My Cultural Diary: Hattie Stewart
As her new exhibition at House of Illustration opens, daredevil illustrator Hattie Stewart talks Doodle-bombing, high fashion and her favourite spots in London
Cheeky, enigmatic and daring, Stewart is best known for her 'Doodle-Bombing' where she takes covers of influential publications like Vogue and Playboy and radically alters celebrity images of FKA Twigs and Rihanna with her own quirky touch. It's a mad world of cartooney and frantic characters, with dark humour and bold colours thrown into the mix.
You can catch Stewart at her new show in King Cross' House of Illustration this spring, a fantastic new venue which celebrates all things illustrated - from contemporary creatives to traditional heavyweights like original Mad Man, Mac Conner, and Quentin Blake.
We sat down with the trailblazing illustrator to discover her secrets and favourite spots in the big smoke.
Hattie Stewart at her new show at House of Illustration
I've always had a love of the V&A, I could get lost in there for hours. I also love the Vintage Magazine in Soho - it's where I go for quiet time and pick out some amazing magazines to draw on.
Probably Victoria Park Village - I have just moved to area but already fallen in love.
Best-loved walk or view?
Regent's Canal from my home in Victoria Park straight down to my studio on Kingsland Road - a beautiful walk in the summer!
Greatest meal you’ve ever had in London?
Gosh defining my greatest meal always depends on 3 things - who I'm with / what I ate / how much booze was involved, so really I can have a great meal anywhere! One that does really stick out though is the incredible vegetarian roast I had at The Spaniard on a summer's day with some great friends.
Favourite local restaurant/bar/pub?
Namo on Victoria Park Road / Original Sin in Dalston / The Marksman on Hackney Road
Most memorable aesthetic experience?
Watching the sun set over London on a rooftop with beer in hand.
Hidden gem no-one else knows about?
If I tell you then everyone will know about it and it won't be hidden anymore!
Best for children?
The V&A Childhood Museum on Cambridge Heath Road is wonderful.
Where will you be seen this month?
At House of Illustration where I have an exhibition at the moment.
Public/cultural/artistic figure you admire?
Pauline Boty (the little known pioneer of British Pop art and the only female member of the movement).
All images © Paul Grover