So we have all had a long lazy summer right? Well in our dreams we did anyway! As everyone starts gearing up for September, whether you have kids at school or not, we all seem to get our act together and start focusing again. My focus all summer has been to have as much fun with the kids as possible whilst working on my new venture, Mabel goes Interior Design!
More about that in the next installment, but in the mean time, I promised you the story of my journey to this point, and here is a pocket sized version of that story!
My parents will tell you that as a child I used to rearrange my bedroom all the time and had colour coordinated ornaments and accessories (interiors obsession begins) and I would draw and paint and draw and paint non stop (art and design obsession begins).
I studied GCSE Art as well as Graphic Design, A level Art, Art Foundation, BA Hons Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration and finally a City and Guilds in Interior Design. However it took me a long time to meander my way to this point, via Liberty of London, Jigsaw fashion retail, Recruitment, high end kitchen design at John Lewis of Hungerford, Farrow & Ball and then finally I had a light bulb moment! I designed my first Mabel linocut print as a christening gift for my youngest niece, and Evelyn Bunny was born. I was super inspired to get back to my printmaking days and designed a linocut creature for all my other nieces and nephews and for my own children.
We now have Daniel Fox, Edward Squirrel, Charlie Mouse, Connor Wolf, Leon Bear, Pearce Peacock, Florence Dove, Olivia Ladybird and many more joining Evelyn Bunny and I cannot tell how much it fills my heart with joy knowing that these enchanting creatures adorn the walls of so many children’s (and adults) rooms all over the world! Yes, there are Mabel delights that have travelled to Australia, New Zealand, all over the U.S., France, Spain and more.
Joining the Cambridge Etsy community in December 2016 I was given brilliant advice by the Cambridge Made team, they suggested my designs would work well as tea towels, coasters, cushions etc and so I set about sourcing manufacturers of such items for artists like myself. The fabulous Countryside Arts came to the rescue and to this day, they make all my kitchenalia, placemats, aprons and all.
Enjoy the last days of the summer holidays and I will be back again soon with super exciting news. Hope to see you again soon lovelies xx