Rebecca Hendin is an illustrator with an audience that would make most envious. Her work is presented on a media platform that earns billions of page views per year, is published multiple times a day and is found among the most read content on the internet. The London-based, Missouri-born illustrator works in-house for Buzzfeed, producing images for articles that cover current affairs, think pieces and news stories. It’s a role that allows her to communicate with people through images on a scale that is unprecedented.Rebecca is a brave character. She began studying illustration at California College of Arts straight after high school but developed an itch to move. “I got this crazy idea in my head to move to London. It came from nowhere, I’d never been to London previously, I didn’t know anybody here,” she tells It’s Nice That. After the idea popped into her head Rebecca began to plan. “I literally googled ‘art schools London’ and Central Saint Martins was the first one that came up. I hadn’t heard of it, but it was the first google result, which is a very important thing in this world.” Rebecca applied, got in, and moved to London with the intention of year abroad. She ended up staying, graduating, and then completed a masters programme at the same university.
“I see myself as an explorer – I like to question something and then I will try to go as deep as I can,” artist Marguerite Humeau says. “The research for me becomes a bit more of a performance in itself. Not in the live sense of the word, but it becomes part of the story I’m telling. It’s a long journey I have to take before I can actually realise or produce a physical outcome.” Marguerite feels she has a responsibility to “create an experience that tackles issues we have to think about today”. Living and working in London, France-born Marguerite, who graduated from the RCA just five years ago, is unlike many artists in that rather than create works about herself and her own journey, she dabbles with complex narratives and poses the biggest “what ifs?” imaginable. Each project we’ve come to know Marguerite for has been more complex and grand than the last and her research is just as much an artistic and creative process itself.