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MC Meets: Millie Marotta, Best-Selling Illustrator And Colouring Book Creator
The award winning illustrator sat down to talk to us about her inspiration and how she made her books stand out in the adult colouring book craze...
Millie Marotta is definitely a woman to watch. After quitting her job as an art teacher, she designed a colouring book for adults in 2014 and the rest is history. Tapping into the trend well before it exploded, Millie’s captivating colouring books have gone from strength to strength, winning her the Amazon’s bestselling author award of 2015.
Three books down the line, Millie’s success shows no signs of slowing, becoming the new patron of the Born Free Foundation, launching her very own app, and as from today releasing a brand new colouring book: Wild Savannah.
After taking over the Marie Claire Instagram account today and filling it with inspiring images, we caught up with Millie to talk exciting new projects and the thereapeutic benefits of a good old colouring book…
What inspires your illustrations?
The natural world: animals, wildlife and my natural surroundings. I’ve never had to look too far for inspiration because it’s always around me. I live by the sea and I love being in the fresh air. My environment nurtures what I’m doing with my work.
Was illustration always your dream career?
I wanted to be a vet but after realising that I didn’t have the stomach or the emotional stamina for it, creativity it was.
Were you surprised by the overwhelming response to your colouring books?
Oh god, hugely. It swept me off my feet. I just wanted to make a really beautiful book that people would enjoy colouring in, I honestly wasn’t thinking a great deal beyond that.
Why do you think the colouring trend took off to such an extent?
We live such fast-paced busy lives now and we constantly seem to be multitasking. I think colouring books have given adults a really accessible, simple way to unwind, and get a bit of downtime through art therapy.
How do you find colouring beneficial?
It’s relaxing. We all would have done colouring as children but obviously as you get older and become a grown up, other things become more important. The book is just a really nice way for people to find their way back to it.
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