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ARTIST FEATURE: Jordyn McGeachin

Interview of Jordyn McGeachin by Sophie Pellegrini

What kind of art do you create? How would you describe it in a few words?
Most of the art I create are illustrations, I always tend to draw cartoon-like people. This year I’ve created a handful of different artworks in different mediums, like oil paint and in printmaking. Deep down I’m a drawer; it’s what I enjoy the most. I would describe my art as feminine and playful.

What inspires you, in your art and in your life?
What inspires me in both my art and life are things I am surrounded by. If I see a colour I like, I get fixated on it and start using it as much as possible (right now that colour is blue, I’ve just put together a zine full of drawings I’ve happened to make all in blue). For me it’s honestly what I surround myself with, that’s what makes me inspired.

Tell us a little bit about your artistic work process.
My work process is a little all over the place. Sometimes when I’m drawing I can just sit down with a fine liner and a bunch of markers and finish something then and there. Then I have days when I can’t draw a single thing I’m happy with so I spend some time doodling in my journal, this can take days/weeks for me to be inspired to make something.

Your illustrations tend to feature women–why are you attracted to this subject matter?
If I make something from a personal thought, my first instinct is to draw a female because it’s what I identify myself as. Even if the picture is not what I look like physically, I can still relate to it in a sense. Sometimes without even thinking much about it I start sketching out a girl and go from there, I don’t know if I’m in just in the habit of doing it now and it’s something I’m going to always continue to do, or if it’s a phase.

Do you consider yourself a feminist? What does feminism mean to you?
I definitely do. It means a lot to me, it’s helped me become the person I am today. I’m so much more open-minded and I’ve had to unlearn a lot of things that are imbedded into you growing up as a girl. I love that I’m able to be apart of a movement that is full of so many amazing and supportive people that want to make a change.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Stop trying to grow up so fast!

And if you could do anything differently during your teen years, what might it be?
There’s a bunch of stuff I wish I could have done differently, or didn’t have to experience but I don’t think I would be who I am today without those things occurring.

What’s one item on your bucket list?
I really want to explore Japan.

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Sophie Pellegrini

Sophie Pellegrini is the Co-Founder and Artistic & Creative Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a 25-year-old photographer and wilderness therapy field guide in Colorado. She loves crafting, playing acoustic guitar, 90s music, the smell of summer, making lists, a good nap, cuddly animals, and the cold side of the pillow. Follow Sophie on her website and on Instagram.

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