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How I unwind: Abi Overland, Illustrator

How I unwind: Abi Overland, Illustrator

Friday 27 January 2023

How I unwind: Abi Overland, Illustrator

Friday 27 January 2023

A coffee (and some meditation) to start the day, a lot of music and pasta are among a local artist's favourite ways to relax.

Abi Overland is an artist who specialises in art prints and illustrated fine bone china, which she sells through her business, Abi Overland Jersey.

When she is not creating detailed images combining natural elements, animals and architecture to deck out homeware, Abi likes to kick back and have some downtime with the help of pasta, music and movies, as she explained...

To unwind, I eat…



Anyone who knows me, knows my deep affinity for pasta. If I'm happy - I eat celebration pasta, if I'm sad - I eat sadness pasta. If I'm hungover - it's breakfast pasta to the rescue. Pasta is the answer to all of life's problems. Am I right?

I drink…


...coffee in the morning, but I don't know that it's so much to unwind though... more to get myself going.

I don't know how anyone wakes up without coffee, even just for the morning ritual. Sometimes paired with a little meditation if I'm being a healthy and functioning human, can't say I'm all that good at keeping myself disciplined with it though.

I read…


...the books of Taylor Jenkins Reid, who I’ve recently got into. The writing is really brilliant, and if you have an interest in popular culture they’re a really great read.

I also love anything by Isabelle Allende - she writes in such a beautiful way.

I re-read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez again recently too, that’s pretty magical.

In the winter, I like to...

...hibernate nerd out with film when I'm not drawing away.

This also includes watching video essays on YouTube analysing the films too (I recommend Filmento if you’re into that kind of thing).

My faves from 2022 were 'Everything Everywhere All At Once', 'Triangle of Sadness', 'White Noise' and 'Elvis'. I’ve just finished watching White Lotus as well: INCREDIBLE.

I used to train Muay Thai boxing, but after an injury that meant I couldn’t train for a long while, I’ve gotten out of practice for the last few years, but I’m planning on getting back into it this year (I promise), as it was such a good thing for my brain. And I liked being a big strong girl too. I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone for your physical and mental wellbeing.

I listen to…

...a lot, all the music.

It's an incredibly important part of my life and has the ability to change my mood in a split second. My favourite band are Future Islands, there's so much emotion and depth in their music, but also they just slap. I've also got really into Betty Davis recently, what a rad legend... plus so many more.

You can explore my chaotic everyday playlist if you want below...

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