Who/What/When/Where/Why/How – Debbie Greenaway

Who is your favourite artist/designer out there at the moment?
My favourite designer maker at the moment is DonnaWilson. I love her quirky characters and knitted accessories. They are full of fun and colour. Illustration wise – I love the work of Rebecca Cobb and DavidRoberts.

What is your favourite thing that you’ve ever made?
Hard to choose! I am going to have to pick twothings – one is my small but growing collection of screenprinted andembroidered pictures. The second is the ‘hello sunshine’ design as it alwaysmakes me smile when I screen print it – it never fails to cheer me up!

When life gets a bit monotonous, dreary, predictable and dull, how do you motivate yourself.
I do a number of things to get me going. SometimesI go swimming as it takes me out of the house and away from my work room. It givesme time to think and plan things out. Or I make a cup of tea, tidy up my workarea and write a list of things I want to do or have to do, then I start at thetop and work my way through them – scribbling them out as I complete each task.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration comes from many things and places. Itry and take a sketchbook with me everywhere or a little notebook so I can drawor write things in. Ideas often come from things I see or hear, either fromeveryday life, family or friends, the radio, the telly or from books I haveread or looked at.

Why did you start crafting?
I started making handmade items while at university.During my first year, I made a skeleton for a ‘Day of the Dead’ project and Imade some plush teeth in response to a second year packaging project. MrRobotington followed a couple of months later when I was frustrated with aneditorial project. He started out as a tiny one inch doodle and ended up beingmade in various sizes until a final two metre tall Mr Robotington was made! Helives upstairs and is the hallway monitor.

How do you spend your free time if you aren’t crafting?
I work part time in a library and can often be found there – sometimes I help out with rhyme times or story times which is great fun as libraries are no longer a quiet ‘shhhh please be quiet’ place. Asmentioned earlier – I try to go swimming as often as I can as I really enjoyit. If I am not upstairs in my workroom printing or drawing, then I can befound downstairs watching telly – Monk, Murder She Wrote, Nashville or any goodperiod dramas. I also enjoy baking cakes, making pies and reading books.

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