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About Me

 

Hi I'm Emma and here's a little Q&A all about me...

I'm the crazy-for-colour creator behind Peas-in-a-Pod, Arthur's mum & keeper of a hairy/scaly household.
In between Peas-in-a-Pod and my full time job as a Marketing & Comms Manager I'm a children's book addict and have a number of work-in-progress picture books that i'm determined to get finished.


Where did you study? 

 
I originally wanted to be a graphic designer but got a little side tracked at college and decided to study Fine Art at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design (now the University for the Creative Arts) in quaint little Farnham.
 

How long have you been creating for Peas-in-a-Pod?

 
I've been drawing since I was about 6 (from what I can remember) although apparently prior to this I was never without a colouring book and trusty set of colouring pens! I first realised I could draw when I copied a picture of a woodpecker out of my granny's 'Book of Birds' and it looked pretty much identical to the picture in the book and from then on was hooked with drawing anything and everything. Peas-in-a-Pod has been an evolution and started back in 2010 when I started coming up with ideas for children's picture books - in particular Alphabets and 'Compendium of Random Objects'.  Friends and colleagues loved seeing the various drawings and requested commissions and i started to get them printed on to stationery items and greetings cards. I began doing this more and more and In 2012 I started to look into designing for products and it developed further during my maternity leave in 2014.  
Since the arrival of Deputy Pea it's grown and grown - just like him!  Since 2017 I have gone back to my Children's books and am currently realising my first full book.  I've always had difficulty in ending my stories, but i think i've now got two with good endings that i feel happy to show the world!

What are you inspired by?

 
This is quite tricky - short answer is a lot.  Long answer is: I'm a bit of a magpie both of interesting objects (house is full of little vintage/antique finds) as well as anything that I find visually appealing (I have bucket loads of magazine/paper cuttings / web printouts/ flyers/packaging/cards etc etc) - so anything i pick up through rummaging about whether online, in books or in markets/fairs etc.  I get inspired by other artists/illustrators and tend to bank ideas up - they usually come flooding out a few days later, often when i'm driving and i have to pull over and write them down!  Obviously, alot of my illustrations are to do with everyday things so i'll often use the little oddities that come and go in every day life.  I'm a big fan of cartoons, graphic art, bright colour and anthopomorphism which keeps me entertained on a daily basis - I love the idea that everything has a soul of some kind, (think i inherited this from my granny who had names for every household appliance - the dishwasher was Florence and the butter dish was Agatha.) I adore anything that is abit unfinished, scraggy around the edges or that has a story - I think that's why I like the unfinished aesthetic of my drawn line - i like imperfection. This ties in quite nicely with liking things that are so ugly they're cute - so anything kitsch, and of course my pugs who are the perfect example of this!
 

Favourite books

 
My favourite piece of literature is 'A Room with a View' by E M Forster (i'm an old romantic at heart and this holds a special place in mine).  I adore children's books old and new, ranging from Judith Kerr's classic 'The Tiger who came to tea' to the more modern 'Little Red Hood'  (makes me chuckle just thinking about it) by Marjolaine Leray. I adore Morag Hood - her simple, charming illustrations have such a comedic performance to them and combined with her witty stories are (in my humble opinion) a match made in heaven.
 

 

Favourite treat(s)

 
Marmalade toast
 
Fizzy cola bottles
 
Salt & vinegar crisps 

Favourite Artists/illustrators

Jeff Koons - for his tongue-in-cheek celebration of kitsh

Gemma Correll - I share her love of witty illos and penchant for pugs

Jean Jullien - too clever for words and his brush strokes are gorgeous.

Tracey Emin - for her line work etchings

David Shrigley - for everything - the humour, the sadness, the ugliness...

Martin Creed - for his playfulness

Louise Bourgeouis - for her use of materials

Yayoi Kusama - for her crazy world of polka dots and repetition

Marcel Dzama - for his style of drawing

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A cartoonist, followed by a forensic scientist, followed by an artist.  It would seem my 8 year old self knew me far better than I knew myself in my twenties!


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