Meet The Artist - Zo Defferary

Meet The Artist - Zo Defferary

Meet The Artist - Zo Defferary

Zo is a freelance artist! As well as running workshops Zo paints murals and works on commissions, including decorative sign writing and illustration.

We asked Zo a few questions about her work and inspirations. 


Have you always been creative?

Always been a bit arty I guess yes, being able to make a living from it is something I am very grateful for. To my parents' dismay I have been doodling on anything I could get my hands on, since I was little!

What art projects have you recently been working on?  

Most recently I've been working with a group of year 6 kids from Whitstable who are preparing for Secondary school in September. We are making a banner; everyone is responsible for specific letters and when we are all done it will spell out 'Follow Your Own Path'.

Who are your favourite artists and how do they influence your work?

Phyllida Barlow, and her use of salvaged materials scale and colour have always been something I’ve loved. She has influenced my 3D making, for sure. Claes Oldenburg and his 3D versions of everyday objects. Many are made from available materials and often oversized, his work has always amazed me. Maya Hayuk is a street artist who works on a huge scale with geometric patterns, they are truly incredible, and her use of colour is awesome. 

What is your preferred medium to work with?

Paper & pencils. Drawing either in my sketchbook or on huge pieces of paper, it is the best place for me to try out ideas & my favourite medium for sure. 

Zo Defferary Art

What’s your favourite thing about being an artist?

It’s different every day, not only the different types of art I get to do but all the different people I meet. Collaborating with other people is great fun. Getting messy is my happy place!

Look out for two Zine (mini magazine collage) workshops that Zo is running here at The Craftship in the Easter school holidays! They are suitable for ages 9+ and take place Monday 3rd April and Tuesday 11th April Book here.

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