writer: emma ranne
picture: saskia robertson
Saskia is a freelance creative based near London. She grew up on the Isle of Wight by the sea, but moved to London when she was 17 to kickstart her dreams of being a creative.
When it comes to creating Saskia is a multi-talent. From minimalistic fine line illustrations, to logo design, product photography and album covers (!) - the list goes on. You can find her portolio at sassrobcreative.
Saskia loves doing anything that lets her use her imagination - whether that’s drawing, reading, listening to music, or people watching from a cute cafe.
We love Saskia’s unique style of drawing and were super happy she wanted to be part of creating our calendar for 2019. Saskia’s illustration of Frida Kahlo is the face for July, and we’d love to hear the story behind why she picked this wonderful woman. Let’s get to know Saskia:
We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration.
Who is she and how does she inspire you?
Frida Kahlo has always been a huge inspiration of mine - she stood up for what she believed in, was very daring in her approach to life and art, and wore fabulous clothes.
She went through a lot in her life, from her accident when she was a child which affected her hugely for the rest of her life, to the obstacles faced by being an outspoken woman in that time, to her high-strung husband. But despite all this, she created beautiful, insightful artwork and her legacy will live on forever.
I think everyone needs a bit of ‘Frida’ in them, to have an imaginative and daring outlook on life is what makes us different.
How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?
I’ve loved drawing since I was young, always doodling and experimenting with different materials. My Grandma is an artist and I used to spend my summers painting with her in her conservatory or in the garden, so art has always been a part of me. I love trying to convey the subject of my drawings without too much detail, sometimes so much so that you can’t always tell from first glance what the image is depicting.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Have the courage to live a life true to yourself"
What would your dream job be like?
I love being freelance as it gives me the freedom to travel and the ability to be in charge of my own schedule. I’ve got some exciting plans in the pipeline for the rest of 2019, including launching my own brand which I’m super excited about!
List 10 single things that make you happy:
5. The Beach
7. My loved ones
8. Animals (especially Flamingos!)
10. Clean Sheets
Where do you go when you need some inspiration?
When I’m stuck for ideas I love going on a walk, either down by the canal near my house or to a cafe where I can people-watch and have a change of scenery.
What’s the best book you’ve read so far?
I read so many books I don’t think I could possibly narrow it down to just one! But I do absolutely love Victoria Hislop’s books, I think my favourite has to be ‘The Island’. I also love Jodi Picoult’s books.
3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?
California - Charlotte Cardin
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:
I loved visiting Thassos - it’s known as the Emerald Isle, due to it being covered in trees and nature. It’s very rarely visited by tourists, so the towns and surroundings remain untouched and some places haven’t changed in decades. I love nature and culture so this place was perfect for me.