The Native State at Artwow

The Native State – Must-Have Bold, Fun, and Modern Prints!

Whether it be bold typography, on-trend patterns or drawings of boobs, the designs produced by The Native State are a must-have for any home! Focusing on positive vibes and designs that bring about happiness, Frankie, the designer and founder of The Native State, creates designs which demand attention. We are very privileged to be able to bring you this Q+A from Frankie in which she gives some more information about her creative process and The Native State

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 Frankie – designer and founder of The Native State. Founded in 2012, The Native State started from a box room in a ground floor flat in Edinburgh, Scotland.  When the call of the Scottish countryside was too much, we (myself, husband and dog Shabba) moved to a small village just outside my hometown of St Andrews in Fife.  With the arrival of our daughter in 2016, The Native State moved to a garden studio where I happily sit today sharing space with my graphic designer husband.

How would you describe your style of work?

Fun and playful art prints that are filled with good intentions, positive vibes and make the world a little bit brighter.

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

Wear comfortable clothes 😉

What inspires you?

Love, family, nature and fun adventures.

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

Dance Floor – it captured people’s attention when the world was turning upside down (hello 2020) and I like to think it bought a little fun and joy into people’s homes when it was needed most.

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

A cool, funky disco track.

What artist, past or present has inspired you?

I love graffiti art and recently bought pieces by Scottish artist Charlie Anderson and Australian based Blacklist Studio. They are both artists I really admire.

What was the last gift you gave someone?

A yummy box of chocolates.

How did you get started as an illustrator?

I’m self-taught. My husband is a graphic designer and taught me the basics and I just learnt on the job.

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

Monkey – cute and a little cheeky, and likes to hang out in trees.

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

Experience.  The Native State started in 2012 and over the years I have developed a style which is recognizable as The Native State.  When designing, I like to think ‘would I have it on my wall?’ – If the answer is no, it doesn’t make the cut. I need to stand behind every design.

What have been your biggest creative challenges to date?

The highs and lows of running your own business.  One day you can be on top of the world and the next you think it might all disappear in a second.  It’s a rollercoaster but over time I’ve learnt to strap on my seatbelt and just roll with it.

In one word, describe how art makes you feel.


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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