You may have seen this beauty popping up now and again on our @twoseasons_girls Instagram account. Introducing Billabong surfer and artist Felicity Palmateer, hailing from the shores of Australia, Felicity oozes effortless creativity and style, all channeled by her love for the ocean.
We were stoked when the Billabong X Felicity Palmateer's collaboration dropped in our stores! Shop it now here and learn a little more about Felc in her latest Billabong interview below!
Can you describe yourself in a
Outgoing, Adventurous, bubbly and positive.
How did you start surfing and
what do you love about the sport?
I was brought up a beach baby. Ever since I can remember
my Mum and Dad would walk my brothers and I down to the beach where we would
have a swim before breakfast. My Dad taught me to surf when I was around five
years old. But I didn't really start competing in competitions until I was
about twelve. Now my Dad and I share a really strong bond together because of
something that we both love.
Where do you find inspiration
for your art?
I draw almost all of my inspiration from the ocean. I
think because I’m in it so much and I’m thinking about it everyday. The ocean
is so amazing because there are no two days that will ever be the same, it’s
constantly changing. Each day I wake up and go for a surf it always looks
different, it’s sort of like us, it has different moods and I like that a lot.
I also draw a lot of my inspiration from the different places that I’ve
travelled to, one of my favourite places so far has been Morocco.
Tell us about your t-shirts,
what inspired you for this Billabong collab?
Most of the designs that are in this collab I designed
while I was in in Indonesia last year so I drew a lot of my inspiration from
the Balinese culture especially the detail of the temple architecture. I also
draw a lot of inspiration from things that I find washed up on the beach such
as feathers and drift wood with beautiful patterns that have naturally happened
over time as they have been rolled and tossed through the sea.
What does ‘ocean air – salty
hair’ evoke for you?
Hot summer days, summer fruits and long days at the beach
with your best friends. Basically freedom.
In what situation would you
wear these t-shirts?
They are pretty casual so I’d probably wear them everyday
and pair them with some cute denim cut-offs. I think they’re perfect for the
beach or just to through over a bikini.
Is your artwork a reflection of
yourself or more of what is around you?
I think that it’s a combination. I think I express myself
through the colours that I use in my work depending on how I’m feeling at that
point in time when I created that piece. However, my illustrations are a
reflection of what is around me and where I am in the world.
You are drawing a lot on
surfboards, what is your favorite medium to work on?
I love drawing on my surfboards because I like to make my
boards look pretty. I especially love to apply bright colour to them so that
contrast against the blue water. My favorite medium to work on though will
always be a really nice piece of canson paper using water colours and inks with
illustration over the top.
How does travelling influence
Being a professional surfer I’m constantly on the move
and over the last few years I’ve travelled to some pretty cool places so I’ve
been exposed to some pretty amazing cultures, landscapes and people. So I’m
never really short for inspiration.
Surfing and art seem to really
be related as many surfers have a creative mind, how do you explain that?
Well for me surfing and art are my two passions in life
and I think they share a great synergy. Riding a wave is a lot like painting a
picture. The wave is your canvas and you’re free to draw whatever lines you
How do you split your life
between surfing and art?
I’ve never really had to split or set a certain amount of
time aside for one or the other. If the waves are good I’ll surf and if it’s
flat I’ll do art.
Do you ever get artists block?
Every now and then I do. But with the constant travel it
never lasts too long before I’m inspired again.
What are you up to? Any new
Right now I’m on a plane heading down to Mexico for the
next WQS event. Surfing a lot and trying to create new pieces whenever I have
the spare time. I have a few different techniques that I’m experimenting with
for a possible exhibition at the end of this year back home in Australia.
What’s your motto?
I guess I just try to be as positive as I can and make
the most of every opportunity.