You may know me as Lateral thinker on DA and FA
I graduated from Coventry University in 2012 with a degree in product design, specializing in Toy Design.
Since 2006 I have been creating bespoke soft toys; this began as an exercise for me; designing and working out patterns, and creating and experimenting with different fabrics such as fleece and corduroy. Due to the positive feedback and requests I had received thanks to my online portfolio, in 2007 I began taking commissions to recreate the characters of clients as soft toys. As well as forming my own aesthetic, I greatly enjoy working with the styles of others and I am also very adept at illustrating to get an understanding and feel for characters, working closely with the customer to bring their ideas to life.
Since 2009 I have been working to make this into a registered business and sell my work via an online store. I have ambitions to tour appropriate fares and conventions to distribute my products, building my customer base and look into collaborating with other bespoke freelancers.
As well as many years of online commission experience making soft toys, since graduating I have had professional experience as a freelance plush pattern designer.
My creative process involves a lot of brainstorming and preliminary sketching while in regular contact with the client, developing digital and traditional model sheets and creating prototypes up until the products completion. Working with a company called Dempsey Designs Ltd, designing soft toys as craft kit patterns to be added to a line called 'Mini Craft Kits' http://www.dempseydesigns.com/Minicraft.htm
My Interests lie in Natural History (fictional, factual and legend), The Art of character design and story telling, as well as the eternal path to Self improvement. I collect reference books and get giddy over new stationary and craft tools. I have always enjoyed giving form to ideas, and broadening my horizons.
Having Patrons for this last year really has made a big difference to my self esteem and productivity. Although I am still a scatterbrained person (learning difficulties and anxiety), so it has been a struggle to think of what to share on there that's worth sharing.
Also, I'm noticing that I seem to get a lot more verbal feed back on my work when posting to other social media sites and art communities, but I don't feel right sharing things with here that I think my patrons should have priority over.
Lastly, I am a person who has to watch their spending, as I never know how much-or-little money I will have from month to month, so I am always anxious to avoid anything that requires regular payments, so if feels kinda hypocritical to expect anybody else to be okay with that.
I want to share more wips, but not have a money wall there, but a means of support and tipping.
I want to show you all more of the stuff I have been doing at Centrepieces (http://centrepieces.org/), a mental health Art charity based in Bexleyheath, UK. I've had a studio space since January, and it's helped my work so much! (also, more free space at home!). I have lots of dolls to show you; old and new, and I want to show you whats for sale!
Sorry for the super long sentences. Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts.
Joined 14 February 2013