Terri Peay draws inspiration from her serene surroundings in rural Dorset, capturing the quirky characteristics of wild animals through stunning watercolour illustrations. Commission your own design or choose from her classic collection, available on a range of homewares, accessories and stationery.
How did your business come about?
Ever since I was a young child I’ve had a passion for painting animals. I used to create my own card designs (complete with hand-drawn barcode on the back!) featuring my family’s beloved pets, as well as creatures I came across growing up in rural Dorset. Studying Textiles at university allowed me to develop my love of illustration and design, paving the way for me to set up my own business. I’ve been so lucky to have the support of friends and family throughout my journey, too.
Describe your design process.
All my illustrations are generally created in pen, watercolour and ink. I like to ensure everything is painted by hand as I feel this reflects my rustic country style. If the illustration is a commission it is mounted, framed and sent off to its new home. If it’s part of a new collection, I’ll scan it and prepare it digitally, ready to send off to print. My fabric products come back to me as a large length of fabric, which I then make into cushions and key rings. I make my coasters by hand as well.
How would you describe your own interior style?
I live next to the beautiful Jurassic coast, so my home features a modern country coastal theme. I’ve used nautical colours alongside furnishings and wallpaper inspired by my own illustrations.
What’s your most prized piece in your home?
It’s actually a room! My studio – everyday I walk in there I’m reminded of how lucky I am to do the job I do.
What’s next for you?
As well as expanding my ranges I’m working on a project for an animal charity, something I’d like to continue to do. I want to give something back to the animals that have inspired me so much over the years.
What do you love most about the countryside?
The views that Dorset’s coastal and country landscapes offer all year around are incredible.
Sum up your creative style in three words.
Quirky, individual and fun.