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Eloise and Marianna are decorators, graphic designers and lettering artists. They are the founders of Blend creative studio in Rome. They have combined their artistic studies with a passion for Lettering and their work ranges from graphics advertising, publishing and interior design. They are known for their brightly coloured murals, with unique letters and shapes and for the inevitable coffee breaks.

Tell us a fun fact about you

When we go out to eat before ordering the dishes, we always gossip about the fonts of the menus and the interior design of the room and the waiters we hate because they have to pass several times to make us order.

How did you get into illustration?

We love to draw as a child. Over the years we have attended different artistic studies and then we met in a Graphics Academy. Here we started our creative project on letters.

Who or what inspires you the most?

We are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Exhibitions, events, cultural spaces and all the art of Rome are a constant inspiration for us.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A rich breakfast with a good coffee, a chat with friends and a visit to the To Do List. Mail, calls, Instagram, running in the metropolis, sketches for various clients. So our days are always really full.

What do you do when you have a creative block?

The best thing to do is to break away from the blank paper, take a long walk, or watch a movie. Then you come back with more energy and new ideas.

Top three clients you’ve worked with?

A local street food, a bakery and a brewery.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work?

The most precious tool is definitely pencil and paper. Then we digitise our illusrations to the PC. But we also use a lot of brushes and paints with which we have a lot of fun.

What’s your favourite resource for inspiration?

We keep up-to-date on international lettering artists. We also take inspiration from the books on typography and lettering, posters, signs and many letters that we discover during our travels and in our city.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance?

Choose a good travel and business friend. Never give up, work a lot and have even more fun.

What would your dream project be?

Paint the walls of all the cities of the world with our big letters.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work?
Instagram

  

Born in Thailand and based in Chicago, Illinois, Jane Wongjirad is a full-time senior graphic designer/art director. At night, she’s a lettering artist who goes by Cottonwood312. She loves flourishes, flowers and fun. She wants to spread out positive messages and hopes that her arts cheer up others.

Tell us a fun fact about you
Recently, I became a mom to a handsome 11-months old Border Collie mix. He’s such a good boy.

How did you get into illustration?
I love drawing and art at a very young age. I didn’t go to art school but I always pick up a pencil to sketch on something. I work in graphic design and art direction so that skill comes in handy. I started to explore hand-lettering couple years ago. Now it becomes part of my day.

Who or what inspires you the most?
Nature. Traveling. Putting myself in other cultures.

What does a typical day look like for you?
With a coffee cup in hand, I’m usually at my desk by 9 am. I work from home so I can sit here all day long. Though I try to break up my day by walking the dog or getting up to grab snacks/water.

What do you do when you have a creative block?
I try to get some inspirations from other artists on IG or by flipping through design magazines. Other times, I just walk away from it.

Top three clients you’ve worked with?
A software company, a drug management company and a company that makes chewing gums.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work?
Paper and pencil, and my lovely iPad Pro.

What’s your favourite resource for inspiration?
Instagram, Pinterest, Communication Arts magazines, museums.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance?
Currently I’m a full-time employee but I freelanced for years. Freelance doesn’t mean ‘free’ or low-cost service so know your worth and manage your time. Also, you only want to work with someone who wants to work with you. It’s ok to say no.

What would your dream project be?
Seeing my work on print ads, packagings or billboards somewhere.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work?
Instagram

Danii Pollehn is a print designer and illustrator living in Hamburg, Germany. After graduating with an honors in Fashion Design from the Academy of Fashion & Design in Berlin and Hamburg, Danii has worked as a freelance stylist for magazines and print-commercials for several years. With a special interest in nature, traveling and paying attention to the details in everyday surroundings Danii finds an endless source of inspiration to create unique and innovative artwork and designs.

Tell us a fun fact about you I´m addicted to asian food, chocolate, trench-coats, Frank Ccean, Sampha and James Blake, my sneakers, books, art, breakfast, grocery shopping and I‘m leaving a crumb trail!

How did you get into illustration? I was always painting and drawing so it seemed like a logic career path to me.

Who or what inspires you the most? Plants and flowers of course but traveling and my every day surroundings are always a great way to get inspired!

What does a typical day look like for you? Starting with a great breakfast afterwards checking and answering emails, and working and preparing orders. Painting in the afternoon and working on Instagram in the evening.

What do you do when you have a creative block? Just stop forcing it and try to use the time to meet friends and have long walks!

Top three clients you've worked with? Recently I did flowers for a big company which I really enjoyed creating. Winning a design contest to have a textile design with Urban Outfitters was amazing when I started out, or I also enjoyed creating an entire print collection for a local surfwear company!

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? Procreate and Photoshop.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Pinterest or I also love to check out old books on fleamarkets!

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Get yourself out there and start networking!

What would your dream project be? Designing for big fashion houses like Gucci or Chloe or just have my stuff on big billboards in NYC would be awesome! Having my own home decor collection with ikea would also be perfect!

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram

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