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I'm Deborah - Freelance Illustrator and maker based in Nottingham, UK, dedicated to making beautiful things for beautiful people.
I've been lucky to have worked freelance for the past 8 years, working with some amazing clients around the world who have commissioned my pencil illustrations for everything from wallpaper to book covers.
In 2012 I set up my illustrated business through the Princes Trust, who helped me build my own online shop and subsequently be able to sell my illustrated stationery to wonderful stockists all over the world.
My work is heavily inspired by flora and fauna of the world, sometimes with a dash of culture and tradition and always with a helping of the mystical. Created in fine mechanical pencil, and more often nowadays with black pen, I translate these illustrations into greetings cards, textiles, giftware and stationery.
All of my previous card and product designs have been created for a wider and more general purpose; birthday cards, Christmas cards etc. However this new collection that I have designed is something quite personal to me, and I'd love to tell you why.
Eat Kind Collection
As well as having a love and passion for illustration and design, I also love cooking. I never really got into cooking until after having my daughter, Ophelia, 18 months ago. When we started on the exciting path of baby led weaning my love for cooking sparked.
Through making sure that Ophelia had the right balance of nutrients, and that she was getting the widest and most interesting experiences with food, I found myself really looking at the meals I was making for myself and my husband. I started to thrive on finding new and exciting recipes for us all to enjoy, that were not only healthy but kind to the world too.
You see, we're a family of vegetarians too, and we love the green stuff! Almost as much as we love recycling and composting, or anything that cares for the planet.
So in the end, it was rather a selfish decision of mine to create a collection that encompassed all of these areas in my life, which I could put out into the world to not only make some beauty, but also care for the earth.
After 3 months in the making, I'm excited to share with you my final designs which I hope I can bring to life through this Kickstarter project!
This collection includes:
Weekly Shopping Planner
Completely inspired by my weekday shop, this has been created to not only help with remembering the bread and milk, but to help inspire to try cooking something new or batch cook to save for a day when you don't feel like getting the pans out!
Printed on 80gsm recycled paper, each pad has 50 sheets and has been secured by glue at the top on a hardback board.
Each pad measures at A4 size: 21cm x 29.7cm
Each sheet features lines for your list, plus sections for planning meals for the week, a 'This week I'll Try' section and '3 pantry recipe's' section.
'This week I'll try...' is there to inspire you! Be brave and pop a recipe on there that you never thought you could do. (Mine was sausage rolls and I overcame it!)
'3 Pantry Recipes' section is for noting down what you need to stock up in the freezer or cupboard; ours is usually peanut butter, scones (for lunch) and ice lollies but it can also be bread, stock, and overnight oats to name a few!
At the bottom of the sheet is also a helpful reminder to not forget your bags! It saves you money, and saves on plastic going out into the environment.
Once printed, these pads will feature a recycled belly band (paper band) that will wrap around the pad before being sealed in biodegradable cellophane bag.
100% Screen Printed Cotton Tea Towels
Printed on natural and 100% cotton, these black and white tea towels will feature my botanical illustration surrounding a custom typeface that I have created for the collection, 'Eat Kind'.
These are a nod to anyone who believes that the choices we make on our plate can help the world around us.
A neutral addition to any kitchen, they will fit perfectly into any decor.
Each tea towel measures 70cm x 50 cm
I will be having these printed with a British manufacturer, and they will be packaged lovingly with recycled card wrap in a biodegradable sleeve.
Screen Printed Fairtrade Cotton Grocery Bags, £
Designed to help get your grocery shopping in order, each of these tote bags has been illustrated to help pack your Bakery, Fruit, Milk & Dairy and Vegetables. These are really handy for making sure that your shopping stays in tact (nothing worse than a crushed punnet of strawberries!) without wondering where you put everything!
Tote bag dimensions are 27 cm wide x 37 cm high x 12 cm deep.
Tote bags are of 407gsm weight making them very strong and sturdy!
My custom illustrations will be screenprinted onto the bags, and will features a recycled swing tag with care instructions, hanging from the handles.
Like the tea towels, these bags will be printed with the same UK manufacturer, and will come packaged in a biodegradable cellophane sleeve.
I have 9 different reward tiers available, starting from £5 up to my highest tier of £200. Each level includes an element from this collection, and with many options I hope theres a bundle that's right for you.
The prices for these rewards are Kickstarter only prices and are reduced from the price that each item will be once they've made it to my shop; a special something for you guys in thanks for supporting me!
All rewards will be posted via first class post for the UK and standard airmail for international orders.
If you decide to pledge for my £150 and £200 reward tier, your custom portrait will be sent to you electronically so a contact email will be needed.
Risks and challenges
After having completed one successful Kickstarter back in 2015 I have learnt a lot from the mistakes I made back then, and have planned accordingly.
The main problem I can foresee with this project is issues with the print of the designs. There could be misprints, or delays in the products getting to me. I have allowed for this by making sure I have a good 4 week window open after the project ends to give enough leeway for error, however, if there are further delays I will be in touch with all backers to let them know of the extra wait.
The manufacturer I am having the tea towels and tote bags printed with have done many print runs for me in the past, so I trust in them to deliver high quality products in good time.
If of course you have any other questions or queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch! I am always happy to help.