When we first connected with Tishya we immediately hit it off over our shared loves of vintage celestial imagery and travel adventure. In fact, right as our collaboration was coming to a close, Tishya set off on a long-awaited journey to explore Asia for a year while continuing her artistic pursuits. It's been exciting to follow along on Instagram as she is realizing her dream! In embracing this adventure, Tishya embodies the very spirit behind our COSMIC LOVE scarf collection. Her Celestial Bodies scarf design was inspired by the vintage celestial maps and moon charts used by explorers hundreds of years ago and beautifully showcases the warmth and whimsy that is signature to Tishya's artistic work. In this DESEDA Artist Collective (DearCo) Interview she shares more about her creative journey and what moves her. Let’s Make Ties and get to know Tishya…Read on!
DESEDA Artist Collective (DearCo) Artist:
London (where I lived before traveling) – Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands (where is was born)
DESEDA Scarf Design: Celestial Bodies
Please introduce yourself and share what you do!
My name is Tishya Oedit and I make artwork for licensing and collaborations.
What was your path to becoming a creative?
My first formal introduction to the creative field was when I started my degree in fashion design, but I have been creating from a very young age. After I finished my degree I started working in knitwear design specifically and through different avenues have now arrived at surface pattern design.
How do you describe your work? And, what do you hope others take away from your work?
I would describe my work as vibrant with whimsical elements and subject matter. If people see my work and want it on their walls, clothes or household items I will have done a good job :)
What motivates you to do what you do?
I love taking my creativity and pouring it into different forms, the one I enjoy the most at the moment is pattern design and illustration. I’m working towards seeing my artwork on a diverse range of products.
Where do you find your most significant inspiration?
I’m lucky enough to now be in a very inspiring environment where I get to see amazing nature, architecture and a whole another way of life that constantly supply plenty of ideas.
What are the plans for the next phase of your artistic and/or professional journey?
I’d like to expand my illustration skills, maybe venture into other areas such as editorial illustrations for magazines. I also would like to experiment with animation, not necessarily for professional purposes but for my own enjoyment.
What is/are the signature element(s) of your personal style?
My style is ever evolving as it is with any artist or designer, but right now I’m particularly interested in creating artwork that has dramatic contrasts, textured objects and soft detailing. Colour wise I incorporate a lot of yellow, baby pink and turquoise in my designs.
What music is on heavy rotation for you right now?
When I work I rarely listen to music, instead I prefer to listen to TED talks or podcasts. My favourite podcast at the moment is The High Low by journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes which I find the perfect listen for drawing and painting.
What is the favorite place you’ve visited?
I visited Lisbon for the first time last year on my birthday and I loved it so much! I find it hard to name just one place, but Lisbon is definitely high on my list when it comes to European cities.
What is the last thing that really caught your eye or got stuck in your head?
I’ve recently started to watch The Handmaid’s Tale, I find it extremely harrowing to watch women lose agency over their own bodies, especially in light of recent events.
What are your favorite websites and/or Instagram profiles?
I follow so many inspiring people on Instagram but some of my favourites are @kellyventuradesign for her beautiful watercolour florals, @ninacosford for her personality packed illustrations, @valerie_deromemasse for her breathtaking wildlife photography and @elizabeth_gilbert_writer because she is simply amazing and has so much wisdom and kindness to share.
What’s on your current wish list? (Can be any things, places or experiences!)
Taking more time out of my day to read, there are so many books on my list that I have barely begun to tackle.
What’s the best nugget of advice you’ve received and would like to share with others?
All things in this world start with an idea and bringing these ideas to fruition starts with one thing: the decision to do so. And then you have to actually do the work :)
And, we’d love to wrap up with the two signature questions that we refer to as the “Double Knot” 😊:
Please share an example of a time in your life where you said, “why not” and took on a big risk, challenge or leap of faith!
For a long time before I moved to Asia, I had been dreaming about it and when I realized there wasn’t any real answer to the question ‘Why not?’ I prepared until I could finally take the leap. It has definitely been one of the best decisions of my life!
Please share why you “made ties” with DESEDA and teamed up to create an original scarf design with us!
I love the design process but nothing beats seeing your designs on an actual product. DESEDA silk scarves are just a wonderful canvas and I’m thrilled with the end result of this collaboration.
Note: all photos courtesy of @tishyaoedit