SHOP LOCAL: Michelle Pike’s images feature on free City of Perth tote bags

Fashion Illustrator Michelle Pike
Fashion Illustrator Michelle Pike

SHOPPERS in the City of Perth will have the opportunity to carry around fashion illustrator Michelle Pike’s images during Spring in the City.

The City has chosen six of the Balcatta-based artist’s images for free tote bags that shoppers can claim at Watertown and Carillon City by showing their receipt for any purchase above $20 in the City of Perth.

A new design will be released every week over six weeks.

Ms Pike said the images had a spring theme and were created with “passion and love”.

“For me art is a form of meditation and healing,” she said.

“When I am painting, no matter if it be a private or commercial project, I do the artwork for myself, I don’t consider it work or that it is done for money.

“I always have fun creating a piece and I have never yet binned any of my art out of frustration.”

Ms Pike will be sharing her talent at a Fashion Illustration Workshop as part of Perth Fashion Festival (PFF) on Sunday, October 7 from 1.30-4pm.

She said that previously she had supported her fashion designer daughter Jonte Morgan at festivals but it had been nice to be involved the past two years by sharing the hobby that consumes most of her days.

“My day starts in the very early hours of sunrise, when it is quiet and my brain is begging for a creative release,” she said.

“In the afternoons I join my daughter Jonte in her studio and this time is truly valuable as we critique and encourage each other through the day, me painting whilst she designs her garments.”