Ximena Escobar grew up in the valley city of Medellin, Colombia. An almost magical part of the country surrounded by mountains and mist, as well as a rich tropical biodiversity, all of which having a large influence on her vibrant colour palette and style. “Nature to me, means life, the living, the wild, the organic and fertile. It gives me joy, inspires my curiosity and nurtures my femininity and self discovery.”
Drawn to colours and shapes at an early age, she fell in love with London, and Escobar began her professional creative life surprisingly as a graphic designer. Escobar gradually realised a way to apply her designs to different textiles, to help enhance her expressive illustrative style. “I am interested in challenging illustration with different materials and applying narratives to the repeat pattern.” She arrived at CSM to help realise these ambitions.
Ximena’s main inspiration is the relationship between women and nature. She worked on numerous illustrative projects for over six years, before returning for a masters at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts, London, in illustration – to “add story” to her designs.
She has a cross-over of ideals. Her main passions are coupled together under the word – Ecofeminism. Which is the combination of two themes, women, and nature. With an great grandmother who was a passionate orchid collector, the influences are crystal clear in her work. Ximena Escobar is constantly working with new materials, currently creating designs for t-shirts. She will like to soon work on a bigger scale, collaborate with others, and also has solo exhibitions planned in July & November.
“A perfect day here would be to wake up and have breakfast on the balcony with my boyfriend and the cats, then go to the studio and work for while, have coﬀee or a drink with friends- colleagues and then go out to my favourite bar”.