5 on Friday Artist Interview : Judy Kaufmann


Welcome to our 5 on Friday Interview with Chilean illustrator Judy Kaufmann who is now based in Barcelona.

I'm a big fan of Judy's colorful artwork, and back in 2012 I had the chance to meet her for a coffee in Barcelona. It was a lot of fun to talk with her, and we spoke about her exciting experience of moving to a new country in Europe in 2004. Judy admitted that it took a lot of courage and determination to make the leap, but coming to Barcelona has certainly worked out well for her.

If you are planning a trip to Barcelona, Judy has made a wonderful Barcelona City Guide for design*sponge that you can see here

Her very cool apartment has also been featured on design*sponge and bloesem, and don't miss her Etsy shop for prints and Society 6 for iPhone/iPad skins + cases.

I particularly love her Icon Series - can you identify all of her portraits of creatives? More here.

Welcome Judy! Please tell us about yourself, what you do, and name 5 of your favorite things. 

I'm Judy Kaufmann, an illustrator from Santiago, Chile.  I may juxtapose my 5 favorites as; drawing, Peruvian cuisine, swimming which helps me to relax and disconnect, traveling and discovering new places and reading all kind of magazines which I think are brilliant inspiration sources. 

Where do you live, what do you like about it - and what place would you most like to visit one day?

I live in Barcelona. Barcelona is a compact and intense city. It is dynamic, socially and culturally rich, cosmopolitan, the quality of life is high and 

I love the fact that you can cycle all around the city.

I would like to visit Turkey where is really appealing for it's harmony in its contrasts, and also Venezuela and Colombia...

How do you manage to keep a good life/work balance and stay healthy and fit?

I go swimming frequently and I bike everyday to everywhere.
What is the most exciting adventure you ever had?

I think my most exciting adventure was moving to Barcelona 10 years ago and meeting different cultures. Also my lone journey to North India for several months was quite exciting as well. 

What are your creative projects and dreams for 2014, and what is your advice to those who would like to pursue a more creative, artistic path too?

I'm really excited about my new pattern collection for 2014. As an advice I may share my motto: 

1. The time you spend drawing is proportional to the quality of your artwork.
2. The time you spend traveling is proportional to the quantity of inspiration.

Thank you Judy for joining us today! I'm always delighted to see how your creative work progresses and you've had so many interesting projects lately, congratulations on everything! xo

Connect with Judy on her websiteetsytwitter, and pinterest.

And - I know some of you are eagerly awaiting the results of my giveaway for a free spot in Xanthe Berkeley's wonderful video e-course Creating Time Capsules! Thank you Xanthe, and thanks to everyone who left a comment!

According to the random generator I used today (Sophia + Lucy weren't available today as helpers) - our winner is #2 - and the second person to leave a comment was Lisa Rydin Erickson, congratulations Lisa!


I wish everyone a fun weekend and another 5 on Friday Interview will be coming your way next week!