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Deborah Ballinger from Deborah Ballinger Illustrations
Tell us a little about yourself and your company?
I’m a freelance illustrator, surface and giftware designer based in Brighton & Hove. My company is simply me! All of my illustrations have been used to cover note books, cards, writing sets, tote bags and more.
Describe your typical working day ...
It always starts with a brew and that’s because I start early! I like to write out my agenda for the day, mark up emails to get back to/work on, and simply work my way through my list. It could be packaging up Etsy sales, sorting out wholesale orders or starting to draft up and complete new illustrations or new products. Most weekends you will find me at a market flogging my stuff, having a nice chin-wag with customers I would otherwise never see from my little flat!
What is the best thing about your job?
I’m very lucky that I get to make money from my illustrations, something I never imagined people would want to give me money for! That, and getting to see the breadth of the country; I never know where a trade show or market may take me.
Do you use any specialist techniques or equipment to create your products? –
All of my illustrations start life in pencil, I then manipulate or colour them in Photoshop.
Your products …
What is your personal favourite product in your collection?
I love my Origami Writing Sets – when I first came up with the idea it was really just for me as I’m a big letter writer. My mum was the one who encouraged me to put it forward to the public and it really makes me happy to see that people still want to carry on that amazing tradition of writing and giving letters, something we’ve all seemed to have forgotten!
What are the most popular products in your range?
These would have to be my temporary tattoos and gift-wrap. I’ve had customers get in touch to tell me how they loved their gift-wrap so much they have actually used it as a poster rather than to wrap presents!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on seasonal patterns that can be used on a variety of applications; wedding ties, wedding invitations as well as gift wrap, origami sets or note cards. I’ve been really inspired recently by medieval tapestries and sigils, and wanted to create something modern and beautiful.
What do you have planned for 2013?
There are a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline, hopefully branching out into ceramics and fabrics.
Your inspiration …
The old way of living, morals, history, culture and all things natural.
What other card and gift designers do you admire?
Cath Kidston is undoubtedly my idol as what she has managed to create with her patterns is something I have always dream of. I also love all the artists from Art Press Publishing – some truly unique card designs!
What current or upcoming trend are you're coveting?
I’m not all that great with following trends as I only seem to focus on things that I personally love! Recently I’ve been getting into 50’s colour shades such as pastels and soft finishes.
Quick questions ...
What is your favourite book?
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
What is your favourite film?
That’s a tough one! It has to be Goodbye Lenin, a film that always sticks out in my mind.
What is your favourite album / band or song? All 3 if you want!
Family by Noah Gundersen.
What is your favourite card or gift brand?
I’ve recently fallen in love with Do You Punctuate? A fantastic letterpress business.
What is your favourite website or blog?
I adore the blogs The Dainty Squid and Indie by Heart.
What can't you live without?
A book in my bag.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating peanut butter from the jar.
Thank you Deborah! Click here to see Deborah's website.