We had the good fortune of connecting with Eleonore Rowe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eleonore, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Germany and Grimm’s fairy tales are a big part of my childhood and cultural background. Fairy tales do communicate a sense of wonder. A fairy tale doesn’t always have a happy ending, in fact some endings are sad, brutal and showcase the merciless world we’re living in. There are dangers, monsters, but also we do have the power to outgrow our challenges. This sense of wonder, moral, and appreciation for a good story is what inspired me to tell stories with my creative work. When I create I ask myself what is the story I do want to tell. How can I communicate values, represent the world in an authentic way, and bring inspiration for dialogue.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is inspired in telling and communicating stories. I want to inspire people and create playful designs to engage the viewer. I would not be a creative professional without the dedication to be a lifelong learner and see the world each day with a sense of wonder. The details in our daily life can be a beautiful starting point to create new ideas and start conversations. I strongly believe that creative work is a huge responsibility to our community. Creative professionals design dialogues with their work. In 2020 I asked myself a lot: “What stories do I tell with my designs and illustrations?” Do I support peace and diversity with my work? Do I inspire to live an authentic life in peace? My current challenge is to work on new concepts and ideas to communicate my values. There is still a lot I have to learn as designer and illustrator. I can just recommend to stay a life long learner and observer. It is not always easy to learn and stay open minded but it is so necessary so we can evolve into better and authentic artists. Never stop challenging yourself. Question yourself and your values. And most importantly keep your voice and show the world the values you believe in.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I recommend to check out the beautiful murals in Tucson. (https://tucson.com/news/local/take-a-look-at-some-of-tucsons-many-beautiful-murals/collection_3543709a-6f3c-11e8-bd83-e7539f28be25.html#1) Tucson is unique as it is a city who provides fast and easy access to escape and enjoy nature! Mount Lemmon, Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park and many other parks around give the opportunity to appreciate the diverse nature in the desert.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out to Tucson’s creative community in general. Moving to Tucson a few years ago gave me the opportunity to meet great designers, illustrators, makers, and artists. I instantly felt welcomed in the Tucson art community and met many wonderful friends. I also want to thank Tucson’s AIGA chapter to be a great community where I was able to meet mentors, friends, and people who inspire me. I was lucky to work with great designers who teach me so much, support me in my creative career, and believe in my talents: Julie Ray Creative and Casey C. I also want to give a shout out to Groundworks Tucson (https://www.groundworkstucson.com/), a non-profit, youth-driven community arts space in Tucson. Groundworks Tucson is dedicated to develop creativity and talent in Tucson’s youth arts scene and I highly recommend to support this wonderful non-profit.