What started out as a few sketches to shift a creative block has turned into a successful business for Jo Chambers of Studio Legohead. Trained as a textile designer at Bath Spa University, Jo now supplements her commission work as a part-time lecturer there. Jo’s late grandmother’s style, she explains, has been a huge influence on on her own creative style used in her pet portraits: “very eclectic, jumbled….but always interesting, a bit odd, but fun”. It is no doubt these eccentric and playful qualities are those that Jo’s clients are drawn to time and time again. Given Jo’s background in textiles, she also machine embroiders her illustrations, as well as using paint and collage to create her portraits of people’s beloved four-legged friends. Specialising in canines and felines I asked Jo whether she has a favourite. “I am actually more of a cat person I think, although having worked now with dog owners for nearly a year and a half I would really love a dog later down the line. Initially I liked the independence of a cat, but the thought of having a canine buddy is very appealing now!” And her pooch of choice? “I would dearly love a pug, schnauzer, greyhound, or any canine that looks a bit grumpy. Drawing grumpy looking canines was what got me started…(I) just love the fact that they look like they have so much personality and character!”
It sounds like Jo has some exciting projects on the horizon, but has them keep tightly under wraps for now! I’m thinking these would look fabulous screen printed on silk scarves…how utterly gorgeous would that be?! Visit Jo’s online Etsy shop for portraits or greeting cards. Most of Jo’s work is through commissions, so drop her a line with some good quality pictures of your puss or pooch, with a description of their personality and any adornments you’d like her to add. A4 portraits at $175 (USD) including p&p and would make a delightful treat for yourself, a friend, or in tribute to a departed pet.
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