The 13 prints - interview with Artwow designer
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The 13 Prints – Fun and Colourful Prints with Motivational and ‘Punny’ Quotes

We are extremely excited to introduce you to one of our best-selling Art Wow artists… The 13 Prints! Focusing on print-on-print designs, Rachel, the artist behind the brand, creates pieces which feature motivational affirmations, sweary-cheekiness, and even ‘punny’ quotes to create designs which are vibrant and bring a smile to your face. Rachel’s prints are perfect for any occasion or recipient, with designs which are not only eye catching, but combine her love for flowers, quotes and polka dots to add a splash of colour and fun to any home. Below is a Q+A with the artist which will give you a little more insight into Rachel and her creative process…

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your name? Where are you based? What does a typical day look like to you?

Hi, I’m Rachel, a Mancunian now living in Sussex. I created The 13 Prints in 2018 whilst on maternity leave with my 2nd son.  I work whenever I can around childcare. The juggle has been a struggle during lockdown, and I’m sure it has been for millions of others! I usually spend my days packing orders and the evenings working on new designs in front of the tv.

How would you describe your style of work?

My work is mainly print on print designs. I love a good pun print too to bring a smile to your face. Hopefully there is something for everyone, from affirmations to sweary prints.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given in life?

People will never forget how you made them feel

What inspires you?

My main inspiration is my family, without being cheesy! It might be something they’ve said or read that’s stuck with me. Those are the special prints for me as they have a story behind them. Then of course…music! There probably isn’t a second whilst we’re awake that there isn’t music being played in our house.

Is there a piece of artwork on Art Wow that you are most proud of? Why?

I think it’s my “polka dot love” design.  It works so well on every single piece, and is so versatile. It could be used for all celebrations if you’re gifting…birthdays, weddings, new baby… It’s probably one of my most simple designs, but my favourite!

If your artwork were music, what would it sound like?

Ohhh that’s a tough one! Depending on the print, it could be anything from The Streets to Cat Stevens!

What artist, past or present has inspired you?

Do you know the most art I have framed on my walls in my house? It’s my son’s paintings. They are very abstract and super fun and colourful.

Who are your biggest influences?

I’ve got some amazing supportive friends on Instagram, most of whom I’ve never met in real life. They are like a cheerleading squad – I can ask them for advice, have a moan and get their opinion on new prints.

What was the last gift you gave someone?

It was my friend’s birthday recently so I bought her a cool Nutella print as she is known to eat a jar in one sitting!

How did you get started as an illustrator?

I wouldn’t call myself an illustrator. I started designing back in 2011 when I designed our wedding invitations, then a few friends asked me to design theirs too…it’s grown slowly from there.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t really like animals (SORRY!). I’d go for a shark though…cruising around the water, pretty fearless.

How did you develop your distinct style? Was it an experimental process?

I think when I released my “oh baby it’s a wild world”. The reaction was so positive, I knew I wanted to stick with that style of print on print.

What have been your biggest creative challenges to date?

Other small businesses copying my ideas. It’s soul destroying!

In one word, describe how art makes you feel.

Inspired

Amy Mahoney

Working for Art Wow was a natural choice for me! After graduating with a first from my Fine Art degree, I didn’t really know where in the art-world I fit in, but as soon as I started working at Art Wow I realised that my passion for art far exceeded just making it myself.  My role allows me to work with other artists to make their designs come to live through the products we hand-print, with me personally being the queen of mug printing. I am continually inspired by the work our artists create, with their being nothing more satisfying then printing a new design for the first time.

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