Today I would like to share with you something playful and fun, inspired by Nordic design and Japanese illustration. A balance of beautiful pastels with a great distinct style, mood and personality. And I am talking about Sketch.ink creations.
Sketch.ink is a showcase of an artist and crafter Becky Kemp living in South East England. Her creations are an exploration of patterns combined with illustrated characters that tell beautiful stories…
Let’s meet the artist!
What do we need to know about you?
I’m an Artist, Crafter and creative explorer.
I run my own small homeware and jewellery business from my home studio in Essex, England.
What are your daily inspirations? What motivates you?
I love the simple aesthetics of Nordic design and the playful creativity of Japanese illustration.
Describe your creative process. What is your favourite part of it?
My process always starts in my sketchbooks from doodles and notes until I can imagine them as a final product. Many ideas fall by the wayside and never make it to a final piece but that’s why I love working for myself. If I loose heart in a design or it simply doesn’t work I wont make it, that way I can stay passionate about every product I sell.
What does your workspace look like? What do you like about it? What would you change?
My studio space is an extension on the back of my house with larger tools and packing materials spread out amongst the small shed village at the bottom of my garden. I often wonder what it would be like to have a dedicated studio away from home but my current set up is just too convenient to warrant changing any time soon.
It has a tiled floor which is easy to clean, tinted glass roof and large windows for great lighting and is only a stones throw from the kitchen and bedroom. I love being able to roll out of bed in the winter, grab breakfast and coffee and take 6 steps to sit at my desk.
If I could change anything I’d add some air-conditioning for the summer and extra heating for the winter.
Describe your typical day.
I work alone so I have to keep a tight schedule and take advantage of daylight hours especially in the winter to complete orders.
I’m usually up by 9am and work on orders until late lunch at 2.
I prepare shipping and run to the post office before 3. The rest of the afternoon is spent working on new ideas until dinner.
6-9pm is my email and shop updating time-slot. I work on orders until after midnight and take a sketchbook to bed with me.
I use my smartphone throughout the day for social media and take an Instagram shot (@sketchinc) each day of whatever I’m working on or interested in.
Your tips for fresh artists, designers and makers.
I think the most important thing I’ve learnt over the last 3 & ½ years is to standout in a crowd. Create your own brand identity and celebrate your strengths and differences.
Becky Kemp can be found on many online platforms showcasing her works here and here. Also she is writing a great blog with some useful tips for all the creative people out there. You can also follow the artist on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
All the images used here are the property of Sketch.ink.