Take a Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes of Gemimalou

Say hello to …

Gemma Hampton from Gemimalou

Tell us a little about yourself and your company?

I am an illustrator living in Bristol. Fuelled by a passion for drawing and painting along with a penchant for stationery, I began selling my work last year. I design a range of goodies including greeting cards, prints and accessories. My playful designs explore shape, negative space and the use of colour.

Describe your typical working day … 

The day begins with a strong coffee and 6music on the radio. I tend to do bits of drawing and painting, creating ideas for new designs, also packaging up stock for orders and upcoming markets. Undoubtedly, I get distracted by twitter and various blogs/pretty things throughout the day (I like to call this ‘research’).

What is the best thing about your job? 

It’s wonderful to be doing something that I’m truly passionate about. I’m really enjoying the learning process involved in starting a business and developing as an artist.

Do you use any specialist techniques to create your products? 

I like to use a combination of traditional and contemporary methods. I draw, paint in watercolour and work digitally. I have recently been experimenting digitally, creating vector drawings on the iPad.

Your products … 

What is your personal favourite product in your collection?

The Hummingbird Nebula tote bag. It’s the perfect shopping companion.

What are the most popular products in your range?

My range of Garden cards have been very popular. The favourites seem to be the Beetroot and Carrots. It’s lovely to see people’s reactions to the bright colours.

What are you working on at the moment? 

I’ve recently finished a new piece ‘Bees’. I find the natural world hugely inspiring.

What do you have planned for 2013? 

There are some exciting things on the horizon! I’m delighted to be taking part in the Spring volume of Made in Bristol’s temporary emporium Paper Scissors Stone, opening mid-April. It’ll be my first ‘pop-up’ shop experience and I’m really looking forward to it. I am also on the lookout for lots more stockists this year.

Your inspiration … 

What inspires your products? 

A fascination with nature, a sense of nostalgia and a fondness for simplicity.

What other card and gift designers do you admire? 

Quentin Blake has been a favourite since childhood. I find his work so magical, it always makes me smile. At the moment, I really like the work of illustrator and graphic designer Blanca Gómez. She has a lovely clean, simple style. I also really admire artist Susie Brooks’ architectural prints, beautifully balancing line drawings with blocks of colour.

What current or upcoming trend are you’re coveting? 

Vibrant colours for spring.


Thank you Gemma!

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