Meet the maker
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I'm Maddy. I grew up in London but am based between the UK and Argentina at the moment. I’m a big fan of olives, cups of tea and chorizo.
Do you have a favorite project or piece that you’ve created?
Last year I got asked to design a print for the V&A Museum in London, which I've been going to since I was tiny. That was a pretty special project!
What is your creative process like?
I wish I had time to mooch around museums and galleries looking for inspiration, but unfortunately I don't! Instead, anything I see in the street, watch, or even eat might give me an idea. Then I'll start sketching with a pencil before adding in line work with a fine liner. Lastly I'll scan the drawings into my Mac to add color.
What is the hardest part about what you do?
Working alone! Not being part of a team can be really tough, but luckily I've made other designer pals over the years so I know people in the same boat which really helps.
Do you have any advice you’d give a young artist hoping to embark on a creative path?
Don't compare yourself to the 97,745,930 other people on social media who you might feel like are doing better than you. It's just a show reel of people's best moments. Also, don't beat yourself up if you have a bad day.
What is your workspace like?
It depends, I have my studio in London with the collection which we ship out orders from, and then if I'm away from the UK (like I am now) I go to a co-working space so I'm not stuck in the house all day. I used to work from home but the temptation to stay in my pajamas all day was just too much.
What are you working on right now?
I'm organizing a few different fun shoots to show off the collection in different ways, and working on new prints for next winter.
When you find yourself in a creative rut, what do you do to get out of it?
Sometimes it's good to give yourself a few hours off to take your mind off of things so you can come back to it with a fresh perspective. If I feel really hopeless, I might go for a run. The exercise helps to burn off steam.