Leaving behind the managerial nine-to-five to follow his passion, Pete Cromer is from the Victorian Surf Coast and a man who lives by the light of the morning sun. An artist, designer and illustrator who creates his own bright and colorful patterns, Pete combines his artistic passion with his love of native Australian flora and fauna of all shapes and sizes in delivering some unforgettable design collections.
For those who don’t know, how would you describe your work?
My work is meant to put a smile on your face. I like to create works that are bright, colourful and evoke feelings. I experiment with my mediums working across paint, collage and sculpture. I’m inspired by the personalities of my subjects – everything and everyone, in my eyes, is full of colour and life. I like to bring that out using colour and shapes.
How did the Pete Cromer journey begin, what is your story? Who or what inspired you to begin in your field?
It was an itch that needed to be scratched. I was working as a creative manager for a company and it was very unfulfilling. I need challenges in life. I constantly have ideas in my head, so I quit and just gave my own thing a crack. Best thing ever.
What are your current artistic influences and what inspires you to carry on doing what you’re doing?
Todd James, Amy Sol, Dan Lam just to name a few. Love their use of colour and forms, makes me feel good. I get inspired by the people I live with, they are just the best bunch of people and I’m grateful everyday to have them in my life.
What’s a typical day for Pete Cromer?
I live by the sun, so I get up when the sun rises and have a coffee and go to the gym. When I get home, I pop the kettle on for another coffee, and go through emails and plan my day. My husband works with me too, so I delegate a few tasks to him and then head down to my studio in Torquay by mid morning. Here I create my collages and experiment with new ideas and mediums. Time flies when you’re having fun. I try to revisit any emails later in the day just to keep on top of them. Some days are heavily creative and others are heavily hustling. I don’t like to work in the dark so by pm I’m done for the day and get home and unwind.
Which other designers are you looking forward to seeing when you come to Bowerbird?
I love seeing all the others designers and it will be great to see new ones too. I am a sucker for Unforgettable Products. It’s so addictive.
What’s your favourite piece of your own work that will be available at Bowerbird?
My favourite piece would have to be the Resin Budgies and Druids. They are fun and colourful and each of them has their own personality.
What advice would you give other aspiring artists and designers?
Back yourself and be yourself. Don’t worry what everyone else is doing, focus on your own path, it’s yours, not anybody else’s. Be friendly, work hard and go with your gut.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with anyone who is reading this and coming down to the Bowerbird design markets?
Just soak up the amazing designers and atmosphere. My husband will be working on my stand too, he’s not as shy as me, so come by and say hello and enjoy the market.