British illustrator Feena Brooks designs & creates beautiful modern art prints for children and is founder and owner of Little Ink. We are delighted to be able to add a selection of Feena's wonderful prints to our shop collection. Her colourful Animal alphabet (we love the urchin and jellyfish!) and Robot alphabet prints make a stylish addition to any baby's nursery or child's room. We are super happy that Little Ink's Scandinavian style monochrome version of the Robot alphabet print is to be a Deco Baby exclusive! Thank you Feena! :-)
Feena originally trained in Fine Art at Oxford University and then went on to work as a graphic designer. After the arrival of her two boys she realised how hard it is to find stylish, modern wall art and stationary for children and so she decided to design her own. The result is Little Ink.
We had a lovely chat with Feena...
Feena, how did you get started as an illustrator?
I was constantly drawing from a very young age, and at 10 announced that I was going to be an artist. At school I was given a set of oil paints and from then on I was hooked. I spent most of my time in the art room, even skipping PE lessons to hide out there!
I drew and painted my way through A-levels and then went to Oxford University to study Fine Art. After a fabulous 3 years I moved to London and worked for a year in advertising. Although the experience was useful, it wasn't for me. I realised that computer skills would be essential for the future and so I bought myself a second hand Mac and enrolled on some part-time graphics courses at London College of Printing and Camberwell College of Arts.
I began doing in-house design for several well known brands including the wallpaper and fabric designers, Osborne & Little. I also rented a studio and continued to paint, exhibiting successfully throughout the UK and in New York. From then on my career was a balance of painting and graphic design, with periods spent painting in both Singapore and New York.
After my first son was born in 2008 I realised I needed to find work that would fit in with being a Mum. Having a child of my own reminded me of all the things I loved to draw as a young girl and I began to doodle some ideas in-between the nappy changes. I was also busy re-decorating and wanted some stylish wall art for the nursery that wasn't cutesy or beige. The doodles in my sketchbook turned into finished designs and Little Ink was born. Illustration is the perfect meeting place between my fine art and graphic design skills - it's a great job and I'm very lucky to be doing what I love.
How do you juggle work with being a mum?
With difficulty! I have three children aged 5, 3 and 10 months and life is a constant juggling act. I work from home, which is great as I am always there for the kids, but it does mean that the boundary between home life and work can be very blurred. It can also be a challenge to keep toddlers away from mummy's art supplies!
I make Little Ink work by doing little and often - it's amazing what can be achieved by doing very small chunks of work throughout the day. I have one day a week when the children are in childcare and I can save all the jobs that require long periods of concentration (such as drawing) for this day. I also work most evenings after the kids have gone to bed.
Being organised is key. I utilise technology as much as possible - my iPhone and iPad are lifesavers as I can manage orders and admin whilst out and about. I use Evernote to collect and store online ideas and inspiration and I also use several apps to help me organise home life. Although I love technology, I also love a good old-fashioned to-do list and have 2 big black books - one for home and one for Little Ink. These keep my appointments, orders and lists in one place, which is really handy and saves a lot of time. Being a mum was the inspiration behind Little Ink and so I work hard to ensure I can balance both sides of my life. It can be hard at times but it's well worth it!
How do you relax?
Hot baths. Dancing round the kitchen with the kids. Walks on the beach. A good book. Drawing. Bad Saturday night telly. Flying kites. Spa breaks. Playdough. More hot baths!
Each of Feena's prints starts life as a series of pencil drawings before any computer work is done; this gives the finished product a lovely organic feel.
All designs are printed on heavyweight 300gsm matt paper using high-quality Epson inks which give vibrant long-lasting colour. Each A3 print measures 297mm x 420mm and has a white border ready for mounting.
Many little girls simply adore the colour pink and why not, it is such a happy colour! Here are some of my favourite items for a pink themed baby girl's nursery or little girl's bedroom.
Please click on the following links for more information... 1. Honeycombs 'sweet', 2. Petit Pan bamboo chair, 3. Färg & Form Cloud storage, 4. Blabla Kids wooly pillow, 5. Miffy lamp, 6. Blabla Kids cloud pillow, 7. Pêle Mêle wall sticker, 8. Färg & form cloud storage, 9. Fabulous Goose Fairytale baby blanket
Blanca Gómez is a Spanish Illustrator living and working in Madrid. We love her clean and simple style.
She started doing illustrations for her mother when she was a child; now she makes illustrations for clients around the world, for her own shop catalogue and, of course, sometimes for her mum too.
Her universe is inspired by Jacques Tati, Peynet, Sempé, together with primary colours and graphic shapes.Kids as well as grown-ups love her poetic wall stickers.
All her wall stickers are large size 120cm x 45cm. La Pomme print is size A3 and sold unframed.
When I found out I was having a baby boy, I began searching the internet for boy's nursery ideas. There were so many great ideas out there, but with just one room to work on, it was tricky to decide how the nursery should be styled. In the end I went for a natural theme and used several contemporary wall-stickers which included trees, birds and rabbits. If you're trying to decide on a theme yourself, here are some great baby boy nursery ideas that I hope will inspire you when styling your own baby boy's nursery. Find fun, modern nursery decoration here