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Illustrator Natalie Kwee: Visual Questionnaire #5

Illustrator Natalie Kwee: Visual Questionnaire #5

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Text: Tracy Phillips


A self-declared "professional moonlighter", Natalie Kwee wears many hats indeed. An architect by training, she previously worked for world-renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group in New York. Kwee still does architecture and design consulting on the side while running her site, Festive Folks. It allows people to create their own customised illustration of anyone in three easy steps and sends the one-of-a-kind artwork framed and gift-wrapped to their doorstep. As one part of the illustration duo 8EyedSpud, she most recently completed an 8.5m mural for Chope's office. The duo is currently busy with an ongoing illustrated book that's dedicated to their shared love of man's best friend.

It's pretty impressive for someone who became an illustrator by chance. It was while working on her architecture thesis in 2013 that Kwee opted out of doing actual, scaled technical drawings in favour of drawing by hand. Rather than focusing on a fixed drawing style, Kwee injects wit and humour into her work, as evidenced in our most artful Visual Questionnaire to date, with all questions answered through Kwee's own original illustrations.

An Instagram account you're obsessed with

illustration for Buro Singapore by Natalie Kwee

Last Youtube video that made you laugh

illustration for Buro Singapore by Natalie Kwee

Most played song on Spotify right now

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

Last Facebook post you liked/commented on

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

A film that makes you cry

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

Cover of the book that you would rescue in a fire

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

Last meal you would have

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

Most memorable city you visited

Mexico City illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

One thing you would bring to a desert island

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

 Your guilty pleasure TV show

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

A artist/designer who inspires you

The Eames illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

Signature drink you would order at a bar

gin and tonic illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

 Your style icon

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

A hand-written note/letter you treasure

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

Something/someone that makes you smile

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

 A screenshot of the last profound text message you received

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

The most memorable artwork/performance/exhibition you've seen

Teshima Art Museum illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

One artist/performer/designer you would love to collaborate with

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

Somewhere you wish you could exhibit your craft

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

An unrealised project you wish to complete sometime

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

Your proudest achievement in your career so far

illustration for Buro Singapore. by Natalie Kwee

 Check out Natalie Kwee's illustrations on Instagram. 

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