We interviewed local freelance graphic designer and illustrator, Nicole Long (aka Striped Flamingo). Her whimsy, vintage, girlie, pastel-coloured illustrations are simply beautiful – it’s right up my street. Don’t be surprised if you find Nicole’s work familiar – she has designed a ton of gorgeous stuff for Mr. Price (lucky Mr. Price)!
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself… where you’re from, what you do, any likes / dislikes?
Born in JHB, grown up in Durban. I got my Graphic design degree at Durban University of Technology. I work full time for a Fashion retail store and freelance in my spare time. I love illustration and quirky drawings – my children’s cook book, Little Chef was my stepping stone.
Q: How did you get into the illustration business? Do you have an art or design background?
I have been drawing and painting since before I can remember and I always knew I’d carry it through in whatever I did.
Q: Where do you draw inspiration from when designing?
I draw inspiration from everything and anything around me – from food packaging, colours, children, the outdoors, and even things people say.
Q: Is there a certain style you admire or aspire to?
I like simple, pretty and hand drawn.
Q: Could you share your Secret Indulgence with us?
Shopping for my home, furniture and interior design.
Q: What is your favourite current décor trend?
Aztecs and geometrics in fabrics
Q: Tell us five things on your Bucket List…
Have my own shop
Holiday in Thailand
Publish more books
Q: Do you have a colour that you favour most and why?
Pastel colours, they are soft and refreshing and bring me peace.
Q: What do you have on your bedside table at the moment?
A bridal magazine, a fineliner, iPod & a white clock from typo
Q: Future plans?
A few fabric houses are about to stock my fabrics, I’d like to expand my range and get them into more shops.