Biography

Spencer Harrison is a graphic artist, designer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Behind his energetic and vivid creations is a playful imagination and fascination with daydreams, adventures, nature and fun.

A colourful palette brings his playful illustrations, patterns, objects and commercial projects to life. Never without a notebook, Spencer scribbles inspirations, ideas and humorous musings between the pages and his sense of spontaneity and curiosity is evident in his mesmerising works.

Perpetually immersed in a side-project, his current obsession with repeat patterns has manifested as Rhythm and Repeat, a weekly illustration project dedicated to creating unique patterns for textile and print. Previously, he created the daily illustration project MNML Thing and has produced an array of handcrafted ceramics and leather products. Such explorations have led to partnerships with brands, designers and homeware producers.

Before becoming a graphic artist, Harrison co-founded the design studio Pennant. His appetite for collaboration has not ceased and he continues to work closely with brands, companies and passionate individuals. With degrees in Nanotechnology and Visual Communication, he brings a unique blend of equal parts analytical and creative thinking with a dash of fun.

His work has garnered numerous awards including the Newstar Print Trust Award at agIdeas in 2010 and has been featured in several design publications. Learning from the best at design studios such as Pentagram (NY) and MASH (Australia), Spencer passes on his knowledge and inspiration through teaching creative workshops and guest lecturing.

Outside of the studio he can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, adventuring with friends, tending to his garden bed or curled up reading a good book with a good cup of tea.


Selected Press

Interview on Hello Play on Pitch Zine, 2015

Rhythm and Repeat feature on The Design Files. 2014

Interview on Pitch Presents, 2014

MNML Thing Feature on The Design Files, 2013


Exhibitions

Hello Play, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, June 2015

Unmagic Eye (with Billie Justice Thompson), Melbourne, 2014


Education

Bachelor of Visual Communication, University of South Australia, 2010

Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology), Flinders University, 2004


Awards

Fabrica Travelling Scholarship Award, AGideas, 2010

Newstar Collie Print Trust Award, AGideas, 2010

Best Graduate Portfolio, AGDA South Australia, 2010

Best Graduate Portfolio, University of South Australia, 2010