1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background...
Hello, I am Sarah, a children's illustrator from Germany, living and working from Paris.
I have always loved to be creative during childhood - I had the chance to grow up close to nature and my Mum used to take us for long walks to discover the forest.
We brought our little treasures like nuts or leaves from the walks and created cards or fantasy creatures from them at home.
I also remember that I loved to write and illustrate magazines for children and sketch little plans of how I would decorate my home or draw what I could plant in the garden.
I have actually studied Graphic Design but then later decided to pursue my dream of creating illustrations for the kid's market.
After my studies I thought of going either to Amsterdam or Paris and I landed in Paris where I began working for a French company designing wall stickers and more for children.
Now I am freelancing full-time and am lucky to license and sell my designs to various companies all over the world.
2. Tell us about a typical day for you...
There is not really a typical day for me, it depends if I have meetings on the projects I work on... but I am not so much of a morning person,
so I use mornings to organize, answer mails, make lists etc
and then start designing later during the day.
If I have the time, I love to draw in the evenings as I can completely concentrate then.
Also, I like to go out and walk around or go to one of the lovely Parisian markets for my lunch break.
3. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?
If I work on a commissioned project, I begin to do research, make mood boards and sketch from hand and then later re-work everything in Illustrator or sometimes Photoshop.
If I work on self-initiated designs for my catalogue,
I love to think about the possible product first.
Will it be pattern for home decor or a placement print, will it be used in a stationery product?
From then I think about colours, themes and start sketching.
4. Where did the name ‘Little Cube’ come from and is there a particular thought/ meaning behind it?
Actually, the husband of a friend of mine came up with the idea for the name, I didn't want to use my own name and when Martin proposed "Little Cube" as a name I thought it fitted well, it reminded me of the cubes we played with as kids and I liked the idea of having a cube as a symbol for playing.
5. Who are some of your favourite illustrators/designers and what do you like about them?
I love Shinzi Katoh for his cute, retro characters and sweet and playful patterns.
And Anna Walkers illustrations,
the atmosphere and colours of her images and I enjoy looking at her process,
how she develops her characters and stories.
6. You’ve only recently opened your etsy shop…what is your favourite item listed?
And what kind of products can we expect to see in the future?
There are actually two, The Cat Print and the Animal Alphabet are my favourites.
I am currently thinking of adding stickers to the shop.
Maybe pin's, let's see!
7. What are your top three blogs?
and then, not a blog, but I love being on pInterest!
8. Where do you find inspiration and what are you currently passionate about or fascinated by and how is it influencing your work?
Paris was, and still is one of my biggest sources for inspiration, I can't stop looking at all the little scenes happening on the streets and we have a lot of cute shops for kids here and inspiring libraries.
The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Jodie Smith...
Jodie Smith is a Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern student at Leeds College of Art, due to graduate Summer 2017.
She has developed an illustrative, playful style with a love of
colour and characters and feels this lends itself well to designing for children.
Jodie would like to design children’s clothing, books,
stationery and greetings in the future and is seeking either freelance
or in house work but is also considering looking to be represented by an agent.
She is also thinking about developing her storytelling skills through an
MA in children’s book illustration in a few years time.
Jodie enjoys traditional drawing processes such as collage and lino printing but also likes using illustrator for its graphic quality.
She is constantly inspired by children’s book illustrators but her all time favourites are Eric Carle and Christian Robinson, two fellow collagers.
2016 was a busy year for her.
In February she exhibited at Premiere Vision in Paris in February
where she met Lemon Ribbon who she later completed a placement with.
She was shortlisted in a live brief with Tigerprint and also came second in a live brief with Hallmark where she won a cash prize and another placement.
Jodie also exhibited at Surtex NY as well as MoOd in Brussels, all with Leeds College of Art.
She was shortlisted for the Mollie Makes magazine handmade awards
under the ‘Youth’ category and got to present her future business ideas to the panel of Pinterest and Etsy, which was very exciting.
It made her more determined to have her own business in the future.
In her spare time she enjoys visiting new places, going to cafes for tea and cake and cuddling cats, as well as blogging at Pattern Perspective where she celebrates all things pattern and places/things she finds inspiring.
She finds inspiration everywhere but especially when visiting exhibitions, galleries, museums, antique markets and vintage shops.
Jodie can’t wait to see where 2017 takes her, especially life after university, but first she has got a degree show to design and hopes that she will be exhibiting at New Designers in Summer (exciting!)
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I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about Jodie, and seeing a selection of her work.
To get in touch with her, please visit her website here for details.
If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Karen Thaco, you can read it here.
And don't forget, if you'd like to be featured,
please send examples of your work with links to website portfolios,
and some info about you and your background, etc...
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