Ted & Kip: hump day happiness

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This the quirky and cool Ted & Kip are bringing us some hump day happiness cheer. I really love the way Ted & Kip fuse together geometric patterns, animals and jumpers. I hope you enjoy these edgy illustrations. I’ll hand you over to their creator to tell you more…

  1. Who are you and what do you do?

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My name is Anna and I am the owner, designer and illustrator behind Ted & Kip. I draw mainly odd, grumpy geometric animals and create products based upon them.

  1. How/where/why did Ted and Kip begin?

It all officially began about a year ago, however I have been drawing and creating my whole life. It wasn’t until I had children and decided to change careers (I was a solicitor many moons ago!) that I really focused on what I wanted to do and this is it. It really is my dream job!
  1. What inspires your designs?

I love colour and cuteness but I am also drawn to the slightly odd and strange and gloomy! I think my illustrations perfectly mix the two. Another artist recently described my designs as ‘damn cute and a little weird, which I thought summed me up perfectly. In terms of inspiration for a specific illustration, it comes from all over the place. For example I was recently watching a cartoon with my two year old son and it made me want to draw unicorns!
  1. Who inspires you?

There are so many amazing creatives on Instagram and I fill my feed with their work and find that hugely inspiring. My oldest and dearest friends are also all creative people in various fields whether it be in film, graphic design or photography. However the person who inspired me the most and is also my biggest champion is my husband, who is a writer. He is so positive about Ted & Kip and is my go to person when I am problem solving or need encouragement (which we all do sometimes!).
  1. What tools do you use to create your designs?

I could not live without my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil! I tend to just start drawing and see where it takes me, nothing is ever really thought out beforehand (not sure whether I should admit to that!).
  1. What is your favourite item to make?

IMG_0652I have soft spot for papercutting, it is such a slow and methodical process where you really have to concentrate but at the same time you can stop thinking about all the everyday things that clog up your brain. It is my favourite thing to make but they are so time consuming!
  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

This too shall pass. Some days are super amazing and you are creatively charged and everything goes right but others are rubbish and everything you try to do doesn’t quite work. That’s how it goes and it is hard to not be critical when that happens. For some reason this phrase has always suck with me professionally and personally and it is true. When it all goes wrong it will eventually go right again! For some strange reason I find that really comforting.

If you are struggling to choose which cards to take home (like I did) they have a great offer where you you can buy four greeting cards for £6.50. Obviously, I stocked up! I’ve popped all of Ted & Kips’ links below:

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TedandKip

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tedandkip/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tedandkip/

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