Hi Cecily! Lovely to see you… even though you’re my sister!
We are very excited to hear about your latest venture Cecily May Rose, designing colourful and bold greetings cards.
How long have you been drawing/designing?
I have been drawing as long as I can remember and have kept scrapbooks since the age of 6. Now I am at The University of Nottingham studying Archaeology and Art History, I really missed being creative, which I spent a lot of time doing at school and I LOVED! Therefore I started again and began a sketchbook, which I draw and collage in during my spare time.
What/Who is your inspiration?
I spend a lot of time collecting magazine and paper cuttings, my favourite being Stella Magazine (The Telegraph Sunday supplement). I loved the fashion articles and images, and tend to get my main inspiration from the clothing prints. I was introduced to the work of William Morris when I was younger; in response, I collect pattern found within foliage, trees and flowers originating here on our family farm.
We LOVE your combination of silhouettes and pattern, where has this evolved from?
Well…I have always loved animals and drawing them! One of my favourite animals being the elephant, I could draw them for hours. I started with an elephant and then since have drawn, monkeys, horses and hares. I create simple silhouettes first and then draw the pattern within it and colour in felt tip with a bright colour. I feel it’s a bold, modern and fun twist on traditional animal drawing.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Living on a farm, my main role is looking after my chickens, I have three different breeds including Buff Orpingtons, Pekins and Light Sussex and have bred these since I was 7 years old. So I spend most of my time pottering around outside checking that ‘chicken corner’ is under control.
Would you like to expand your stationery range?
At this stage I don’t think I will be expanding the stationery range however I think my designs would look really cool on t-shirts and maybe this might be something I look into next.
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Izzi and Lara
IzziRainey is a Norfolk company, based on a farm, designing and manufacturing high quality homeware and interior products within Norfolk and the UK.