Naomi Sloman‘s illustrated products are all kinds of awesome. They make fantastic gifts for guys and gals and will be available at Brighton Craftaganza on Saturday 29th November.
Please introduce yourself…
My name is Naomi and I’m an illustrator
Describe the products you currently make to sell
I make products featuring my original illustrations including greetings cards, prints, tea towels and, new this year, mugs & coasters.
Where and when do you design and make your products?
I have a part time job for three and half days a week so I spend my other day and half creating designs for my products as well as working on other illustration commissions. I work from my home office/ studio and manage to spread my stuff all over it even though I’m meant to share it with my husband!
How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?
I started selling three years ago at Brighton and Hove Artists Christmas Open Houses. I now have an Etsy shop and my Christmas Cards have been sold in a few Brighton shops. This year you can find them at the wonderful Dowse on Western Road along with my A-Z Gangster print.
What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?
I moved to Brighton from London 4 years ago. I love London and city life but I also love getting out to the countryside. It’s unbelievably difficult to do that in London – I once spent two hours trying to get from Paddington to the end of the Metropolitan line for a winter walk. By the time I had arrived and eaten a pub lunch it was dark and time to go home. Being sandwiched between the sea and the South Downs is perfect.
Any other crafty disciplines you like to practice?
I would love to be a good photographer but I don’t have the time to learn at the moment. I’m a bit of a cheat and resort to using special effects to create a ‘professional’ photo!
What inspires the things you make?
I mainly draw people and animals so any quirky people I spot out and about can lead to new ideas. Traveling abroad is also a great way to get fresh inspiration. And I love a good story – I recently made a short comic about a Victorian menagerist, which will soon be available to buy in my Etsy shop.
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