I'm very excited!
We are also expecting a parcel from Adelaide early next week! I had to tell you now - why wait?
Independent Australian Designer Pip Kruger hand makes the CUTEST kitty brooches and we'll soon be Newcastle's exclusive stockists of them. (Tuesday Sarah will LOVE these!) We also hope to take on more of her delightful items in the future (once we've rearranged yet again in an attempt to find space where it appears there is none!) Pip took the time on the weekend to answer some quick questions so we can get to know her a little!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Philippa (Pip) Kruger and I’m a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer. I work under the name PipDesign. I love to experiment by combining my pen and ink line work with collected textures and fabrics through digital collage.
Where are you located?
Adelaide. I work from home in my little studio, although, come to think of it, the rest of the house is pretty much consumed by my work as well...oops!
How long have you been creating your lush wares?
I started PipDesign about 2 years ago, but it is only this year that I have dedicated my full time and attention to this little business. Ever since I can remember I have loved to draw and make things with my hands, so establishing an outlet for my creativity was a natural step for me. I love stationary and paper goods, so creating some of my own is the best feeling! Aside from my greeting cards and prints, I also recently launched a line of wooden Kitty Brooches. They are based on hand-drawn shapes, so each one different, no two are the same. I'm never wanted to go down the path of mass production, so selling brooches that are unique and one off was really important to me.
Are you someone who generally tends to buy Handmade over mass produced? Why?
Definitely. I cherish the natural imperfections and beauty that comes with things that are hand-made. i especially like it when i know or know of the maker too. A product that is hand-made (locally, even better!) will most likely be of better quality and at the end of the day you can sleep well knowing that you supported someone doing what they love.
Do you have any new items in the pipe works that you'd like to hint to us about?
Yes, I do! I am currently in the process of creating some repeat patterns. Over the next few weeks I'll be printing these onto fabric. I'm not sure were this will lead, but I'm always open to experimenting with different ways in which to apply my illustrations.
Do you also sell online?
Yes, I do have an etsy shop, but I focus almost all my energy on bricks and mortar. If someone asks me where they can purchase a particular item of mine, I always send them in the direction of the nearest shop I am stocking at. I think it is really important to give back to the people who support me.
Would you like for me to link to your store for those poor people not able to get into Blackbird?
For those people unable to make it in store, my shop is www.etsy.com/pipdesignshop.com I recently started a blog too, this is where I share my inspirations and journey as an illustrator: www.pipkruger.blogspot.com.au. You can keep up to date with my exhibitions and what I'm up to, in fact I'll be in Sydney in November for a group exhibition I'm taking part in, keep you posted! :)
PS - Isn't she lovely!?
I'm so blessed that I get to only deal with lovely people whilst owning a shop that sells only things that we love!