with brightness and doing something in monochrome, but I usually return to long-standing favourites.”
What we see within her work is her intrinsic love for endearingly naive things, inspired by the visual and the conceptual in different ways. “I love old weird things and advertising, exotic things and classical things,” Oehr explains. “Conceptually I am very inspired by listening to podcasts, watching movies and documentaries, reading books. Anything that puts me in touch with the world at large or another time or culture, I love connecting with things like that.”
There’s no doubt Oehr is going to go very far with the feats she’s made so early on. Keep an eye out for some exciting projects of hers due for release before the end of the year, as well as the unveiling of a book she is currently working on. With designs and illustrations that act as invitations into her über charming imagination, we think everyone should attend.
Words / Sarina Meuleman