Go check it out and come back! I’ll wait here for you.
What do you think? Tell me honestly. I’m still trying to figure out my style, so all feedback is helpful. All I know so far is that I want to make things that are simple, a little sophisticated and fun!
If possible, I’d also like to my work to touch on issues that are important to me like mental health, determination, and how to battle lack of self-confidence. I’m not sure yet how I’m going to bring those into my drawings and designs but I’m going to keep practising, trying out ideas, and see what happens.
The shop is just a few thingamabobs for now but I have big plans for screen-printed long-sleeve t-shirts, embroidered baseball caps and more cards and posters.
The Wonky Peach shop all grew out of me having a Veruca Salt style tantrum when I couldn’t figure out how to use Photoshop…
Embarrassed and pissed off by my fear of all things design, at the beginning of June, I set myself the challenge of learning how to use Photoshop. I’d always thought that programs like Photoshop and Illustrator were the province of professionals. People who had studied design at University or who had been sketching studies of human hands since kindergarden and who were ‘CREATIVE’.
I was convinced that I was incapable of anything creative, beyond distinguishing between Art Deco and Art Nouveau. I believed that creativity was innate and woven into the makeup of your brain and character. I never stopped to think that maybe creativity came from the action of creative things, that perhaps it flowed from your hands up to your brain, rather than the other way around.
Now, four months later, I’ve actually made some posters and cards on Photoshop that I’m quite proud of!
I wanted to create some posters that I could put up and that would make me feel upbeat and make me laugh.
Andy is actually the genius behind the ‘Fuck off’ poster. I love how simple it is and how it takes you a second to see what’s happening.
The rainbow ‘send some love’ postcards below came out of my experience as a teacher.
When I was teaching full-time, I always had notecards in my desk so that I could write out a quick ‘Thank you!’ message or a ‘you’re doing a great job… kids be kids’ type message to the other teachers.
I know how much similar notes from my Head of Department and Head Teacher helped me get through some hard days.
Another aspect of my life I’d really like to include in my designs is my dual nationality- British born, French grown.
English will always be my first language but I often feel like my style and behaviour is more French. Moving back to France with Andy has really made me fall in love with speaking French again. I keep rediscovering words and expressions that suddenly seem strange and wonderful.
The ‘send a bonjour’ postcards came from wanting to share some of the great ways French people say hello and goodbye. I think ‘Coucou!’ is my favourite.