The innovative 'Art at Tibits' project has seen a second vegan artist display work on the windows of the central London restaurant.
The project, which is described as 'a window campaign showcasing British artists and the positive impact our food choices have on the environment and animal welfare', currently features work by Stefanie Haslberger.
She sat down with PBN to talk about her work, the project, and nature.
1. Can you tell me a little bit about your work?
My work consists of a balanced juxtaposition between black and white drawings with added colorful patterns and shapes. By working this way, I find contrast is created, which gives my art heaps of movement.
My unique style and experimentation with color have been developed over many years. Furthermore, my grandfather played an instrumental role in my creative progress.
He was in the post-war informal art movement of the 40’s and 50’s, and his distinctive 'drippy' artwork has always been a point of influence.
I am very much inspired by nature, the animal kingdom, marine life and the botanical kingdom. I travel, and when I do, I take thousands of photos which are then used as either a point of inspiration or a direct reference.
In terms of materials, I always adopted the traditional approach of ink to paper, until a couple of years ago when I was handed a brief for a digital illustration.
Using Photoshop and Illustrator opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me and allowed much more fluidity in my work.
Also, while travelling, I find it easier to transport my iPad, rather than tons of art supplies.
I will never give up my notebook and pencil though, which I use to create initial ideas that may develop into creative projects at a later stage.
2. How does being vegan inspire your work?
Being vegan inspires me to create more awareness of environmental and ethical issues through my illustrations.
The connection I made after transitioning to veganism altered my work and pushes me daily to create art in order to spread awareness of the plight of animals, and our dying planet.
Veganism is dear to my heart and is one of the biggest things to have ever happened to me. Using my talents to help animals just feels right, I am in alignment with my life.
This is the direction I am going in - I would like to work with more ethical companies and welcome all the exciting projects to come.
3. Why did you want to get involved in the Tibits project?
The location in the heart of central London is a great place to display such a positive and meaningful idea.
I love London. I consider it my home and have family here. It is also nice to work with like-minded clients who share the same ideals and passions as you.
4. Are you happy with how the window looks? What kind of impact are you hoping it will have?
I am very happy about the outcome of the windows. I think they look fantastic! The white type and drawings really make the windows pop.
I hope to create intrigue for people to explore veganism and I hope it spreads the vegan message in a very positive way!
Animals are our friends and those of us who are already vegan know that it improves health and wellbeing is cruelty-free, and most importantly, it tastes good! So that's where Tibits comes in.
I love spreading the vegan message, and I am very grateful to be part of this amazing venture.
It was a lot of fun working on it and I connected with some great people.