Interview with Justyna Stasik

The creator of the Go Girl! sticker pack
Sticker.Place: Where are you from and where do you live now?
Justyna Stasik: I’m from Poland and I currently live in Montreal, Canada.
SP: Tell us about your stickers' characters.
JS: It’s a bunch of fun, cheeky girls who are not afraid of showing their emotions and go a little crazy sometimes.
SP: Which of your illustrations is your favorite?
JS: I must say my Almost Naked Sporty Chubbies series. They are crazy popular and bring many people joy. There's something weirdly satisfying in illustrating chubby and naked girls working out, struggling with themselves and apparently many people can relate to them too. That's always a very rewarding for an illustrator.
SP: Tell us about your first illustration.
JS: I think the first serious illustration I made was the portrait of Trine Hahnemann for TEDx Cracow. I didn’t get paid and it was way before my style evolved to what you can see now but I was extremely excited about illustrating for TED and spend way too much time on this piece being afraid it’s not good enough.
SP: Tell us about your background and experience.
JS: I'm a self-learner, at some point in my teenage life I just started drawing for fun, making collages and doodling in notebooks after school. I have a background in Polish start-up community where I was designing apps for kids as well as illustrating children's books. I spent a lot of time creating for youngsters which influenced my style and left a little light and fun element in it. I left Poland in 2014, lived in France for some time and now I’m living in Montreal where I started working on my own as a freelance illustrator.
SP: What are your plans for the future?
JS: I try not to plan too much because it rarely goes the way I expected and frankly so far the best things that happen to me in my career were the ones that came by surprise.
SP: What is your favorite app or game?
JS: I n s t a g r a m !!!! I could scroll through it forever and I love how easy you can connect with other artists, stay inspired and find new ideas there. As for the games - Two Dots, because it’s beautifully designed and illustrated and it’s really addictive.