Christie Morgan, Creative Director
Oh but this is a good one - we are HUGE fans of Christie's work and pretty excited to have an insight into her world. This interview is all about working hard and making magic. Dream stuff, thanks Christie!
What do you do?
I’m the founder and director of Pitch Studios (FKA Pitch Zine) which is a progressive creative studio.
I also make art under the name teachesofpeaches.
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
Don’t play it safe. Keep questioning yourself.
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
Launching Pitch Zine online – it was something that I never expected to gain such traction, but I’m so glad I started it!
Collaborating with Chrissie Abbott and making a zine together – Reality vs Virtual Reality has had such a great success and we’ve held events in Melbourne, LA and London!
Creating and publishing the Pitch Annual back in 2015 – a fully crowd-funded publication which we poured our blood, sweat and tears into.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Lot’s of things! I can’t share a lot right now, but sit tight – it’s gonna be goooood.
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
100%! I honestly have the best network of women around me. I honestly couldn’t ask for anything more. All of the women in my life are truly inspiring in their own ways and we all help each other to grow and develop our skills. It was definitely not always this way, I come from a family that has pretty traditional values in life and they never really understood my path in life so I had to find the right people to surround myself with.
Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?
For me, it was discovering artists online that I really admire and look up to. I also had a great experience in the State Library in Brisbane as they used to have this crazy good selection of design books and magazines that I couldn’t afford, so I used to hang out there every weekend and gather inspiration.
What do you want to be asked about that no one ever asks you?
How the hell do you keep your fringe looking so neat???
What is your dream project?
Probably working on a creative/immersive event with MoMA or another large gallery and create something really amazing! Also collaborate with a bunch of artists that I really admire.
What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?
My heritage is actually Sri Lankan/Dutch which I know is super surprising…..
What places are important to you?
Home and studio, for sure. I work a crazy amount so my studio is my safe haven when I want to be productive. Home is where I feel comfortable, safe and sheltered. I really emphasis having a solid work-life balance so both are equally important to me.
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
Be your true self. I tried to hard when I was younger to fit in and it just wasn’t for me, I was always feeling like an outsider or felt like I was weird for being a creative. As soon as I learnt this I knew that breaking the mould of a young, modern woman was going to be my calling and I’ve never looked back!
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
I’m reading “I Love Dick” by Chris Krauss which I’m really into. I’m also watching a lot of old RuPaul episodes because I love the artistry of drag so so much!
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
For me, I’d love to see more of the workplace culture change in the creative industries. There’s a lot of people attempting to make it seem like they are inviting, open minded, culturally diverse and willing to try new things but it does feel like a front at times to gain the intrigue of ‘millennials’. I’m noticing a lot of the brands that I’ve respected in the past, jumping on the bandwagon of ‘feminism’ or cultural diversity but in fact fetishising these concepts to gain a profit. That’s not something I respect or condone. Just be true to what you’re aiming to achieve! And if you can’t be true, then be prepared for your brand-conscious customers to call you out on it lol.
How can we find our more about your work?
http://pitch-studios.com (not much right now, but we’re building a new site as we speak) or @pitch_studios
Alternatively follow me on my personal IG account @teachesofpeaches
Who would you most like to answer these questions next?
My wonderful pal Chrissie Abbott, who’s an incredible illustrator/artist!