I luckily had the opportunity to interview the very talented Digital Designer, Illustrator, Photographer and even Production Designer – Joelle Peters. She is also the principal designer for Wikifashion! With a multitude of skills and very pretty & natural aesthetic style, We Heart Collective member (along with Katelyn & Dominique) Joelle shared detail on her work, her inspirations and her life!

Where are you based?

I’ve been based in Brisbane for almost two years, but grew up in a small town outside Byron Bay.

What’s your daytime job?

My day job is in Web Design, but I work for a few regular freelance clients in illustration and design on a weekly basis also.

Where can we see your work on the internets?

You can see my work on my website ( or on deviantart (

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Film (production design, set design and dress etc) is actually my main love, but if I wasn’t involved in creative arts I might like to be a teacher or do something that combined international relations and social work. 

Who or what inspires you?

I get inspired by photography a lot for illustrations. I actually rarely look at other illustrations for inspiration, which is a bit odd, I think. I love drawing people and faces, so I like to be inspired from the original source, if you know what I mean. 
I get inspired by music a lot too; the moods created by music. I love folk, classic rock and blues – mostly from the 1960s, which is a decade I adore. My favourite musicians are Dylan, Donovan, the Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Hendrix etc.

Do you have a particular fancy for a-symmetry? 

Not really, but I do love things that are a little whimsical or off-center in that respect. 

Do you have a typical process for your creations?

My process isn’t very analytical, but I always start with the face and go from there. 

Favourite website of the moment (doesn’t have to be art related)?

I love tumblr and dribbble for inspiration. 

What’s your favourite hangout?

I’m a bit of a workaholic and nerd, to be honest, so I’ll often prefer to stay at home and work on personal projects than go out. I like Archive in West End for casual drinks. I recently checked out Harajuku Gyoza, which just opened in the Valley – it’s adorable. You’ll usually find me drinking coffee at Brown Dog cafe in Woolloongabba during the week.


How would you describe the Brisbane art scene?

I like the Brisbane art scene. It’s not as well-known as Melbourne or Sydney, but I love the sense of community. I also think Brisbane artists don’t take themselves too seriously, which is nice. 


 What exciting new things do you have coming up? 

 A have a few projects abroad lined up for 2012, which are quite exciting, but there’s not much I can say about that at this stage. Other than that, I’m looking forward to future We Heart Paper exhibitions and getting into more traditional mediums [this] year, as I usually work digitally. 

Tortura (short film) – Trailer from Oyvind Welle on Vimeo.