commercial art. After graduating with a major in music, Bex surrendered her artistic ambitions to office jobs and family and eventually set up a jam-making business.
It was during a personal crisis that Bex discovered that there was indeed a place for the colourful, botanical and character art she had been making throughout her youth. Online, she not only discovered artists who were working in similar styles but also stumbled upon the classes of Make Art That Sells. She quickly enrolled and after a steep learning curve that would last a couple of years, Bex got an agent. Her first commissions soon followed and she now creates joyful patterns and illustrations for stationery, fabrics and home décor.
Having collaborated on both these projects with friends, Alina dreamt of one day owning her own place, but first she went to explore the world via art residencies which took her to Amsterdam, Finland, L.A., Taiwan and back to Amsterdam where she decided to stay for a while to tackle that big dream of hers. And so, in March 2020, just as the first lockdown was announced, Alina received the keys to what has since become PANSY – her studio as well as workshop venue and retail space. For now, she has packaged up the workshops she hoped to host at Pansy into DIY ceramic making kits for people to do at home, but no lockdown can stop Alina from making cute things for nice people.
While the design elements of her job had always somewhat fulfilled her need for artistic expression, she eventually realised that something was missing and began spending her lunch breaks drawing with a group of other creatives at work. With her artistic spark reignited, she took part in a daily drawing project for 100 days and started dipping into Orange Beak Studio’s picture book workshops and tutorials. Having filled countless sketchbooks over the course of a few years, she took the leap in 2019 and quit her job to do an MA in children’s book illustration which she will complete at the end of this year. Happy to have found her way back to art, Ella loves to inspire others to get creative which she does via her Patreon, creative mentoring sessions and Happy Sun Art workshops.
her job, moving from Munich to Leipzig, becoming a mother and going full-time with her new career as a designer of timeless handbags and accessories made from natural leather. Today Franziska works from her beautiful atelier and showroom in the heart of Leipzig where she and her small team create minimalistic design gems made to be treasured.
used to reacquaint himself with his artistic side. He began experimenting with new techniques the result of which was his first non-commissioned picture book Nothing Happened. Since then, several have followed including Island for which he received the Prémio Andersen Award and the Dutch Children’s Bookstore Prize.
Since last year, Mark helps aspiring picture book illustrators get one step closer to achieving their dreams via his Masterclass Programme.
Today, they do not only run The Weavery B&B with lots of love and passion but also work with weavers in Driss’ hometown whose lives their are improving one carpet at a time.
Hi, I'm Chantal Valerie. I'm a writer and self-taught illustrator. I am inspired by late bloomers and creative self-starters (I only started drawing at the age of 34) and since I believe they deserve more visibility, I started my blog series ‘5 Questions for …’.