Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Focus On... Thunder Peep! {And A Discount!}

Michelle of Thunder Peep is just the nicest person ever! She shared a bit of her creative process with me and even offered a discount code for you lucky ducks! Read on. :)

Tell me some basic info about yourself.
I'm a graphic designer by day - illustrator under the cover of dark. I like to play outside, watch scary movies, read printed newspapers and drink coffee.

{2011 calendar - on sale now!}

What kind of mediums do you use and why?
I start with basic pencil and paper sketch to let the idea play itself out and then I re-create it in Illustrator. I love the feel and look of clean sharp lines and the contrasts that I get from digital drawings. It takes a bit more time, but time well invested.

What made you decide to sell on etsy?
I've been a big fan of etsy as a shopper and I like the idea that's it's not just about shopping. It's a real community. It's a great way to reach a wide variety of customers but it's also such an amazing community, I have learned so much from other sellers and artists on etsy.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I am a big fan of folklore and tradition. In particular Scandinavian folklore and design. It's functional, colourful, personal and quirky. Being that I live on the West Coast I also can't help but be influenced by all the shapes and shades of nature. 

What is your favorite music to craft by?
Lately I have been really getting down with The Sounds (from Sweden) and all the fun 80's tunes mixed into my itunes!

When it's cold outside...
I am that rare person who loves the cold so I'd be outside. Walking the seawall or up the mountain snowshoeiing. I love being able to bundle up in my toque, scarves and mittens :)

When I'm hungry...
I stare at my cupboards looking for the easiest thing to make! 

When I need a boost...
I Skype. Good friends are the best motivators and pick me ups I could as for. Sometimes there are drinks involved ;)

I wish I was/were...
more organized. I have a tendency to leave things to the last minute

If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be...
2 minutes. Everyone is so rushed and attached to their technology these days, I would like to give everyone 2 minutes to just stop and appreciate the moment. It's sometimes the little things in life that have the biggest impact.

If I could have coffee with anyone, it would be...
my Grandma. She was such a great presence in my childhood, I would love to have that now, as an adult.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A penguin. After seeing March of the Penguins I fell in love with the story of the Penguins. Their perseverance and sense of community. Plus they live in Antarctica, one place I would love to visit.

What's your favorite piece of your own?
Hmmm... that's a tough question. The Ice Castle is my most recent piece and when it was all finished I literally wanted to live IN the image i was so excited about it.

What are your favorite blogs/websites right now?
CraftMBA has been a great learning tool for me as I attempt to make a business out of my art. Also on my list of regulars:
Decor8Print Pattern, and the Calgary Flames Insider  - I'm a huge hockey fan!! 

You can find Thunder Peep 
on Facebook
And since Michelle is just the coolest car around, she has offered a discount code just for Kate and Oli readers! When you enter the code "kateandoli", you will receive a 25% discount on your order! So, head on over and get to buying!

1 comment:

  1. how cute! i really liked midsummer dreams print.


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