This weekend, we have the pleasure of welcoming Annie Rudkin, as this weekends Christmas meet the maker. Annie and ourselves, have been following each other on Instagram for sometime. We were drawn to Annie’s account through her gorgeous captures of nature, her homely and welcoming looking home, her two kitties and her delicious looking breakfast she posts nearly every morning… If only Instagram had a reach into the square and eat feature…. now there is a thought! When you take a peek at Annie’s personal Instagram account (here) you will see what we mean.
Christmas Meet The Maker
Tell us a little about Annie’s Little Art Room and how your product is different.
I am a watercolour artist and l sell original paintings and greetings cards printed from my original designs via my online shop “Annie’s Little Artroom”.
We are interested to learn how you started your business and how it has grown.
Have you always creative?
After finishing Sixth form I went on to do a Foundation course in Art and Design, but after taking a year out I got a ‘proper’ job and unfortunately didn’t return to my studies and so my Art Career never took off.
It wasn’t until three years ago when I was lucky enough to be offered Voluntary Redundancy from my work that I then decided it was time to fulfill a life long dream and get into the creative world. Due to it having been so long since holding a paint brush in my hand, to build some confidence I enrolled on Water colour painting classes. That very first day at the class was just so wonderful……..I was once again hooked !
Where does your inspiration come from?
One of my first ranges of cards came from my love of fresh seasonal produce, along with my love of cooking and eating ! Each card featured a different fruit or vegetable with a related recipe printed inside.
Another collection “Garden to Table” was inspired by an Instagram friend called Carla (@carla_tomasi). She lives in Italy just outside of Rome and grows the most amazing fruit and vegetables in her garden, along with cooking and baking wonderful bread, pastries, pasta, the list is endless… inspiration was found!
My most recent collections of cards, of course, are for Christmas. I was so excited designing these, as Christmas (to coin a phrase), really is the most wonderful time of the year !
The Noël collection features my favourite Christmas icons……Robins, Holly, Mistletoe and Fir cones……everything that can be found on a Boxing Day stroll !
I’ve given these the clean, minimalist Scandi/Nordic vibe which I love.