Whimsical illustrator Josie Shenoy has collaborated with stylish and sustainable British brand, Talented, to create a beautiful collection of ethically made tote bags, laptop cases and zip purses. Josie shares her story with us…
Talk us through your design process.
Research is very important to me as my illustrations are a reflection of my love of story telling. Once I have decided what my theme is and worked out a compositional sketch, I get to work using a combination of detailed pencil drawing, collage and traditional print methods. Everything is done by hand, apart from the very last stages of the illustration, such as cleaning up or adjusting colours on Photoshop.
What inspires your designs?
Recently I’ve taken inspiration from the flora and fauna of India, London curiosities, the traditional pattern work of the Arts and Crafts movement, vintage maps and the work of Grayson Perry, amongst other things. My studio is also a very inspiring place, full of busy craftspeople making beautiful work ranging from woven blankets and leather shoes to handmade violin bows!
How did your collaboration with Talented come about?
I was approached by Julia from Talented through a friend and was immediately impressed by the quality of the bags. I wanted to work with a bag manufacturer that listened to my input and allowed me to have a say on the whole process. I love the idea of applying illustration to practical items; Talented’s products tap into the imagination and tell a story.
What makes the collection special?
Julia and I worked together to ensure everything was perfect before we went into manufacture, so it has been lovingly crafted from start to finish. Two of my best-selling prints; Stag (top) and Hare (bottom right), have been given a little lift with a gorgeous metallic gold colour to give them that extra special touch.
What’s next for you?
I am working on some lovely commissions at the moment, including collections for Anthropologie, the British Museum, Hampton Court Palace and the House of Commons. These will all be released in 2016. I’m also finishing new Christmas cards and brand new illustrations ready for our Open Studios at the end of the year.
Describe your creative style in three words.
Intricate, decorative, narrative.