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Rebecca Mills


Rebecca Mills is an illustrator working out of Perth. Her work reflects her graphic design background with its geometric shapes and considered colour palettes. Her bold, textured artwork celebrates animals and the natural world with super-serious twists: you’ll find giraffes whizzing by on bicycles, snakes sporting new glasses, and sharks wearing tuxedos.

Why is Locker Room Important to you?

Locker Room Talk is such a fantastic idea. The only way we’ll get these ‘taboos’ to be more understood, recognised and ‘normalised’ is through discussion… and what a better way to discuss it than through art?!

Is there a topic or issue that you wished we all talked about more openly?

Mental health, in particular anxiety. It, along with panic disorders, affects women at twice the rate of men. I love that the times are-a-changing and the conversation is growing. 10 years ago, offhandedly telling a client you were having an anxious week would be damn near career suicide. Now, with some clients, I can, and often get a “I’ve been there” in response. The more open environment of understanding and comradeship makes the world of difference.

What's something you'd like to see in your dream locker room?

Lots of puppies please!

Can you talk us through one of the challenges you’ve faced during your career?

A couple years ago I had a pretty catastrophic break down thanks to the beauty of surprise surgery, unmanaged anxiety and persistent overscheduling. I was running a ludicrous number of projects simultaneously while looking after two small children and trying to be a functioning member of my family/society. Thanks to an amazing therapist that held up a pretty stark mirror to myself, I’ve been able to set some clear boundaries to establish a better work life balance, and have found a lot of great ways to help manage my inner monkey.

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