Hi Vicki, tell us a little bit about you and your family?
I live in Bristol with my partner Jarrod and our 2 year old daughter Iris. I work from home running Handsome Vintage, and Jarrod is a geriatrician in Southmead Hospital.
We love your daughter’s up-cycled nursery! What was your vision behind it?
I wanted Iris’s room to have neutral grey walls with colourful accents and I wanted it to be a snug cosy space for her to play and sleep. I love mid century retro furniture and bright colours and struggled to find any nursery pieces that fitted that description. So I sourced pieces like Iris’s toy box and wardrobe from junk shops and recycling centres and restored and painted them myself.
What’s the story behind your brand Handsome Vintage?
Handsome Vintage started three years ago not long after I had moved to Bristol from Cornwall. I had spent the past 5 years working in art galleries and was desperate to get out from behind the desk and start getting creative again.
I have always loved snooping around junk shops, flea markets and car boot sales and so along with my design background I decided to merge the two and Handsome Vintage was born. Since having my daughter the furniture design inspiration has moved into a more child friendly direction with toy boxes, memory boxes, school chairs and desks.
What inspires your designs?
I am inspired by mid century prints and pattern and always eye popping colour. I love scrolling through Pinterest and creative blogs such as the Jealous Curator and Design Sponge. I very much admire the work of Upcyclers Lucy Turner and Zoe Murphy. Animals often crop up in my illustrations, particularly gazelles!
Can you share a little about your creative process?
Once I have sourced a piece of furniture I will spend time mapping out my design framework on tracing paper. Then the sanding begins. This is my least favourite part of the job! Once this is done along with priming and painting then my favourite part begins, the illustration! I trace my design onto the furniture and then using marker paint pens finalise the design.
Where do you sell your creations?
Lastly, can you share with us any exciting plans for the future?
I am looking forward to continuing with the nursery range and perhaps venturing into fabric and wallpaper designs.